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‘Game of Thrones’ production designer says the final season will be ‘raw and honest’: The ‘almost killed me’

“Game of Thrones” production designer Deborah Riley warned fans about what to expect during the final season.

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Deborah Riley is looking forward to the end of the “Game of Thrones.”

Riley has served as the hit HBO fantasy series’ production designer for four years, and says her last season “does not pull a punch.”

“The last season almost killed me,” she admitted to the Deadline. “I realized at one point that all the work in the previous seasons was only a warm-up for Season 8.”

She added, “By the end, I had nothing to give and ready to know I had done everything I could. Season 8, … it is raw and honest and important. I can’t wait to see it.”

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The eighth and final season, there will only be six episodes for fans to devour. Season 7 consisted of seven episodes.

This year, Riley presented the “Dragonstone” episode for the emmy’s, with the production designer calls the episode “a crucial moment” in the series.

“For the art department, it is the episode in which the entire tapestry of sets of Dragonstone island and the castle can be seen for the first time,” she explained.

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Talk about Emilia Clarke’s character, Daenerys Targaryen, Riley added, “There is no word in the last five minutes of the episode when she first lands on the island and makes her way to the castle, through the Public Room to the Card Room. The sets and the locations are so wonderful to see in that last five minutes that it was the clear choice of the delivery.”

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