‘Game of Thrones: The Last Watch’: How HBO Is Saying Goodbye To ‘Game of Thrones?

Winter is coming. Tonight, after eight incredible seasons, Game of Thrones, one of the world’s most watch television shows, will come to its ultimate conclusion. The series finale premieres on HBO tonight at 9 PM EST. But if you aren’t quite ready to say goodbye to the epic show, we’ve got some good news for you.

The Cast of Game of Thrones
The Cast of Game of Thrones | Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Despite a polarizing final season, it’s hard to believe that after eight years the show is officially coming to its end. Game of Thrones has an extraordinary fan base and a near cult-like following. The beloved show holds the record for the most number of Primetime awards won and is the most watched HBO series of all time, surpassing The Sopranos by several million viewers. Millions of people are anxiously awaiting the answer to the ultimate question. Who will sit upon the Iron Throne?

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The Last Watch

But, while the show ends tonight, this is not the last we’ll see of Westeros. HBO commissioned a special, 2-hour documentary entitled Game of Thrones: The Last Watch, which chronicles the making of the eighth season. This documentary, directed by highly-respected British filmmaker, Jeanie Finlay, is an in-depth look at the creative process behind making the final season.

Providing a synopsis of the film, HBO released the following statement: “Game of Thrones: The Last Watch delves deep into the mud and blood to reveal the tears and triumphs involved in the challenge of bringing the fantasy world of Westeros to life in the very real studios, fields and car-parks of Northern Ireland. Made with unprecedented access, 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.”

No doubt this film will be an excellent send-off for fans to properly say goodbye to the series they love so much. It might also provide the opportunity for fans who haven’t been so happy with the final season a better understanding and appreciation for all of the hard work, dedication, and sacrifice that goes into making such an epic show. But what kind of in-depth footage can we expect from the film? Let’s take a look at the clues that the trailer provides us with.

The trailer

HBO released a trailer for the documentary, giving fans a glimpse at the types of inside information that we can expect from the film. Here we learn details like the fact that each episode requires as much production and work as a feature film. We also get to see footage of Emilia Clarke’s last shot in the series as Daenerys Targaryen.

But, perhaps the most emotional aspect of the trailer comes from the final table read. “This is strange. Here we are at the last table read, it’s like looking around and seeing your family.” we hear in the background as the camera pans over crying cast members and crew. It’s clear, at that moment, that as much as the show means to fans, it means even more to those who had a hand in creating it.

When does it premiere

Game of Thrones: The Last Watch debuts on HBO Sunday, May 26, 2019, at 9 PM EST, just a week following the series finale. We’ll definitely be tuning in to watch all the behind-the-scenes action. For now, we’re gearing up to see who will win the game of thrones tonight.