Game of Thrones returns for its eighth and last season in lower than one week. The present’s stars are making the press rounds, speaking in regards to the last season and what it means. John Bradley, who performs Samwell Tarly, instructed Collider that because the present ends, he sees that Game of Thrones has helped TV stand taller and rival cinema in some regards.
“A lot of the TV that comes after [Game of Thrones] is taking lessons from it and using it as a springboard in terms of what can be achieved through the medium of television and how, given the right set of people and the right circumstances, it can rival cinema,” Bradley stated. “And it’s got a right to be ambitious. It’s created a whole new sense of ambition in TV that wasn’t really there before. There has never been anything on this visual scale before. And I think TV is no longer seen as a kind of poor cousin of cinema. I hope that TV going forward feels that we’ve empowered it to be as ambitious as we’ve been.”
The last season of Game of Thrones was a large effort, in line with Gwendoline Christie, who performs Brienne of Tarth and can be featured within the Collider video.
“This season has really outdone all the others in all regards,” she stated. “The production values, and the way in which everyone was pushed is much further than anything they’ve ever done on the show before. The scale is so much bigger.”
In regards to particular results particularly, VFX producer Steve Kullback recalled that Seasons 2 and three had about 600-800 VFX pictures in every season. Season 8, in the meantime, has “multiples of that” in a single episode, so it’s no small enterprise.
Game of Thrones Season Eight premieres on HBO April 14. Soon we’ll know who lives and dies, and all the pieces else there’s to know. While the present is ending, a prequel series is on the way.