George Lucas, the legendary filmmaker and creator of Star Wars and Indiana Jones, helped direct the season 8 premiere of HBO’s Game of Thrones.
As reported by Vanity Fair, Lucas’ involvement was revealed via a behind-the-scenes video by HBO that looked into the making of the first episode of the final season of Game of Thrones.
“When we found out George Lucas wanted to visit, we thought maybe it was a practical joke,” show co-creator David Benioff said. “We were really excited and also nervous because it’s George Lucas.”
The clip shows Lucas walking the set, talking with cast and crew and even standing alongside episode director David Nutter, who couldn’t believe it was happening and said “It was so cool for me.”
Lucas is also shown with Emilia Clarke and Kit Harrington following the filming of a scene taking place in Winterfell.
“That was great,” Lucas said as he put his arm on Harrington’s and then jokingly said to him, “No direction for you. I don’t really care about you. I don’t care what happens to you.”
While it was a short glimpse, it was cool to see the crossing of two of the world’s biggest franchises, even though it’s hardly the first crossover as Emilia Clarke and Gwendoline Christie have appeared in Star Wars films and showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will be creating new Star Wars movies.
This clip also gave us the hilariously painful moment of when Kit Harrington had a…rather uncomfortable incident while filming the premiere.
While we don’t know if this was Lucas’ only visit to the set, we do know the second episode of the eighth season of Game of Thrones airs this Sunday, and HBO recently revealed some photos from the upcoming episode.
As for how to watch this newest episode, be sure to check out our guide of how and where to stream Game of Thrones, as well as find out information about how you can join our Game of Thrones Season 8 watch party!
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Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN who loves this and hopes this isn’t the last time we see Lucas on the set of Game of Thrones. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst.
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