Director Alex Graves has been giving some great interviews this week in response to his work on The Lion and the Rose. We’ll be seeing more of his work on Sunday, as well as in the eighth, and tenth episode, which we’ve heard is going to be quite a finale.
In a new interview with Collider, Graves reveals even more about that final episode, saying “there’s a battle in the tenth episode that is so VFX heavy and so complex, even on a feature level, that won’t be done until June right before it airs.”
The interview is quite lengthy and worth the read, covering the more technical side of production, and his other projects. Here are a few Thrones related questions about how the show is different from others, how he put together the final wedding sequence, and why we’ll be missing his work on Season 5.
I’m so anticipating the rest of the season. Talk a little bit about how making Game of Thrones is different than the other shows you’ve been involved with. Whether it be in terms of getting revisions the night before of the script or just in general, like the pre-production schedule.
GRAVES: Yeah, it’s very different. For starters, it’s really like making a ten-hour movie, and I don’t mean that in terms of scale or coolness. It’s a ten-hour story that is very specific. Most TV shows are writing the next episode while you’re directing the one you’re doing, and they’re trying to figure out what they’re going to do and they’re putting it all together. On Game of Thrones they write all ten episodes in advance, and if you’ve done your homework, you’ve read all ten episodes, so you know where you are in the movie. The task is to make sure that you’re delivering on the subjects, the pre-story and the story to come, which are known, and on many other TV shows they’re not.