This review contains spoilers for Game of Thrones season 8.
Whenever you sit down to watch an occurrence of Game of Thrones, it doesn’t take long to become fully immersed in the characters, plot, and the visuals coming together. That control true even in the show’s final season, which proved to be its most divisive. But amid the online chaos, it’s easy to forget all of the blood, sweat, and tears from the countless crew members who helped manufacture that final season a reality–and in Game of Thrones: The Last-place Watch, they’re lastly getting their due.
Game of Thrones: The Last Watch
RELEASE DATE: 5/ 26/2019
DIRECTOR: Jeanie Finlay
STREAMING: HBO Go/ HBO Now
A documentary film gang results the cast and crew of’ Game of Thrones’ as they drive tirelessly( and often thanklessly) to erect and movie the final season of the most important one television show in the world.
The Last Watch takes us from the start of production to the final cover and dives into everything in between. Director Jeanie Finlay spends a not-insignificant amount of hour examining what it required in order to constitute Game of Thrones, showing us the less glamorous aspects of that make, such as the meetings and planning to make it happen. At one point, creator Christopher Newman presents Finlay his schedule on his computer.
It’s in that minutia that The Last Watch often detects its heart. Finlay adheres several the officers of the crew throughout make, rendering the documentary a reasonably linear feel, even if it’s missing elsewhere, aside from where it starts and aims. You won’t find much insight from the actors and novelists, besides when they’re in the midst of doing their jobs or having a moment of downtime in the makeup trailer.
Fans have already fallen in love with Andrew McClay, the additional( and longtime Game of Thrones and A Song of Ice and Fire fan) who’s worked on the evidence for several years as both a soldier fighting for Stannis Baratheon and later the Starks. His enthusiasm is infectious among the crew, who get excited when he’s about to come in for his dres fitting. He even came up with a name and storyline for his reference.( It’s Aberdel Strongbeard .)
We also expend a great deal of time with Vladimir Furdik, a stuntman who became the Night King in season 6. His work moves primarily unseen, but Game of Thrones–on which he already wielded prior to becoming the Night King–made him the face of one of the show’s rogues. He struggles with the duality of his roles, but his delight upon being recognized by devotees who gather at the inn near the shooting location of the dragonpit vistums is palpable.
If there are any obvious gaps in The Last Watch, it’s that it more or less points formerly principal photography wrappers. With Game of Thrones, that’s obviously not the case; according to HBO, it took 42 weeks of post-production to complete season 8. There is so much more that goes into creating the audio, music, and visual influences that a single documentary exactly couldn’t undertake, although Finlay does a great job of showing us what goes on while the cameras are rolling.
The Last Watch might not change how you feel about the final season of Game of Thrones, but it should give you a greater appreciation of how it was made. Even although it was might not have gone how you wanted, you can’t deny that many of the people who stirred it were just as invested in it as we were.