Game of Thrones will air its eighth and final season next month and that has fans of the series feeling of two minds about it. Just as much as they're excited about the show's return, they're equally sad to see it go. Luckily, HBO is just as sad to see it go, for various reasons, and they're doing everything they can to make season 8 a major event. The network has just announced that they will air a feature-length documentary, exactly one week after the series finale, that chronicles the making of the series' final season.
The two-hour documentary is titled Game of Thrones: The Last Watch and comes from filmmaker Jeanie Finlay. This isn't being billed as the average behind the scenes look. Rather, Finlay was given total access in order to make this movie an event unto itself, which should do a lot to help fans cope with the loss of their beloved world of Westeros. HBO had this to say about what to expect from the doc.
"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."
As for Jeanie Finlay, her previous credits include Orion: The Man Who Would Be King, Pantomime, The Great Hip Hop Hoax, Goth Cruise and Sound it Out. This will be her eighth feature overall. It would seem the project is in very good and capable hands. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, who created the TV show based on the series of books by George R.R. Martin, serve as executive producers of the documentary. Bernadette Caulfield, Rachel Hooper and Martin Mahon are also on board as producers.
The final season of Game of Thrones is just six episodes in total, but there is a lot going down in those episodes. The final four will clock in at about 90 minutes each, making them feel like movies more than episodes of a TV series. It's certainly going to be a bittersweet goodbye, but at least HBO didn't skimp on the goods. They've put all of their resources behind this to make for a satisfying conclusion. The amount of work they put into this documentary speaks to that as well.
Fortunately, they are already working on a prequel series that will take place thousands of years before what we've already seen, with Naomi Watts set to star in the lead. As for Game of Thrones: The Last Watch? It debuts Sunday, May 26. Game of Thrones season 8 will debut its first episode on April 14 on HBO.