“There’s a big psychological horror aspect to the show.”
Merlin‘s Eoin Macken leads the expedition as Karl D’Branin, who he described to Digital Spy as a “a troubled astrophysicist” struggling with “his own personal demons” while trying to lead.
Asked how Nightflyers compares to Game of Thrones, he explained: “It’s very different. the only similarities towards Game of Thrones, really, are in terms of the size and scope of the worlds that he builds; and because he creates these great characters; and he creates great plot in terms of setting off on a journey, and for where these characters can push and develop to.
“But it’s the size of the world he builds that is what he’s really great at.”
The differences were so stark that Macken didn’t even realise that Nightflyers was based on one of George RR Martin’s novellas when he first read the TV version.
“I hadn’t read the book at the time, but I’d heard of it,” he explained. “And then I read the book after I read the script. It’s quite different. The book is a basic template, but Jeff Buhler, the showrunner, created his own world around his version of the book.