Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and Jon Snow (Kit Harington) in the "Game of Thrones" series finale (Helen Sloan/HBO)

950 hours of "Game of Thrones" footage was shot for documentary, so no wonder director feared leaks

Filmmaker Jeanie Finlay was given "unfettered access" to the final season of the world's biggest show

Zack Sharf
June 4, 2019 2:52PM (UTC)

This article originally appeared on IndieWire.

HBO went the extra mile to protect the secrets of “Game of Thrones'” final season, but at least one person who is not a member of the cast and crew knew everything there was to know about the last six episodes: British director Jeanie Finlay. The documentary filmmaker was hired to make a top secret behind-the-scenes movie on the making of the final “Thrones” season, which aired on HBO a week after the final episode under the title “Game of Thrones: The Last Watch.” Finlay opened up about the film for the first time in an interview with Variety, admitting that having direct access to the biggest plot details in the final season freaked her out.

“I was given pretty much unfettered access. My main fear was that if there was a leak that it would come from me or my team,” Finlay said. “The documentary was also a secret. It was meant to be a surprise when it aired. So I didn’t tell anyone anything about what I was doing for two years. It was very overwhelming, trying to keep that secret. It’s very strange at first and then there’s all this relief. It meant that I could make the film without the pressure of fan expectations. I could really concentrate on doing the work. That’s a real luxury because the fanbase is both large and ardent.”

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