HBO has lastly confirmed that the eighth and remaining season of its acclaimed fantasy drama Game of Thrones will premiere in April 2019. Now, director David Nutter, who’s directing the primary episode of the ultimate season and others, has shared some intriguing new particulars.
In a Reddit AMA, Nutter answered quite a few questions on Game of Thrones, however we must always say proper on the prime that he actually solely provided high-level particulars. HBO goes to nice lengths to make sure spoilers do not leak, and Nutter did his half to maintain issues largely below wraps.
Starting off, Nutter talked concerning the challenge–and opportunity–of directing the primary episode within the remaining season. He’s directed a variety of Game of Thrones episodes up to now, together with the one with the notorious Red Wedding scene, however that is his first time directing the primary episode of a brand new Game of Thrones season.
“I think it’s really important to make a splash,” he mentioned. “You have to reset the table, put everyone back in their place, you have to take them to their next position. But you have to entertain that’s what’s most important.”
Asked to explain Season 8 in three phrases, Nutter mentioned, “Spectacular, Inspiring, and Satisfying.” On the topic of satisfying, Nutter mentioned he thinks individuals will usually be pleased with the way in which the occasions wrap up as soon as all is claimed and achieved.
“I’m completely satisfied with how Season 8 ends. I think that [creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss] did a tremendous job, and they took into consideration what the fans want, as well as what is right as far as storytelling is concerned,” he mentioned. “I guarantee there’s going to be lots of surprises and shocking moments, but it’s really very compelling stuff.”
As talked about, Nutter directed the stunning Red Wedding episode from Season 3. Nutter mentioned within the AMA that he was blown away by how the group reacted to the episode, specifically how individuals filmed YouTube response movies. But will there be a Red Wedding-esque second in Season 8? “As far as season 8 compared to the Red Wedding I just have to tell you: hang onto your seat cause it’s going to be special,” he mentioned.
Also within the AMA, Nutter talked concerning the size of episodes in Season 8. It was beforehand rumoured that whereas there are solely six episodes, every could be so long as film. Nutter confirmed that every installment might be 60-plus minutes, in order that they’re longer than up to now, however most likely not movie-length. “Season 8 episodes will all I think be longer than 60 minutes. They’ll be dancing around the bigger numbers, I know that for sure,” he mentioned.
As you’d count on, Nutter mentioned he feels a way of duty to finish Game of Thrones in a approach that feels satisfying and proper for the franchise. Such a activity appears like a really tall order, however Nutter is no less than saying all the correct issues about how he needs to finish all of it.
“The biggest challenge directing the final season of Game of Thrones is just the importance of getting it right,” he defined. “There was not a second chance to get all of these sequences right, and a lot of sequences had many actors in them and some wonderfully intimate scenes as well. So really it was about taking these characters from point A to B to C to D to E in the various episodes that I did, and making sure that it all balances out properly. We had a lot of rehearsal time and that was really the thing that saved me more than anything else. I’m very happy with the chance to get in there and rehearse with the actors, and I think they were too, and I think it turned out quite well.”
Nutter additionally just about confirmed the idea that faux scenes have been shot in order that leaks which will finally emerge show incorrect. Asked if he himself knew if he was filming a faux scene, Nutter mentioned, “Well, you have to ask me that at the end of Season 8 because I can’t answer that question now.”
You can learn the total AMA here on Reddit. Nutter is considered one of 4 administrators for the eighth season; the others are Miguel Sapochnik, together with Benioff and Weiss.
While Game of Thrones is ending, HBO is producing a spinoff that begins manufacturing in 2019. Naomi Watts is ready to play one of many leads, whereas more casting details have additionally come to gentle.