HBO has released not one, but two different featurettes dedicated to the most recent episode of Game of Thrones final season. Fans were forced to wait for nearly two years between seasons as David Benioff, D.B. Weiss and the network prepped season 8 and, so far, the consensus seems to be that it was worth the wait. We're now one-third of the way through the show's final run and for those feeling particularly impatient while waiting for next week's episode to drop, these videos may just do the trick.
Not only do they help offer some character perspective, but they also offer a lot of insight into just how much went into making A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.
The first Inside the Episode video has creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss breaking down what is going through some of the characters' heads during the events of this episode, offering some insight from their own, very qualified perspective. Weiss kicks off the video by discussing the complicated dynamic between Jaime and Daenerys. Here's what he had to say about it.
"When Jaime shows up to Winterfell it's very difficult for almost anybody to know how to feel about it. On the one hand, Dany looks at him as this person who murdered her father, and even if she has come to terms with who her father was, and what her father really was, it probably doesn't entirely erase the sting of her father's murderer showing up on her doorstep."
But that's just the tip of the iceberg for fans who want to dive deeper on the most recent episode of Game of Thrones. HBO also released a much more in-depth, 20-minute making-of featurette, which takes an even more elaborate look in all of the drama that unfolded in A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms. This particular video gives a lot more perspective on the filmmaking process, which looks just as massive in scope and detailed, if not more so, than many Hollywood blockbusters.
"Because we were spending so much of this season in Winterfell that meant greatly expanding Winterfell. You can't just use the same three or four sets over and over again without it starting to look redundant."
Despite the show's pending conclusion drawing ever nearer, HBO is already planning their return to the world of Westeros. They've ordered a pilot for a prequel set thousands of years before the events viewers have been watching unfold. Naomi Watts is set to lead the cast.
This particular episode served as something of a calm before the storm, as the stage has been set for the long-awaited Battle of Winterfell. This particular battle has been hyped up for a long time and promises to be a battle for the ages, be it on the big or small screen. Game of Thrones season 8 returns on HBO this Sunday. Be sure to check out both of the new featurettes from the GameofThrones YouTube channel below.