The Game of Thrones Season 8 home video release is packed of extra features and added stuff for fans to gorge on after the show’s ending. With the show now ended, this is a few of the last fresh content we will get from Westeros — at least until the prequel show premieres. Fortunately, there are loads to see on the DVD and Blu-ray copies.
Game of Thrones wrapped up a decade as the acknowledged ruler of TV this year, and the responses were mixed at best. Still, there is no denying that the series has a lasting legacy, and even a finale this controversial cannot transform that.
Actually, the finale may be the incredible thing that improves DVD and Blu-ray sales, as fans desire to perceive more considering how meager the final season was. Amid deleted scenes, extended scenes, commentaries and featurettes, there is plenty on these home release box sets to load in the gaps that numerous feel were left in the series as it aired.
Obviously, these features do not transform the finale canonically, but there are numerous hours of fresh content to develop the story a bit. For numerous fans, the genuine fleshed out ending is coming in the books, and there is several serious theorizing going on out there at present when it comes to The Winds of Winter, which is anticipated shortly.
Meanwhile, the Game of Thrones Season 8 was released on both Blu-ray and DVD, with about 15 hours of extra content to get pleasure from. This content is also obtainable in the entire series box set, which was also released recently.
It comprises all eight seasons, all of the formerly released bonus content, and several collectible art and wrapping that would be worthy of exhibiting in the throne room of the Red Keep itself.
Here is what we learned from the Game of Thrones Season 8 home release extra features.
1. Sansa and Tyrion’s Battle Scene
There are 5 deleted scenes on the Game of Thrones DVD/Blu-ray set, and the most thrilling one is perhaps the extended cut of the encounter in the crypts below Winterfell. On the series, we never saw quite how Sansa, Tyrion, Missandei, Gilly and the others fared against the reanimated corpses of the Stark monarchs when they rose from their graves.
Luckily, we can perceive it here. The extended cut demonstrates Tyrion and Sansa finding dragon glass daggers and preparing to battle if they require to, whereas Missandei knotted to Gilly’s side, hoping to assist her to defend baby Sam. In one heart-pounding moment, wights close in on the crying baby before Sansa and Tyrion charge up behind them, putting them down with the dragon glass blades.
2. Lonely Daenerys
Another deleted scene worth watching features several related additions to the feast after the Battle of Winterfell is over. In it, Daenerys excuses Grey Worm from the table when she sees he is not having a good time, saying that he deserves some rest. The scene then shows us the revelry from Dany’s viewpoint, enlightening how secluded she feels from the other victors of the battle.
A short while later, Missandei asks if she can be excused too, saying she does not feel well. Daenerys teases her mentor a little, making it obvious that she knows Missandei actually intends to go be with Grey Worm. After she lets her go, she ponders on how dearly loved Jon Snow is compared to her.
The scene adds a little of much-needed deepness and clash to Daenerys’ feelings at this point in the series. We see how abandoned she feels already, and even the people she is closest to, Missandei and Grey Worm, are wandering away from her as they fall deeper into their own romance.
This establishes Dany’s feelings at least a little more noticeably for Missandei’s death in a while, and her subsequent attack on the people of King’s Landing. Still, for several fans it is a drop in the bucket of the work they feel desired to be done to write Daenerys into that breaking point.
3. Jaime and Brienne’s Goodbye
The DVD/Blu-ray set includes ten diverse commentary tracks for Game of Thrones Season 8, and these have some amazing exposures buried within them. In one, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss converse about the scene where Jamie Lannister leaves Brienne behind in Winterfell. They disclosed that the scene was almost even more unkind and upsetting than it ended up being in the final cut — and that is saying something.
In filming, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau actually delivered the unscripted line: “I don’t love you. No one loves you,” in his endeavors to quake Brienne off and get away. After yearning for a romance between these characters for years, this is one edition of the story fans may be happy they did not have to see.
4. Daenerys’ Fate
That commentary track also discloses some appealing details on Daenerys’ destiny after the series ending, at least for several fans. Benioff, Weiss and the actors talked about the climactic prospect in the ruined throne room, beginning with Jon Snow’s thoughts as he moved toward Daenerys there after the battle.
“He doesn’t know he’s going to betray her until right at the end,” Kit Harrington said of his character, Jon Snow. “In Jon’s head, it’s a number of [reasons]. [Dany] doesn’t factor in anyone else’s decisions and it also means [Dany] is going to kill my sisters, so it becomes [my] family versus her.”
Emilia Clarke then raised the question she told several fans had asked her after the ending — whether Drogon ate her character, Daenerys. Many thought that Daenerys’ remains were eaten by her dragon after he flew off with her body in his claws. The showrunners revealed that, as far as they are worried, that was not the case.
“Drogon’s not going to eat you,” Benioff said. “He’s not a cat. Did you see how gently he was nudging you?” Benioff also attempted to drop light on Drogon melting the Iron Throne, explaining that they were treating the dragon as a very smart creature, in spite of having left that out of the series in recent years. “If [Dany is] not going to sit on it, no one’s going to sit on it,” he said.
5. Other Deleted and Extended Scenes
Other deleted scenes on the home video release contain extended fights and short, visual moments that were clearly cut for time somewhere down the line. With no discussion to force them, these moments depend on visual proposition to boost the story.
One scene shows Jon and Daenerys examining the work on defences outside of Winterfell together. It demonstrates a young boy moving down the line, giving water to men digging a trench there. A northerner begins to take a sip, but when he sees Daenerys, he spits it at her feet on principle. It drives home the point that Daenerys will always be an outsider to this realm.
Another extended scene discloses the fortune of Alys Karstark and her men, who volunteered to guard Bran in the Godswood during the fight. The heart-pounding scene plays like a horror movie, with wights picking off the fighters in the dark forest. Alys Karstark gets some rescue for her family here, turning away when she apprehends the wights attacking them are children.
At last, the final deleted scene is basically an extended adaptation of the exciting discussion between Ser Davos and a scared northerner, Fergus. Any fans seeking a pep talk will get it here from their favourite five-fingered smuggler.
6. History Lesson
Lastly, the final huge noteworthy bonus feature on the Game of Thrones Season 8 DVD/Blu-ray box set is a series of animated featurettes about the history of Westeros and backdrop of the tale, described by the cast. There are six of these histories in total, four of which are narrated in character by Conleth Hill as Varys.
Varys walks fans through The Blackfyre Rebellions — the civil wars that inundated Westeros decades before the main series, Maegor The Cruel — the aggressive third king of the Targaryen empire, the Siege of Duskendale — an occurrence when Daenerys’ father, King Aerys II was kidnapped by his own subjects, and the history of King’s Landing itself. Another featurette is called simply The South, narrated by Kristofer Hivju as Tormund Giantsbane. In it, he offers a wildling’s viewpoint on the Seven Kingdoms south of The Wall.
Lastly, the final one is called the Greyjoy Rebellion, narrated together by Pilou Asbaek as Euron Greyjoy and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister. Fans of the books know a little about this short raid, but hearing about it from these particular characters’ viewpoint is new even for die-hard readers.The addition of these featurettes have fans particularly thrilled, as they take us towards the Westerosi history that will play into the forthcoming prequel series.
House of the Dragon will center around the Targaryen civil war well-known as the Dance of the Dragons, set about 180 years before the main series itself. Game of Thrones Season 8 is now available on DVD, Blu-ray, 4K and digital formats wherever home media is sold. The Complete Series Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray set is on sale as well.