Game of Thrones has helped define the 2010s. The world has become obsessed with this show that's become a worldwide phenomenon, which is not surprising considering they have intriuging storylines, talented producers, and an incredible cast. People all over have been heartbroken after the show ended this past week, but thankfully, there's more to come – in the form of a new documentary. It gets even better: there's even a Canadian connection to the show. Calgary could be featured in the Game of Thrones documentary that is premiering this weekend.
In this upcoming two hour documentary to be released on HBO, millions of viewers will get the first and last full in-depth look into what it has taken to film some of the most memorable moments on television. One Canadian city, Calgary, AB, might just get an honorable mention.
A huge production like Game of Thrones wouldn't be possible without the loyal camera crew, set and costume designers, stuntmen and women or extras that brought it all to life – and we're proud to say that Canadians also played a role in that.
Over the show's eight seasons, we've seen giants, three-eyed ravens, and dragons. Although we've enjoyed seeing all these out of this world creatures, the bonds between the Stark children and their dire wolves were the most familiar. We've rooted for them in battle, cried for them when they were let go, and waited for their on-screen return when they were missing in action.
Instinct: Animals for Film, trains and provides animals for big-budget movies and television shows like Game of Thrones, is actually located just north of Calgary.
All wolves for the show were trained humanely by using positive reinforcement techniques. "Our training is rewarding and fun protecting and enhancing our animals’ overall well-being" states their website.
Instinct has also been credited on movies like The Revenant, with Leonardo DiCaprio, Jon Wick, starring Keanu Reeves, IRobot, Elf, and Final Destination among others.
Back in 2017, Maisie Williams, known for her role as Arya Stark on the show, was spotted in and around the Calgary area to shoot parts of Season 7, according to Calgary Herald. She filmed scenes on a local soundstage with help from Instinct. However, Alberta's contribution to the show doesn't stop there.
Calgary has also been recently mentioned as a filming location in the credits of the final season. Episode three (arguably the best episode of the series) featured the work of an entire Calgary unit. From the looks of the trailer, the "Battle of Winterfell" episode will be heavily covered in the documentary, so we might just see a glimpse of the Canadian prairies!
The documentary "is an up-close and personal report from the trenches of production, following the crew and the cast as they contend with extreme weather, punishing deadlines and an ever-excited fandom hungry for spoilers" says HBO in a recent blog post.
So just because the show has ended, it doesn't mean your Sunday routine or obsession has to. Game of Thrones: The Last Watch, will air this Sunday, May 26th on HBO at 9:00 PM.