Game of Thrones Season 8 Bonus Documentary Episode: Release Date, Trailer, and News

Following the Game of Thrones Season 8 finale, HBO will air The Last Watch, a behind-the-scenes look at the series' final episodes.

If you’re still feeling up to celebrating Game of Thrones following its ending next week, then HBO has more content for you. No, I’m not talking about the planned spinoffs; I’m talking about the bonus Game of Thrones documentary episode—titled Game of Thrones: The Last Watch—that will take fans behind-the-scenes of Season 8, as the cast, crew, and creative team says goodbye to the show that some of them have been working on since before the filming of the first pilot in 2009.

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HBO brought on filmmaker Jeanie Finlay to film the doc. Finlay was given unrestricted access behind the scenes of Game of Thrones as the cast and crew filmed the final episodes in Belfast. Given how opaque and secretive the production of this show has increasingly been, this is a chance to learn more about the series’ construction after-the-fact. Given that it is being made by HBO, I doubt this will be a hard-hitting doc, but rather something fun for fans and TV nerds to enjoy.

Game of Thrones Documentary Trailer

We have our first proper look at Game of Thrones: The Last Watchand, personally, I am getting intense Fellowship of the Rings Extended Edition BTS featurette vibes. Which is another way of saying: yes, I will be watching. Check out the trailer…

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And here’s the official synopsis from HBO:

“Made with unprecedented access, 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.”

Game of Thrones Release Date

Game of Thrones: The Last Watch is two hours long (and you thought the Season 8 episodes were long!) and will air one week after the Season 8 finale on Sunday, May 26 at 9pm ET. 

Kayti Burt is a staff editor covering books, TV, movies, and fan culture at Den of Geek. Read more of her work here or follow her on Twitter @kaytiburt.