Wondering how Game of Thrones will end? So were we! For a Boston University TV course, students wrote six full scripts for season 8, cast awesome New York and Boston actors, then live-streamed a staged reading worldwide in April 2018. HBO sent us the Iron Throne! Fans cheered, cried, and called us brutal for making heartbreaking, character-driven decisions about who lives and who dies. Our season 8 episodes have drawn more than 2.2 million views! Now you can binge-watch our vision for the final season, read the annotated scripts, and go behind the scenes with our inclusive writers, director, cast, and showrunner. Welcome to Game of Thrones: The Virtual Final Season. For updates, sign up at bit.ly/GoT_VFS.
Our production is the culmination of a Boston University Department of Film & Television course about HBO’s mega-hit TV series. A veteran TV writer/producer created the course and led nine talented BU TV writers through a writers room experience. In less than 12 weeks, they created their vision for a final Game of Thrones season. They broke and wrote six complete scripts for a six-episode season arc, then cast compelling actors for a staged reading.
The outstanding BUTV10 production team executed an impressive live two-day show. We invite you to watch all six episodes of the staged reading on our site; they’re available free of charge. Each episode runs about an hour.
You can also read all six spec scripts on our site. (All six annotated scripts are available now. The web versions look great on desktop computers. If you’d like to read the annotations on your phone or tablet, you may want to download the PDF versions and open them in the free Adobe Acrobat Reader app.) The writers went to great lengths to create satisfying, logical outcomes that complement the novels and the show. Each script is annotated to share insight and context from the show’s seven seasons and George R. R. Martin’s novels, short stories, and reference books.
That was fantastic. …Mind, I think (and definitely hope) it was much more brutal than D&D will be. Bravo! – LL
Director Marissa Dianas and her terrific crew tackled two days of live television in three-hour blocks with no do-overs. She coordinated four cameras and called the shots with 14 actors. Marissa didn’t just deliver – she crushed it. And we knew she would.
Marissa was the director for all of the Boston University men’s and women’s basketball broadcasts. So, Marissa mapped our Game of Thrones staged reading like an action-packed sporting event. She captured important moments among our actors. She put viewers in the middle of the action. She and her stellar BUTV10 production team helped bring our season to life.
Our event launched a brand-new Boston University arts space (formerly the Art Institute of Boston) at 700 Beacon Street near Fenway Park. We projected the live performances from the upstairs theater to the 100-seat gallery viewing area. The Iron Throne – thanks, HBO! – anchored our exhibition, which also featured:
- dramatic wall coverings featuring Winterfell, a weirwood tree, and the Night’s Watch oath, courtesy of the Loews Boston Hotel;
- intricate Game of Thrones 3-D pop-up cards, courtesy of Lovepop;
- a hand-sculpted Game of Thrones cake, courtesy of Oakleaf Cakes; and
- stunning limited-edition poster art, courtesy of Nikittysan.
Here’s a short behind-the-scenes look with several of our writers courtesy of Efrain Hernandez (@EfrainIsFrank):
Praise (no spoilers)
I’m sitting here, nose all stuffed up, wiping and hiding tears from the family…over FICTION!!! Congratulations! I applaud your work. Once my ears recuperate from having
ear budsin all day I’m going to listen again… good job you guys… can’t thank you enough. My hat’s off to you! ♡ – K Blalack
…I am in awe of your reasoning behind the writing… Your research was definitely thorough and as such this is all extremely plausible and quite moving. Bravo and great work… – Eldrik Stone
Is this really an American university that did this? The voice acting actually makes them sound British! – What did you do to Snoke
4amlistening, could not sleep, incredible talent! !!..Bravo – Dyane Dauphinee
I don’t know how close to the show you are, but this was an awesome reading. Thx! I loved it. – Roberta MacKinnon
OMG, I’m watching this and doing spreadsheets at work. Even though this is a virtual season and this is their vision of what will happen in season 8, I still gasped in shock and internally screamed, ‘NOOOOO!’, in certain places. It was brutal but not all our favorite characters are going to survive. They’re going to make stupid decisions and let their guards down and get themselves killed. – Linda Guerrero
this is making me cry at work! brilliant! – Anita Reinhard
That was insane! I was honestly left breathless hearing it. These episodes just keep getting better and better – Lord Kev of House Fookin
I love this emotional rollercoaster it’s just preparing me for the real HBO finale – Chris Germain
Omg I’m living for this! More please!🙏🏻 – Elizabitty213