Game of Thrones’ producers are reportedly filming “multiple” endings for the season 8 finale in a bid to combat leaks, confuse hackers and to ultimately prevent ‘actual’ spoilers reaching fans.
The somewhat-drastic measures are being taken to ensure “nobody really knows what happens” until the last-ever episode airs, a representative for HBO has said.
In a talk at Bethlehem Moravian College in Pennsylvania, HBO’s President of Programming Casey Bloys said not even the stars of the show will know how it ends.
“I know in Game of Thrones, the ending, they’re going to shoot multiple versions so that nobody really knows what happens,” he told students at the US institution.
“You have to do that on a long show. Because when you’re shooting something, people know.”
“So they’re going to shoot multiple versions so that there’s no real definitive answer until the end.”
Game of Thrones analysts, however, say the news “should be taken with a grain of salt” – as it would be “prohibitively expensive” to keep the cameras rolling and the cast and crew on location.
The seventh season of the George RR Martin adaptation was struck by several leaks – in which hackers shared scripts, sensitive document, and even the actors’ phone numbers.
HBO Spain accidentally screened an episode earlier than scheduled and four people were arrested in India after a pirated copy of the “Spoils of War” was uploaded to a media streaming service in Mumbai.
Episodes from Season 7 have been illegally downloaded “more than a billion times” according to piracy firm Muso.
No one knows when the final series of Game of Thrones will air although the Hollywood Reporter says production on the last six feature-length episodes will start in October.
“Our production people are trying to figure out a timeline for the shoot and how much time the special effects take,” says Bloys.
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