Two new Game of Thrones featurettes go behind the scenes for two of Arya’s biggest moments during season 7. With the penultimate season of Game of Thrones now in the rearview, fans have a long wait until the show airs its last batch of episodes sometime in 2018 or 2019. In the meantime, HBO has continued to promote the seven Game of Thrones episodes that aired this year, via behind-the-scenes videos that look at the making of the show and other assorted clips (see the an animated history of the Targaryens).
Dubbed ‘The Game Revealed’, the series is a way for HBO to keep the Game of Thrones conversation going strong in-between seasons. The latest episode tackles ‘The Spoils of War’ and HBO has release two new clips focusing on Arya’s return to Winterfell. The video up top highlights the battle between Brienne and Arya that finally brought two of Westeros’ greatest warriors together. Though it’s revealed stunt performers were used for safety purposes – and to allow Arya to pull off some incredible acrobatics – Maisie Williams and Gwendoline Christie still did quite a bit of their own stunts. There’s even an impressive shot of Williams masterfully flipping her dagger between hands during a sparring match with Christie.
Along with the fight breakdown, HBO also released a clip spotlighting Arya and Sansa Stark reuniting. Of course, it was also a chance for real-life friends Williams and Sophie Turner to work together again. You can check out said video, below:
Arya and Sansa are two of the characters who have changed the most since Game of Thrones began and putting them back together after all these years yielded some interesting results. While their fighting and scheming wasn’t always justified or made clear by the writers, their contrasting personalities and ideologies should certainly continue to bring the two into conflict when season 8 arrives.
As Game of Thrones heads towards its endgame, fans have continued to speculate about where everyone will end up. Fan theories and rumors continue to circulate, concerning what the Night King and his army are planning. However, while viewers theory-craft, HBO has been doubling-down on its efforts to prevent leaks.
This year saw multiple Game of Thrones scripts and episodes leak online prematurely, with illegal downloads and streams reportedly hitting the 1 billion mark. In an effort to protect the series finale, the word is that HBO is taking extra precautionary measures for season 8. Whatever happens, it won’t be much longer until the end of Game of Thrones is here.
Game of Thrones season 8 premieres in either late 2018 or early 2019.
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