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Nightflyers pulls Game of Thrones level bloodiness in first few minutes of pilot

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Jul 19, 2018, 10:24 PM EDT (Updated)

One of the year’s most highly-anticipated new shows owes a lot of its buzz to its famous originator. Nightflyers, as cool as its concept sounds, is on the map because it comes from Game of Thrones’ own George R. R. Martin. Based on Martin's 1980 novella, this psychological space horror tweaks Alien like never before.

The SYFY series tracks a team of shipbound space travelers that have an unknown evil onboard. We'd had a few teasers for the upcoming season, but a panel at San Diego Comic-Con gave some solid intel on what fans can look forward to.

“We built an actual spaceship,” said executive producer Jeff Buhler, describing the scale of the sets. “A lot of what you’d usually use green screen for, we had a huge LED wall.” This ship is usually one that builds colonies, Buhler explained, so when they take on their alien-meeting mission, it's a total shift for the crew of scientists.

Martin himself cut a special video message for the panel, explaining his vision for the show before a clip blew our minds.

The panel itself featured executive producers Jeff Buhler, Gene Klein, and David Bartis, alongside stars Eoin Macken, Gretchen Mol (who we watched cut her own throat in a clip), David Ajala, Jodie Turner-Smith, and Angus Sampson (as a Jack Torrance-like axe murderer in the same short clip from the pilot shown to the audience). How we got to those parenthetical climaxes is the basis for the first season.

If it seems like we're treating those bloody reveals with very little pomp and/or circumstance, it's because the show does so as well — they're the first few minutes of the show, according to the EPs. Woah. Sorry Red Wedding, there's a new bloodbath in town. And it gets it all out of the way in the pilot, apparently.

Nightflyers brings its first season to SYFY this fall.

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