Now that season 7 of “Game of Thrones” has concluded, fans are left only with season 8 theories to keep them warm at night. Not to worry, HBO has you covered: The network is releasing a jam-packed behind-the-scenes featurette for each episode of the season, beginning with the premiere. In a show that hinges upon wild feats of technical innovation and production design, every moment has been planned down to the last detail. In “Game Revealed,” the short series details the thought processes behind some of the season’s most complicated and mesmerizing technical feats.
Acting as guide is episode director Jeremy Podeswa, who began his shoot with a shocking scene in which Arya Stark, in disguise as Walter Frey, poisons the entire Frey army. Podeswa reveals that with well-placed cuts and a strong performance from Maisie Williams, Arya’s un-masking became the episode’s greatest moment. Next we move onto the White Walkers’ gnarly transformations, with an assembly line of make-up artists working round the clock to make the terrifying faces come to life. Seeing a smiling and waving White Walker is a bit disorienting, but at least someone was having fun.
Another highlight is the controversial Ed Sheeran scene, with an unwitting Sheeran explaining his analysis of the scene. Fans would later pillory the appearance online, but Sheeran was all smiles on set. The enormous painted map of Westeros that Cersei Lannister tramples all over in her quest for world domination took countless hours from the production team, which they designed to emulate the opening credits.
With so many green screen shots, it takes a peek behind the curtain to fully appreciate the acting work that goes into making “Game of Thrones” the epic show that it is.
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