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Five Takeaways From Game of Thrones’s Making-Of Documentary, The Last Watch


Five Takeaways From Game of Thrones’s Making-Of Documentary, The Last Watch

Now that Game of Thrones has wrapped, fans of the hit HBO series are looking for the next best series—or, they’re looking for even more Game of Thrones content to fill the void. And die-hard fans are in luck: Last night, HBO dropped The Last Watch, a new behind-the-scenes documentary that exposes what went into making the final season of the show.

During the two-hour doc, director Jeanie Finlay allows an inside look at season 8. Viewers are privy to a table-read with the whole cast (a strange sight to see powerful characters such as John Snow and Daenerys in pedestrian clothing). Plus, we see at what lengths the crew went to keep the show’s final episodes from being leaked (not an easy feat). Below, the must-see moments.

Kat Harington Gets Emotional

While cast members have remained adamant that they never knew what was going to happen with the plot or their characters throughout the series, the documentary proved it. During a table-read, Kit Harrington (John Snow) finds out that that his character will kill Daenerys (Emilia Clarke), and he becomes very emotional, covering his hand over his mouth in shock, his eyes watery. He then looks to Clarke, who simply nods with a knowing look. (Maybe she was told beforehand.)

The Script Was Top Secret

One of Game of Thrones’s biggest battles was avoiding leaks or spoilers. The documentary showed how exactly they achieved that. One of the ways? After the scripts were read by the cast, they were instantly shredded; actors later received digital copies to study their lines. But all paper trails were repeatedly discarded.

Strategic Decoys

In addition to the scripts being handled with top secrecy, the making-of video also showed how the show used decoys to throw fans off during filming. During a shoot in Seville, Spain, for instance, when Bran is voted as king, random cast members who were not actually in the scene were asked to be present, just to mislead the paparazzi and spectators. They even took selfies with nearby gawkers.

The Night King’s Existential Crisis

Vladimir Furdik, who played the villainous Night King, gets some screen time in the doc. It exposed the talented stuntman that was buried beneath all that dead-ish makeup. He has a moment where he ponders whether he is an actor and truly part of the cast, or if he is just helping the other stars shine. “I prepare them to look good in front of the camera, and always, I was [the] shadow behind them,” he says. “Nobody saw me. Now I’m in the front line, so I’m like, ‘Wow what am I doing here? Why me?’”

Daenerys’s Next-Level Wig

The production value that went into maintaining Daenerys’s perfect icy-blonde locks? Worth its own documentary alone. New footage showed Clarke being fitted for her wig: before it’s put on, she must wear a skullcap, which is then painted her natural skin tone. Then, once the wig is placed, a member of the crew was even assigned purely to keeping an eye on Daenerys’s signature icy locks. (Because even when fighting a war, the hair’s gotta be on point.) “That is still the most beautiful hair I will ever have on my head,” Clarke says in the makeup room at one point.