How do you know people are really, really, really into your TV show? When an entire season is pirated over a billion times and you still get amazing ratings. That’s the world that HBO’s Game of Thrones lives in. It speaks to the sheer number of people who are desperate to get every last morsel of their favorite fantasy show as it winds down for good. With only one more season to go before the Song of Fire and Ice is complete, interest in the details and discoveries that await fans in season eight is as high as The Wall.
So how does HBO plan to combat spies and lurkers who will try to divulge spoilers during filming, especially the epic finale? They’re just going to film multiple versions to throw everyone off.
HBO president of original programming Casey Bloys was speaking at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA last week when asked how the network will address leaks.
I know in Game of Thrones, the ending, they’re going to shoot multiple versions so that nobody really know what happens. 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.”
There are so many wild theories and expectations out there about Game of Thrones that it will always be impossible to please everyone. Regardless, that’s par for the course for any series finale of a popular show.
“Finales are tough. If you think about, Six Feet Under, well that was a pretty good finale. But if you think about Seinfeld, if you think about The Sopranos, if you think about Breaking Bad, everybody has an opinion about how a show should end.”
Obviously, the people behind Game of Thrones have a clear idea of how the story should end, even if it differs from what George R.R. Martin will (eventually) do. Don’t expect them to alter their plans for fan service. And if you happen to come across someone saying that they watched them film a scene where Jon Snow and Cersei get married, just know that they might have filmed that just so you wouldn’t know what they’re actually doing. Cause there’s no way the show ends like that, right?