Emotions will be running high following the series finale of Game of Thrones this coming May, but HBO is offering a way to decompress a week later: a look back at the show as a whole. It was announced today that HBO will be airing feature-length Game of Thrones documentary on May 26th, one week after the series finale of the show. The doc, which is titled Game of Thrones: The Last Watch, was quietly commissioned by the pay cable network and was directed by Jeanie Finlay (Seahorse), with showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss serving as executive producers.
While the two-hour documentary will delve into how a production like Game of Thrones comes to fruition, it aims to offer something more substantial than a straightforward “making of” doc:
Made with unprecedented access, GAME OF THRONES: 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.
It’s nice to know this doc will be airing on HBO. The network reportedly shot a huge reunion special with all the current and former castmembers during production on Season 8 last year, but that reunion special will only be available to view by buying the complete series Blu-ray set.
As someone who’s watched this show from the beginning, and who loves insight into how stuff like this gets made, I’m eager to see what The Last Watch has to offer. At the very least, it’ll give Game of Thrones fans one last campfire to rally around as the biggest show in HBO history comes to an end.