After seeing the teaser of Games of Thrones Final Season, we all can now expect some intense drama coming our way, yet again. Raising the bar of our excitement, Maisie Williams has also confirmed that this year GOT will surprise the fans on a whole new level just the way shooting all the grueling battles got her mentally and physically broken too.
Fans have held their nerves for 8 years to know who will own the iron throne in the final battle between the living and the Night King’s army of the dead. Every episode was filled with so much suspense, drama and bloody action scenes that falling for the heroes of Seven Kingdoms became the only option and that is why anticipations regarding Season 8 is already huge.
As GOT will be releasing the greatest battle in the history of TV and films this Summer, one of the cast members, Maisie Williams – who plays tomboy turned assassin Arya Stark – has revealed the details about the amount of hard work that went behind the camera in creating this epic saga.
The final battle for Westeros is expected to be the longest consecutive battle sequence ever recorded, beating ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers’ stunning 40-minute Helm’s Deep siege. And with that, it will also be Arya’s first big battle in the history of GOT.
“I skip the battle every year, which is bizarre since Arya’s the one who’s been training the most,” Williams told EW. “This is my first taste of it. And I’ve been thrown in at the deep end.”
Prior to the shooting, Director Miguel Sapochnik had already warned her that filming the battle would be extremely tough and for a similar reason, she was also advised to start her training a year before filming.
But Maisie was still not very serious about it.
“And I said, ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah,'” Williams said. “But nothing can prepare you for how physically draining it is. It’s night after night, and again and again, and it just doesn’t stop. You can’t get sick, and you have to look out for yourself because there’s so much to do that nobody else can do…there are moments you’re just broken as a human and just want to cry.”
The battle scenes in Game of Thrones have always been able to put the audience at the edge of their seat and since the final Battle of Winterfell is where the story will conclude, therefore it will be bigger and unlike anything seen before. Speaking about it, the Co-executive producer Bryan Cogman told
“What we have asked the production team and crew to do this year truly has never been done in television or in a movie.
This final face-off between the army of the dead and the army of the living is completely unprecedented and relentless and a mixture of genres even within the battle.”
Apart from Maisie, other cast members like Lain Glen, AKA Ser Jorah, has also expressed his views by telling that the whole schedule was “really miserable”. Moreover, Rory McCann, who plays The Hound and is used to participating in the battle sequences, called it “the most unpleasant experience I’ve had on Thrones.”
As fans, we can now only wait and search for more updates from the cast till it releases in April. But going by the reports, we are indeed in for something really amazing.