Movie Review: Game of Thrones: The Last Watch

July 1st, 2019

Details from IMDB:

Game of Thrones: The Last Watch (2019)

TV-MA | | Documentary | TV Movie 26 May 2019
Chronicling the creation of Game of Thrones (2011)'s final season, its most ambitious and complicated one.


 Jeanie Finlay

Initial Thoughts:

Game of Thrones was truly a cultural phenomenon. I never thought I would get a chance to discuss a show with a medieval setting that had magic, dragons, lots of action and plenty of adult themes with people I worked with, friends, family, even random strangers. It let to lots of great conversations (and plenty of arguments) and will always have special fondness in my heart and mind. It truly became a part of popular culture and for 7 seasons was a wonderful show. Like lots of fans, I was a little disappointed with season 8 but that's not what this review is about. I was thrilled to see that I had a little more GOT to watch with this documentary on the making of the final season.

Main Points: 

This documentary does a great job of showing all the tremendous work that went into making season 8. For example, while I knew it took 55-night shoots to do the battle of the Winterfell, I didn't see the people involved with it, see the extent of their sacrifices and their exhaustion. 

I got to see how the person who played the Night King was the fight choreographer, had never acted before and then embraced his role (and the fans). The table read where we first learn what happens to the Night King (and Daenerys) and see the actors' reactions were a lot of fun to watch. 

There is one particular extra who was with the show right from the beginning and stayed until the final episode. His joy from playing a small role is very evident, watch right until the end to see what he does with his life after the show.

Final Thoughts:

This was a really good documentary, it was also rather unusual as there are almost no interviews with anyone who starred in the show. It really does show all the people behind the scenes and the huge amount of work, time and effort they put into this show so many people loved. I give it 7.5 out of 10 and would highly recommend it to any fan of Game of Thrones. It does have spoilers, so be certain you're watched all of GOT first. There is also some harsh language and scenes of fake blood and violence, so not for children, ages 14+.