Winter is coming … to an end.
The side effects of "Game of Thrones" are appearing like weights rising from the dead, but the OG show is closing the doors of its throne room after six episodes of season 8 next year. And that means that the actors, directors and showrunners are moving to different projects.
For director David Nutter, who directed half of the last six episodes of the series, including the first game of the season, life outside "GoT" begins with "Rising", part of the Love Has No Labels initiative, winner of the Emmy, and the first one of the Ad Council. Official short film, which has qualified for the consideration of the Oscar. The film, scripted by Emmy-winning writer Lena Waithe, raises the question: "Why is it necessary for a disaster to unite?
Nutter, who is about 50 years old, told us about the film, and also returned to direct "Game of Thrones" and why security on the set was like the "Gestapo".
After missing season 6 and 7, what was it like to return for the final season of "Game Of Thrones"?
After 2015, after the fifth season, I had a couple of surgeries and I missed stations 6 and 7. And I broke my heart when doing it. You go through physiotherapy and all the things that you undergo back surgery. There are times when I would be in unbearable physical therapy sessions, and I would be wondering if I would ever have the opportunity to direct again, let alone direct the "Game of Thrones." Fortunately, I came back. I was all repaired. They welcomed me with open arms, and not only did they welcome me with open arms, but they also welcomed me to get involved and direct three of the six episodes. [of Season 8].
A lot of things have happened since you left. Now it is revealed that Jon and Dany are related. Directing the opening for season 8 and half of the episodes in general, how does it feel to have to assume that relationship?
I feel very honored to be involved in the material because it is wonderfully written. It is so wonderfully done. It is tremendously executed. Just being part of that world is a dream come true … [Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss] It is wonderful to work with them. They are such good collaborators as teachers and mentors. In many ways for me, it's just having the opportunity to participate in what they are doing.
We've heard a lot about fake scenes this year. As a director, do you know when you're filming a fake scene?
Oh yeah. Oh yes of course.
It's all in an effort to keep things a secret. So, how was security this season for you? Liam Cunningham told me that he could not even access his scripts on secure iPads.
Well, sometimes there were paparazzi in amazing places, in construction cranes and all kinds of crazy places, to try to get a point of view of things. They were everywhere, everywhere, trying to get into what was happening. But it was definitely a situation where there was no role on the set, [that] kind of thing [The production team] I wanted to make sure no one knew what was happening, and they went to the northDegree, as they do in the show in general. Basically, they take it to the point where it's like the Gestapo. It is difficult to get answers.
Obviously, everyone has theories about how it ends. Knowing how it ends, what would you say to those fans?
All I know is that David and Dan spent a lot of time telling the story in a proper way, and the audience will be completely satisfied. Not everyone will be satisfied, but I think the audience will be satisfied with the direction the series will take. It is at the height of the entire building that is coming, I promise.
Directing the opening for season 8, how did you prepare? Were you watching old episodes?
There is definitely something of that. For me, it was about being up to Jeremy Podeswa (a director of GOT). He has made some incredible season openers, especially Season 7. He is a great friend and a great director … I expected to be able to live up to his great work.
You've been part of the program since season 2. How is it to see where you are now?
It is interesting to have the opportunity to work with all the actors. Sophie, when she met the Dog and was in Westeros, has now become a formidable queen by right and respect. Arya, who has left this little girl who wanted to be noticed and considered very formidable in her own right. The growth of these family members has really been a lot of fun, and having the opportunity to work with new exciting actors and fun people has also been a real pleasure. Things like the Daznak Pit, and of course the Walk of Shame and the Red Wedding, were highlights of my career. It is something I will never forget.
You did an Ask Me Anything interview in the game of thrones Reddit for your new movie "Rising". How was that experience?
It was fun. It was interesting. I've never done that before. These are pretty direct questions and so on. I used to work on "The X-Files" in the first two seasons … we would really make chat rooms with the fans.
How did you end up directing it?
They had another director in mind to do the project, but something failed and he could not do it, so he had worked with the production company before and they contacted me. I said: "My God, I'd love to do it." Nothing would excite me more than doing something of value, and something that I hope has a message that people can relate to.
For someone who looks at it, no matter who they are, no matter what their affiliation or feelings are about anything, the hope would be that someone who sees it has a perspective on their next-door neighbor, on the people on the other side of the street, on itself. , because prejudice is done through blindness. I think this is a situation where I really wanted people to see it and have their own personal reaction, because for me, due to the duration of the project … something that is a bit longer than a commercial, we wanted to give to the audience the opportunity to become an emotional investment.
Why do disasters are needed to unite people?
It seems that we live in a society that has to do with confrontation, fear and misunderstanding … we do not listen enough. We think that the key to life is to continue growing, listening and learning.
He has a character here, a mechanic, who looks like a stereotyped supporter of Donald Trump. Where did that character come from? What was the thought behind it?
It's interesting, that character could be formed as anything you want it to be. This is a man who is working on his car, listening to music. This child comes out. He turns around, looks at the child, turns off his music … it really depends on who you are and where you come from, for your specific version. What is fascinating [is that] everyone who sees it will have their own opinion, so there was never an occasion or a situation in which I would like to stereotype anyone. We are not stereotypes of people … I wanted to make it as real as possible.
If the president ended up watching this movie, what would you want him to take from it?
To stop him, and that's all you'll get, and also to see him alone in a room so he does not really have to answer in front of everyone, because it's a very personal story. I think it is a situation in which we are all equal. We are all equal, we must all respect each other and I think we need to survive. I think it's a situation where if that could happen, if I could pause for a moment and have a tweet less … then we have done something positive.
This interview has been edited slightly for clarity.