The final episode of the penultimate season of Game of Thrones has been aired and many fans are now left wondering what they'll get excited about every week. We also have no idea when the next season will premiere, considering the seventh one was delayed for several months because of production challenges.
But the good people at HBO have been kind enough to give us a look at how one of the best seasons of the show came to life. The broadcasting company will be releasing Game Revealed every week, which will provide a behind-the-scenes insight into everything from White Walkers, dragons, deaths and everything in between.
The first episode of Game Revealed obviously focuses on 'Dragonstone', the first instalment of the seventh season. It showed fans why the director, Jeremy Podeswa, started with that incredible opening scene showing Arya impersonating Walder Frey before she kills his entire army.
Podeswa says: "It's always interesting when you're starting a new season and, you know, the question is always: what do you start with?
"Are you going to start with something small to kind of ease your way in, or are you going to start with something huge and get it over with and put that behind you. In this case we start with something really huge."
Masie Williams (Ayra Stark) says she was blown away by the mask the team had concocted to make her look exactly like David Bradley (Walder Frey). She also mentions how nice it was to shoot a scene with Ed Sheeran. The musician said: "I first got the scene and said I was a Lannister soldier and it was with Masie and I just assumed we'd all get killed in the end."
Masie Williams with Ed Sheeran
It also showed how much of a process it was to turn actors and extras into White Walkers. A time lapse shows one man sitting in a chair for what seems like hours as his prosthetics are painted on. On YouTuber commented saying: "It honestly is amazing how much time and effort they put into making every episode of Game of Thrones."
The video also reveals that the man that Cersi Lannister (Lena Headey) dismisses while he's painting the massive map of the Seven Kingdoms in the Red Keep is Jim Stanes, who actually came up with the original design for the map for the TV series.
Shooting Game of Thrones
The first time we see Samwell Tarly (John Bradley) in the new season is a montage of him working in the Citadel. While that scene only lasts a few minutes, it took three and a half days to shoot it.
The painstaking work that went into creating the set at Daenerys Targaryen's (Emilia Clarke) home was also revealed. The team actually carved out two massive dragon's heads and built those huge doors, which Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) says: "The gates of Dragonstone, it's probably be on film for about 30 seconds but so much detail and work went into this set."
The gates of Dragonstone
The first instalment of Game Revealed is free to watch on YouTube, however the rest will only be available to those who have an HBO subscription. They will come out every Monday for the next six weeks so now you'll have something to look forward to again.
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