It appears the night of Sunday, May 19th will not be our last taste of Game of Thrones. Not quite, anyway. On May 26, a week after the series finale, during the same 9:00–11:00 p.m. ET/PT time-slot in which the show would usually air, we’ll get to watch an epically long 2-hour behind-the-scenes documentary on the making of season eight!
For a year, acclaimed British filmmaker Jeanie Finlay, known for her documentaries Seahorse, Orion: The Man Who Would Be King, Pantomime, The Great Hip Hop Hoax, Sound It Out and Goth Cruise, was embedded on the set of the Game of Thrones and chronicled the creation of the show’s most ambitious and complicated season.
Game of Thrones: The Last Watch will delve deep into the mud and blood to reveal the tears and triumphs involved in the challenge of bringing the fantasy world of Westeros to life in the very real studios, fields and car-parks of Northern Ireland. Made with unprecedented access, this film will give us an up-close and personal report from the trenches of production, following the crew and the cast as they contend with extreme weather, punishing deadlines and an ever-excited fandom hungry for spoilers.
The film is advertised as “much more than a ‘making of’ documentary.” It is, instead, “a funny, heartbreaking story, told with wit and intimacy, about the bittersweet pleasures of what it means to create a world – and then have to say goodbye to it.”
Game of Thrones: The Last Watch is a Glimmer Films feature created for HBO; directed by Jeanie Finley; executively produced by Game of Thrones producers David Benioff. D.B. Weiss, and Bernadette Caulfield; produced by Jeanie Finlay, Rachel Hooper, and Martin Mahon; edited by Alice Powell; filmed by Jeanie Finlay, Mark Bushnell, Louise Liddy, Aaron Black, and Richard Jephcote; and composed by Hannah Peel.
The documentary will debut on HBO on Sunday, May 26, but it will also be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and partnered streaming platforms.