Although he’s gotten into a rhythm after six years, “Game of Thrones” supervising sound editor Tim Kimmel still finds new challenges because “every season they tend to up their game. Episodes get bigger, battles get bigger, they start to get a little longer generally.” Kimmel, who joined the series in its third season, just earned his fifth Emmy nomination for the HBO fantasy epic. It’s one of 22 bids the show received overall for its seventh season. Watch our exclusive video interview with Kimmel above.
Kimmel and his team are nominated for “The Spoils of War,” in which Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) ambushes the Lannister army with the help of her fire-breathing dragons. Deciding which installment to submit for Emmy consideration was a toss-up between this one and the year’s other big battle episode, “Beyond the Wall.” The team ultimately settled on “Spoils” because it “showcases a little bit more, from sound design to sound effects, to loop group and dialogue and ADR. It just seemed to run the gamut and showcase everybody involved in the crew.”
Now millions of fans are waiting to find out how it all ends in the show’s upcoming eighth and final season, and Kimmel is one of them because he has yet to begin work on any of the concluding episodes. He expects to feel “mixed emotions because it’s an amazing show to be a part of,” even though it’s “an exhausting show” as well. “It will be sad when it’s done.”
Kimmel won an Emmy for “Game of Thrones” in 2015, and he was also nominated in 2013, 2014, and 2016. Before he signed on to the HBO fantasy series he earned bids for “CSI: Miami” in 2007 and 2012. And he has worked on a wide variety of other shows including “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” “Bloodline,” “Gilmore Girls,” and “Entourage.”
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