Game of Thrones Season 8 ‘First Day on Set’ Behind the Scenes Featurette!

First Day on Set Season 8 Behind the Scenes

HBO just released a short —I can’t emphasize enough just how short it is— featurette about the first day on set of the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones, with the cast arriving early in the morning and getting ready to shoot. Take a look!

The video features Liam Cunningham, Nathalie Emmanuele, Jacob Anderson, Sophie Turner, Isaac Hampstead Wright, Gwendoline Christie, Kit Harington, and Iain Glen, though you’ll miss many of them if you blink for even a second:

Such a short video would have been torture a few months ago, but right now, two short days from the season premiere? I think I can take it! What about you?

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  1. And no Emilia, which seems to be the theme these days. Very disappointed that we are not seeing her more.

  2. I’ll take anything I can get, but I am content at this point. Well, minus no premeire title. The Belfast Red Carpet is going on as well. 2 days! #ForTheThrone

  3. Boojam:
    All that stuff on that channel but where is Alfie?

    I’m beginning to think we won’t see much of Alfie this season. Maybe an episode or two?

  4. What I got out of that… They all had their own personal trailer/camper! That one shot looked like a campground. 🙂

  5. Tonight’s Minnesota Twins game in Minneapolis was suppose to be “Game of Thrones Night.” The game was postponed until next month because Winter Came Back. :/

    (my area has gotten nearly 20″ since Wednesday night after all of the snow had already melted)

  6. Makes you realise just how hard these guys have to work on the show.. 7am shoots, and that’s after hours in hair and makeup. I’m lucky I’m able to function before 10am!

    Also… waiting patiently for someone to screen capture the frames showing the set to see if there’s any titbits… 😋

  7. The clip is short and i guess part of the 2-hour documentary cause not much there otherwise… but with all those people I was thinking…. where is Emilia? Did I miss her? With all those people, feeling like Stark-Targ first meeting, I would assume she would also be in there.

  8. Yep same. “Video unavailable.” :p Okay though from reading the comments we’re not missing much.

  9. OT: I just rewatched beyond the wall for the first time since the year it aired (watched it a couple times then). It was very stressful, hard to watch, and heartbreaking. Guys I have no idea what to expect this season, although I am sure we are getting another whitewalker army of the dead battle (massacre) I don’t think I can handle it with so many of my favorites being involved this time around. Ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  10. Dee Stark:
    OT: I just rewatched beyond the wall for the first time since the year it aired (watched it a couple times then). It was very stressful, hard to watch, and heartbreaking. Guys I have no idea what to expect this season, although I am sure we are getting another whitewalker army of the dead battle (massacre) I don’t think I can handle it with so many of my favorites being involved this time around. Ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    Right there with you, Dee. It’s gonna be one of the best times of our lives… and one of the most stressful, too.

  11. serum:
    Jack Bauer 24,

    seriously, can we please get a friggin episode title already!

    We’re literally just 53 hours away and we still don’t have 8×01’s title. It’s crazy. The worst part is, so many people thinking it’s because the title’s a big spoiler but I bet it isn’t. lmao

  12. I was thinking the same thing. All this stress over episode titles and it’ll probably just turn out to be something simple and completely non spoilery like, “Winterfell”.

    As I think about it more, has there ever been an episode title that’s been spoilery? I can’t think of one.

  13. serum:
    Jack Bauer 24,

    seriously, can we please get a friggin episode title already!

    Hibberd said he’s not expecting it until Sunday night. Since they haven’t released it by now, i doubt they will tomorrow. Sunday it is it seems. I think they’ll do that with the other episodes as well.

  14. Does anyone else get a “this video is not available” error message?

    I just posted this and got some weird article about a wall elevator!

  15. viki:
    The clip is short and i guess part of the 2-hour documentary cause not much there otherwise… but with all those people I was thinking…. where is Emilia? Did I miss her? With all those people, feeling like Stark-Targ first meeting, I would assume she would also be in there.

    There was only a quick shot of her getting her hair (wig) done. Here’s a screenshot someone took

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D390sGdWwAAZeJc.jpg

  16. DAVOS behind him a massive BOAT set with GREEN SCREEN.

    HUMMM….. where might he be going from? white harbor?

  17. Somebody send me a maester with Pepto-Bismol. My GoT Oreos arrived. I decided to sample a few. I didn’t stop. 🤮

  18. Carole H,

    Hi Carole, the Youtube link that Mr Derp posted works fine. Its probably the old issue that viewers outside of the US/Canada have been barred. Probably an HBO thing!

  19. Mr Derp:
    I was thinking the same thing.All this stress over episode titles and it’ll probably just turn out to be something simple and completely non spoilery like, “Winterfell”.

    As I think about it more, has there ever been an episode title that’s been spoilery?I can’t think of one.

    Nothing major really.

    Battle of the Bastards probably gives away Jon’s resurrection. Dragon and the Wolf = J +D.

    Other than that I doubt there’s been major spoilers in titles.

  20. Yeah, calling titles spoiler is probably a reach since they sometimes are more like hints. “Dragonstone” pretty much told us where Daenerys would land, but then many already knew that a long time before the title was released.

