Game of Thrones bosses are preparing to film multiple endings for the cult fantasy drama’s big series finale to prevent key plot details leaking online.
Casey Bloys, programming president at HBO, reveals the secrecy surrounding the series’ ending will be taken to a whole new level as season eight wraps, with producers even planning to keep cast members in the dark about which characters live or die.
“I know in Game of Thrones, the ending, they’re going to shoot multiple versions so that nobody really knows what happens,” Bloys shared during a recent talk at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, according to local newspaper The Morning Call.
“You have to do that on a long show, because when you’re shooting something, people know. So they (producers) are going to shoot multiple versions, so that there’s no real definitive answer until the end.”
HBO representatives have declined to comment on Bloys‘ remarks, but it won’t be the first time show creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss have opted to shoot additional fake scenes in a bid to keep fans and the media in the dark – Kit Harington, who portrays Jon Snow on the TV adaptation of the George R. R. Martin books, previously confessed they employed the same tactics for the recent season seven, which premiered in July (17).
“What I can say about this season is we had a lot of paparazzi following us around (while filming), especially when we were in Spain, but we did fake some scenes,” he explained on Jimmy Kimmel Live! talk show. “We put together people in situations where we knew the paparazzi was around so they’d take photos and they’d get on the Internet.”
HBO chiefs faced a string of spoiler leaks as the seventh season hit the small screen this summer (17), thanks to hackers who targeted the cable network’s servers and stole a ton of data, including scripts for Game of Thrones.
Two episodes of the latest season also surfaced online before they debuted on TV after one was uploaded by a third party distributor, and another was accidentally broadcast by representatives at HBO’s European arm ahead of schedule.
The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones is set to begin production later this year (17).