“It’s the best finale we’ve ever done, bar none,” Dave and Dan told EW “The performances from our cast, the direction from Alex Graves, the VFX work, the new [music] cues from Ramin Djawadi—all of it came together in perhaps the finest hour we’ve produced. We’re immensely proud of ‘The Children.’ And a little intimidated by the episode, because now we have to get back to the business of season five and figure out a way to top it.”
“The show has traditionally always made the ninth episode their big episode,” Director Alex Graves told TV Guide “This is the first season where the finale is a finale. It is an all-out, massive, episode. It’s the largest episode that’s every been made. A lot happens.”
This will be the longest episode of the season with a 66 minute running time. But have we run out of time? Graves said “fans are going to find out what happens to Tyrion. They’re going to see Jon Snow face-off with Mance Rayder once and for all. They’re going to see many of the characters arrive at huge turning points in their stories.”
Graves claims one scene has “the best writing I’ve ever seen” and for another, he admits, “I was terrified of that scene. That was one of my toughest, of all the things I did.” He describes another as one that Dan and Dave “have been waiting to make for something like a decade”
Kit Harington told Variety that this episode is one of his favourites. “It’s a big action-packed episode. There’s a lot happens in it that leaves people wanting more, and that’s what we want, people coming back to season five. It doesn’t wrap things up in the same way that the last few episodes of the last few seasons have. It leaves a lot open. I’m excited to see it. It’s one of my favorite episodes I’ve ever done.”
Sophie Turner told Just Jared “I can tell you that the end of the season, I mean, we have really great ends to every season. This season, there’s been peaks the whole way through, but the one at the end is spectacular. And it’s one of those, like the last three seasons you get chills at the end, but this one is actually really good because it takes the storyline to a whole new level of a particular storyline. And you’re like “WOW.” Then you can’t wait for the next season. ”
“It’s going to throw a lot of people, it’s going to be very exciting,” Kit Harington told CNN.
The return of…? Not long now.