George Lucas helped direct the 'Game of Thrones' season eight premiere
If I were to say "Use the force, Daenerys!," you'd probably think I was getting my fantasy television and sci-fi movies mixed up.
But the concept of a Game of Thrones/Star Wars meeting of the minds is more likely than you'd think. In fact, it actually already happened when George Lucas secretly showed up to help direct the first episode of season eight!
Footage from HBO's behind-the-scenes look at the premiere episode of the final season saw the Star Wars creator stopping by onset to assist with a scene starring Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke - and even having a cheeky jibe at the honourable King of the North, Jon Snow!
Watch George Lucas tell Kit Harington (AKA, Jon Snow) he doesn't care what happens to him:
According to show co-creator David Benioff, the 74-year-old requested to attend shooting - something that showrunners believed to be a joke at first.
"When we found out that George Lucas wanted to visit, we thought maybe it was a practical joke. And then we were really excited and also nervous because it's George Lucas," Benioff explained.
But there turned out to be nothing funny about the request - Lucas is seen in footage making his way around the wintery set and telling Clarke and Harington that they were "great" in their heart-to-heart scene after their characters arrived in Winterfell together for the first time.
He then turns to Harington and says: "No direction for you. I don’t really care about you, I don’t care about what happens to you."
I guess George Lucas isn't a big fan of Jon Snow then...
Watch Ned Umber's terrible fate on season eight, episode one - does it contain a clue as to who the Night King is? A lot of people think so!
Speaking about the pleasure of having a legend onset, Benioff admitted that Lucas was his inspiration as a child.
"The first time I can remember telling stories was me as a kid meshing together these little Stormtrooper dolls," he reminisced. "He’s the one who started our obsession with this kind of epic storytelling."
"I had George sitting in my director’s chair. It was really cool," director David Nutter added.
Even with the expertise of a man like George though, showrunners of the fantasy drama have admitted that they feel worried about the ending of the HBO show.
Benioff recently told Entertainment Weekly: "From the beginning, we've talked about how the show would end. A good story isn't a good story if you have a bad ending. Of course we worry."
He went on to reference the hotly debated Sopranos ending, saying: "I've gotten into a lot of arguments with people about why that was a great ending, but people felt legitimately cheated and that's their right to feel that way, just as it's my right to feel like they're idiots. It's also part of the fun of any show that people love arguing about it."
"I'm hoping we get the Breaking Bad [finale] argument where it's like, 'Is that an A or an A+?' I want that to be the argument. I just wish we found better directors for it."
So, can Game of Thrones creators give fans the ending they deserve? We shall see! May the force be with you, boys...