If you're upset that Game of Thrones is ending its eight-season run shortly, don't panic because there's still a little more show left to be enjoyed.
A week after Game of Thrones airs its series finale, HBO will premiere a full-length documentary about the making of series entitled The Last Watch.
The trailer begins with footage from the last table read for the series. While we see shots of the cast, including a crying Kit Harrington sitting in between Peter Dinklage, Rory McCann and Sophie Turner, we can hear the voice of series co-creator D.B. Weiss saying, "It's like looking around and seeing your family." The massive table containing over two dozen cast members burst into applause while Weiss and co-showrunner David Benioff stand at the head of the table clapping as well. Later in the video, a voice announces that Emilia Clarke has finished her last shot as she is surrounded by applauding crew, one of whom wipes tears from their eyes.
HBO releases featurettes after every Game of Thrones episode in which the showrunners, along with cast featured in the episode, provide context to what was filmed and offer interesting background information. However, the documentary The Last Watch will feature far more comprehensive and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and interviews of the cast and crew. In fact, it's likely HBO has been sitting on footage since Game of Thrones made its debut in April 2011, which will have even more value now that the show is coming to an end.
Based on the 70-second trailer, audiences will get a glimpse into the immense efforts spent in mounting the show over eight years. The scope of some episodes arguably dwarfed some feature-length films, with each episode of the final season costing approximately $15 million. The third episode of Season 8, "The Battle of Winterfell," took around 55 days to complete.
The two-hour documentary was directed by Jeanie Finlay, whose credits include Seahorse, Orion: The Man Who Would be King and The Great Hip Hop Hoax.
The Last Watch will air May 26 at 9 p.m. on HBO, one week after the series finale of Game of Thrones.
Airing Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on HBO, Game of Thrones stars Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister, Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark, Maisie Williams as Arya Stark and Kit Harington as Jon Snow.