If you’re not quite ready to say goodbye to Westeros, it’s OK. HBO has something special planned for fans of its long-running fantasy epic. On Wednesday, the network announced a two-hour Game of Thrones documentary that explores the grueling final season in vivid detail. Game of Thrones: The Last Watch will air one week after the series finale and it’s sure to be as emotional and revealing as the eighth season itself.
According to Entertainment Tonight, British filmmaker Jake Finlay spent a year with the Game of Thrones cast and crew, chronicling the creation of season eight, which the actors have said included some of the most grueling shoots in the show’s history, like the battle at Winterfell. According to reports, this massive sequence required 11 weeks of night shoots to complete principal photography.
“It was the most unpleasant experience I’ve had on Thrones,” Iain Glen, who plays Ser Jorah Mormont, told People magazine about the experience. “A real test, really miserable. … But without getting too method [acting] about it, on screen it bleeds through to the reality of the Thrones world.”
Whether we’ll see the creation of that battle in Game of Thrones: The Last Watch isn’t certain, but it’s safe to assume the two-hour documentary will spend at least some time on the potentially plot-altering fight against the Night King and his Army of the Dead at the Stark stronghold.
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Plot details for Game of Thrones season eight are being kept strictly under wraps, though the cast has hinted at big shake-ups for every character, whether they live or die. In a recent interview with ET, director David Nutter, who helms the season eight premiere, said, “I know that I can say this: If you’re a fan of the show, you will be completely satisfied by where the series goes to. They’ve really done a tremendous job in servicing the drama and the characters and so forth, and there are many ups and downs and twists and turns all across the Game of Thrones society and the world they are.”
He added, “It’s such a complete and satisfying finale and where the show goes to, and the journey that it takes, that it lives up to the hype and lives up to why the audience loves the show so much. It’s going to be something quite, very special.”
When it’s all said and done, fans can discover the magic behind the final season in Game of Thrones: The Last Watch, which will air Sunday, May 26 at 9/8c on HBO.
Game of Thrones returns Sunday, April 14.