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As we are all acutely aware by now, the final series of Game of Thrones is coming to our screens on Sky Atlantic in April. For a lot of folk, it is going to leave a massive gap in their lives once it is gone.
Exactly one week after the show comes to its dramatic conclusion, we'll get to see a two-hour-long 'making of' documentary called Game of Thrones: The Last Watch.
It's been directed by Jeanie Finlay and apparently it chronicles 'the creation of the show's most ambitious and complicated season'.
The press release that HBO put out about the film said: "Made with unprecedented access, Game of Thrones: The Last Watch is 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.
"Much more than a 'making of' documentary, this is 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."
To make this behind-the-scenes documentary, Finlay was offered pretty much unlimited access to the show and was right there in the muck and the blood throughout the filming of the final season.
If nothing else, it'll be of interest to people who want to know about the hard graft and effort that goes into shooting a scene as ambitious as the huge battle scene that we're assured is coming.
Think 'The Battle of the Bastards' multiplied by 'Hardhome' and you should be somewhere in the same ball park. According to Vladimir Furdik, who plays the Night King, it will start in the third episode of the season.
He told Hungarian news website Sorozat Wiki: "In the third part of the last season, there is a battle that the creators intend to be the biggest in television history. Almost the full episode will be about the battle, it will take about an hour."
Bryan Cogman, who is co-executive producer of the HBO flagship show, told Entertainment Weekly: "What we have asked the production team and crew to do this year truly has never been done in television or in a movie.
"This final face-off between the army of the dead and the army of the living is completely unprecedented and relentless and a mixture of genres even within the battle. There are sequences built within sequences built within sequences.
"David and Dan [GoT showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss] wrote an amazing puzzle and Miguel came in and took it apart and put it together again. It's been exhausting but I think it will blow everybody away."
Game of Thrones: The Last Watch will premiere on Sky Atlantic and HBO on 26 May. The final season of Game of Thrones starts on 15 April on Sky Atlantic in the UK.
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