  21. Jack Bauer 24,

    Even if the episode title is spoilery, it will eventually go on to the BluRay set, and then spoil people watching it for the first time that way. The simple solution seems to be.. don’t make the episode title a spoiler..? 🙂 At least not for the season premiere.

    Who knows though.. it probably isn’t spoilery, and HBO is just sitting back with popcorn watching fans tear out their hair over it.

  22. King in the North East,

    Eh, thats only somewhat spoilery if someone who hasn’t seen the show before is looking at episode titles in seasons 6 and 7 and even then it’s not very spoilery. I’m not sure why anyone would do that unless they want to be spoiled anyway.

    My guess is that the episode will be called “Winterfell” and all the people who are desperate for a title are going to get all pissed off that the title isn’t cool enough for them, but hopefully not 🙂

  23. Just judging from pics showing up online the Belfast carpet doesn’t look like they dressed quite as glamoursly. I do like Maisie’s ‘look’ better than last week though.

  24. Jack Bauer 24,
    Thanks for this. Love it, particularly the Funko giant! Never really wanted one of their figures before but I’d definitely buy that giant, although I’d probably have to get a normal sized one too for comparison.

  25. Dee Stark:
    OT: I just rewatched beyond the wall for the first time since the year it aired (watched it a couple times then). It was very stressful, hard to watch, and heartbreaking. Guys I have no idea what to expect this season, although I am sure we are getting another whitewalker army of the dead battle (massacre) I don’t think I can handle it with so many of my favorites being involved this time around. Ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    I am right there with you with being a bundle of nerves over this! I am rewatching before Sunday and am up to the loot train episode in season 7, but when it came to Hardhome, seeing those wights carving up everybody who stood in their way and then BOTB in season 6 with Jon nearly dying in the crush, it brought it home how I am not ready to see characters I love dying, most likely horrifically. I am so not ready!!!

  26. “The Broken Man” was a little spoilery, but mostly because Ian McShane went out of his way to tell us what was going to happen.

  27. Tron79: That “Bit——-t word was used again on that twitter link!#BITTERDREGS#ALMOSTLESSTHAN2DAYS

    I just say 1 day now lol. Today’s pretty much over where I am, so just Saturday left and then Premiere Day is here!

  28. Jack Bauer 24: I just say 1 day now lol. Today’s pretty much over where I am, so just Saturday left and then Premiere Day is here!

    Yep. As Penny Lane (and Polexia, Russel, Ric, and William) said in Almost Famous…..“It’s all happening!”

  29. Just watched Stannis burn Shireen for only the 2nd time. I definitely think that’s the hardest scene to watch from the entire series. I don’t plan on watching it again. I would have deserted Stannis too after that. And I’m reminded that Mel still gotta die a horrible death in retribution.

  30. I honestly don’t give a rat’s ass about episode titles. Why does it bovver people so much?

    I am 100% not ok with the season starting on Sunday. Nooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!! Because as soon as it starts, it’s over! 😭

  31. Does anyone really work at hbo in the weekend who could change the episode titles or is it some it department who only work Monday till Friday.

    What if hbo just forgot and they find out Monday they didn’t release the episode title. Would be a huge blunder. If I remember correctly every episode title was released on Monday till Friday never in the weekend.

  32. Quite a “fun” little video.

    Off-topic, we know that GRRM is fond of words such as “wench” and “mayhaps”. “Mayhaps” I don’t hear these days but I saw something in a (non-GoT) online discussion recently when somebody said the word “wench” had a pejorative tone. I live in central England (well north-west central England) but I’ve heard the word “wench” used as an alternative for “girl” – and not in a Ren Fair way. My late father used it sometimes and he was from the outskirts of Liverpool. It’s possibly getting old-fashioned (i.e. “wench” as an everyday word) but I have heard it in some parts of what used to be South Staffordshire and perhaps into Worcestershire (Dudley used to be an island of Worcestershire inside Staffordshire and Stourport in in Worcestershire proper) – I asked about it and someone from that area said sometimes a bloke might say “me wench” for “my wife” or “my girlfriend” or “your wench” for “your wife”/”your partner” etc. That’s a regional use I guess – does “wench” have bad connotations in other parts of the English speaking world?

  33. Black Raven,

    Thank you Black Raven I have seen it. 👍
    Watched KH on Graham Norton this morning sadly EC wasn’t on as advertised. Only 2 more sleeps for me😂

  34. Pigeon:
    I honestly don’t give a rat’s ass about episode titles. Why does it bovver people so much?

    I am 100% not ok with the season starting on Sunday. Nooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!! Because as soon as it starts, it’s over!

    I was thinking they could call it:

    “Episode One”.

    That would work nicely.

  35. Mango: I was thinking they could call it:

    “Episode One”.

    That would work nicely.

    LOL. That would be hilarious. I also like ‘Untitled’, as it could have more than one meaning. 😉

  36. I am right behind you both, just finished Queens Justice this evening. I won’t finish the full rewatch but should get a couple more in tomorrow night before the premiere.

  37. Pigeon: LOL. That would be hilarious. I also like ‘Untitled’, as it could have more than one meaning.

    Very clever and amusing suggestion!

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