The filming of the final season of Game of Thrones has wrapped up and in the past month, we shared a number of speculations, possible theories, and interviews with the cast and crew. Recently, the directors Alan Taylor and Jeremy Podeswa were both nominated for the 2018 Emmys. Today we bring you some tit-bits of the interview attended by both the directors, exclusively on the Hollywood Reporter.
Alan Taylor has directed several episodes of Game of Thrones including the penultimate episode of the first season, where Ned Stark was executed. In the seventh season he directed the sixth episode ‘Beyond the Wall’, which included a big shocking moment of the death Daenerys Targaryen’s dragon – Viserion, who later sided with the Night King and had to play the role of melting the Wall, allowing the White Walker army to enter the realms of men.
Talking on the jaw-dropping moment in the sixth episode of the seventh season, he said:
“I have a history of killing beloved characters on HBO shows: I killed Ned Stark, I killed Julius Caesar [on Rome], and I killed Wild Bill Hickok [on Deadwood]… As a director, it’s great when you have a moment like that because you know it’s going to have an impact. I knew that killing a dragon was going to be like killing a puppy… It’s an emotional moment when you kill a character that’s flesh and blood and human, but killing a creature that’s beloved the way dragons are? I knew it would have an impact.”
Jeremy Podeswa – the second director nominated for the 2018 Emmys – directed the last episode ‘The Dragon and the Wolf’ in the Seventh Season. Talking on the Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen’s pivotal boat scene and the big reveal of Jon’s heritage, he said:
“It’s an epic revelation about the past, and that’s suggestive of the future. For us, it was very important that there be a question about what could possibly happen after this moment. In the script, it described the fact that they were lovemaking, but it didn’t go into great detail in terms of what was going on between them in that moment. We built in a moment between Kit and Emilia where they stopped and looked into each other’s eyes. The intention from my point of view, and their point of view, too, is that they’re driven by passion into this. They don’t even fully understand what it’s all about and what the consequences of it are.”
Another important scene in the last episode of the seventh season was when the Wall was breached. It was an epic promising ending that Game of Thrones gave us and is the key propeller for the events in the final season. Talking on this, Jeremy said:
“When you’re reading the script, you’re thinking, “Oh my God. They’re really going there.” Then it was like, “Wow. This is an enormous, spectacular sequence. How are we going to pull it off?” There’s a big question of mine about how much is real, how much is not real, how much is visual effects. You’re so well-supported on a show like this with such great people that I knew I wouldn’t be doing it alone.”
So, which of these directors deserves the 2018 Emmys and why? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section.