Game Of Thrones Star Explains How The Show Has Changed TV

"It's created a whole new sense of ambition in TV that wasn't really there before."


Game of Thrones returns for its eighth and final season in less than one week. The show's stars are making the press rounds, talking about the final season and what it means. John Bradley, who plays Samwell Tarly, told Collider that as the show ends, he sees that Game of Thrones has helped TV stand taller and rival cinema in some regards.

"A lot of the TV that comes after [Game of Thrones] is taking lessons from it and using it as a springboard in terms of what can be achieved through the medium of television and how, given the right set of people and the right circumstances, it can rival cinema," Bradley said. "And it's got a right to be ambitious. It's created a whole new sense of ambition in TV that wasn't really there before. There has never been anything on this visual scale before. And I think TV is no longer seen as a kind of poor cousin of cinema. I hope that TV going forward feels that we've empowered it to be as ambitious as we've been."

The final season of Game of Thrones was a massive effort, according to Gwendoline Christie, who plays Brienne of Tarth and is also featured in the Collider video.

"This season has really outdone all the others in all regards," she said. "The production values, and the way in which everyone was pushed is much further than anything they've ever done on the show before. The scale is so much bigger."

In regards to special effects specifically, VFX producer Steve Kullback recalled that Seasons 2 and 3 had about 600-800 VFX shots in each season. Season 8, meanwhile, has "multiples of that" in a single episode, so it is no small undertaking.

Game of Thrones Season 8 premieres on HBO April 14. Soon we'll know who lives and dies, and everything else there is to know. While the show is ending, a prequel series is on the way.

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