Season eight of Game of Thrones is set to launch on April 14 and fans are no doubt excited, as well as a little bit sad, to watch the final instalment.
As they will know, the scripts for the HBO show have been closely guarded just as they have in previous seasons.
But who gets to learn all the twists and turns before the actors who play the characters do?
Michelle Blok from visualisation studio The Third Floor worked as the Previs Supervisor on seasons six and seven of the fantasy epic and has now opened up about her time spent on the show.
The two-time Emmy Award winner revealed why the actors aren’t the first ones to obtain the scripts on the show.
Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk at the VFX Festival in London, Michelle divulged: “It’s really funny because we get the scripts before the actors do so we know what’s going to happen.
“Then we’re told don’t say anything to them, they have’t read it yet because when they do their first read-through they want to be able to get those emotions instead of learn it for the first time and see what comes naturally.
“The scripts are always very secure, there’s no printed scripts.”
She continued: “Even when we’re working only the supervisors will get scripts, none of my colleagues who I supervise will sort of know what’s going on.
“They do eventually because they have to work on it. But we know a lot before things really get started because we have to start designing sequences – we have to know what we’re doing.”
For her efforts on Game of Thrones, Michelle won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Visual Effects in both 2016 and 2018.
Michelle’s other credits include Disney’s Beauty and the Beast remake where she acted as Previs Lead as well as taking on the same role for Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.
She also touched upon how the industry is not necessarily a difficult one to get into for aspiring VFX artists.
Michelle explained: “I don’t think it is [difficult] because we are desperate for people to get into previs – visualisation.
“Just trying to get artists, we’re so busy at the moment just trying to find people with the right skill sets to come in. It’s not just ‘oh I want to be an animator’, we need someone who can do it all.
“You’re gonna direct, you’re going to write the theme tune, you’re going to do everything and it’s going to be great. It’s finding the right people with the right skills.”
Reflecting on her time spent on the HBO series, Michelle recalled the joy of working in such a supportive environment.
She said: “I’ve never worked on a production where everyone was so supportive, everyone’s working toward that goal of how can we make this as good as we can make it without getting egos or personalities involved.
“I’ve never met a lovelier bunch of people in my entire life. It was really sad to have to say goodbye to them.”
Game of Thrones season 8 will return to HBO and Sky Atlantic on April 14. Seasons 1-7 are currently streaming on NOW TV.
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