HBO has a leak problem. With some of the hottest shows on air, including Game of Thrones (available on TMN GO), which will be shooting its concluding season this year, the network has been a major target for hackers, leakers, gossip-prone locals and just about everyone who can get their hands on any details.
And in the fight against spoilers, anything goes, especially when protecting the conclusion, which fans have been awaiting for years. So, next season the show is pulling all the stops to keep things a mystery, and we mean all the stops. As in shooting a bunch of different endings.
We’re pretty sure things will be icy, but maybe not. Maybe Daenerys dies in a few versions, maybe she doesn’t in some others. Is there even a throne left to win? Who knows? Not even the cast, apparently.
“I know in Game of Thrones, the ending, they’re going to shoot multiple versions so that nobody really know what happens,” Casey Bloys, HBO original programming president, said at an appearance at Moravian College in Pennsylvania last week. “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.”
This strategy of filming decoy scenes has previously been employed on Dallas to keep its biggest secrets secret, as well as during past seasons of GoT.
Sounds expensive, sure, but the Game of Thrones peeps have reason to be cautious; they’ve been burned before. In season 6, Jon Snow’s death was spoiled by paparazzi photos showing him on the battlefield, and just this summer, multiple episodes of the penultimate season were leaked to torrent sites well in advance of their official airing.
Besides, they’ve got the cash. And a few mil in production costs is worth it to foil those cursed paparazzi.
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