Game of Thrones: The Last Watch gives the audience one last goodbye, showing insight into the production of the eighth and final season.
I do not believe for one second that HBO predicted that the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones was going to be divisive. In its build-up, it was all about the grand occasion; the certainty was that whatever happened, it would be met by an epic battle to end all battles. And that did happen, and whether or not we agree with character decisions or how they drew closure on the ending, there is no disputing the sense of achievement. Documentary Game of Thrones: The Last Watch confirms everything we knew behind-the-scenes — a considerable effort that many would love to have been a part of.
One moment in Game of Thrones: The Last Watch has already circulated social media like wildfire. The moment where Kit Harrington reads out the pivotal moment between Jon Snow and Daenerys. The scene hits Kit like a heavy brick, his attachment to his character reducing him to a blubbering mess at the script reading, while Emilia Clarke serves an amusing facial expression to match the emotional occasion. There are plenty of moments like this in the HBO documentary, but the script reading spoke the most volumes. For the cast in the room, this journey was a significant part of their life.
Game of Thrones: The Last Watch gives the audience insight into the process of making a story like this work, especially in TV, a financially restricting environment that does not offer the same funding exclusivities like a major film. The set building, planting snow, applying makeup, choreography, green screens in tents, doing Daenerys’ wig every morning, prepping the thousands of extras (and feeding them) and even finding an area where the smokers smoke looks painfully exhausting to an organized level I’d hate to implement.
But if anything Game of Thrones: The Last Watch is a great tribute to the fans. Even the supporters that were not pleased with the last season will feel grateful for this documentary and will confirm their appreciation for what this team did for them across eight years.
Daniel Hart is the Co-Founder of Ready Steady Cut and has operated as Editor-in-Chief since 2017.