Nearing the end of the end, Game of Thrones season 8 saw a lot of our favourite character’s death. After Jorah Mormont’s painful death scene, we were left aghast on finding out about the fate of Missandei’s. GOT fans watched in horror as Missandei became the latest character to meet a grisly end as she was executed under the orders of Cersei Lannister in scenes taking place on top of the walls of King’s Landing ad she cried out 'Dracarys!'
A visual effects worker on the show has revealed that producers shot much of the action in a studio before editing actor Nathalie Emmanuel into the scene later on. Because for those who have not seen the scene, Missandei’s execution takes place atop the walls of King's Landing, meaning that filming was quite high and susceptible to photographers taking shots from the edges of the set and spoiling the plot for fans.
Luckily, the creators had to come up with the use of visual effects to conceal the secrecy of the plot.
"The set was incredibly visible from the surrounding area, and the big concern for this season more than ever was the secrecy of the plot," Stefan Fangmeier, on-set VFX supervisor, explained in a behind-the-scenes clip.
“We wouldn’t want to give away that Missandei is executed. Having her stand up there 40 feet high, there was no way to hide that.
“So later on we were adding her in there oftentimes as a digi-double, but for the close-up work we shot her separately on stage to composite her on that location, so we could put it together and it’s seamless.”
Despite going to lengths to stop spoilers leaking during filming, a minute-long preview of a scene from the penultimate episode leaked left fans fuming with anger over the hints left behind of how the series would end.