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Game of Thrones Season 8 Next Episode & How To Avoid ”Battle Fatigue”

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It’s Saturday, which means Game of Thrones Season 8 next episode is going to be coming tomorrow evening (well for those in the US that is), and with that is a step closer to the massive Battle of Winterfell. When that battle begins you just know it’s going to be incredibly savage, a huge battle at the very minimum – hopefully even larger scale than the Battle of The Bastards in Season 6.

Before we get onto Game of Thrones Season 8 next episode, let’s rewind to Season 6′ Battle of The Bastards, which was directed by Miguel Sapochik (along with several other series defining episodes). Recently Sapochnik came under the spotlight in an Entertainment Weekly interview to dig into exactly how he was going to make the Battle of Winterfell trump the spectacles from previous seasons.

Game of Thrones Season 8 next episode – a word from the expert

For the Game of Thrones Season 8 next episode Sapochnik states “This is survival horror. That’s the whole episode for me,” and that “What we realized is you look at like Assault on Precinct 13 – movies where a group is under siege – usually there’s an ensemble cast and a central theme in there. So I’ve been trying to work out whose story this is. That’s different than the stuff I’ve done previously which was generally from Jon (Snow)’s perspective.”

“Here I’ve got 20-some cast members and everyone would like it to be their scene. That’s complicated because I find the best battle sequences are when you have a strong point of view, and here the point of view is objective even when you go from one person’s story to another. Because when you’re cutting back and forth, [the perspective] becomes objective whether you want it to or not. I keep thinking, ‘Whose story am I telling right now? And what restrictions does that place on me that become a good thing?”

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Avoid at all costs…

”I’ve put the most hours into was is how, in episode 3, how to not have an audience feel battle fatigue. After 20 minutes of watching a battle, you’re over it. So how do you stop it from being a battle in that sense?” Sapochnik says.

I guess this makes sense for the Game of Thrones Season 8 next episode , there’s nothing worse as a viewer watching a scene that has metal against metal for prolonged periods, only to leave your sofa with the audio and visuals still ringing through you.

Sapochnik took a well-known movie to see how they did it. “For my reference point I watched [The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers] because the siege is a 40-minute sequence, but it’s actually three different battles in three different places intercut. That was the biggest thing I could think of that was contemporary. I was trying to get a sense of when do you tire out. I think we’re going to blow past that. It feels like the only way to really approach it properly is take every sequence and ask yourself: ‘Why would I care to keep watching?’ One thing I found is the less action – the less fighting – you can have in a sequence, the better.”

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