According to an exclusive story from the Morning Call, ‘Game of Thrones’ plans on shooting multiple endings to Season 8 in order to prevent leaks of the finale’s biggest surprises. This way, not even the cast and crew will know definitely which version is really how the show will end, who will really survive, and who will finally end up on the Iron Throne when the series comes to a close. According to HBO’s president of programming Casey Bloys:
“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.”
Of course, when Entertainment Weekly asked the show runners themselves about how they planned to prevent the ending from being spoiled, Dan Weiss stated:
“We don’t even want to tell you because if we do then somebody will figure out how to circumvent the things that we’re doing.”
One of the problems with this story, though, is the show is pretty expensive, and unless everything major happens in one scene at the very end, they might have to shoot multiple versions of a few different scenes in the finale to really prevent spoilers from being leaked. And if they were going to try to go that direction, they might have to spend a lot of money shooting expensive scenes that will never be used (but could make for some amazing bonus features for the Season 8 Blu-Ray though). And at the end of the day, someone will still know the ending, they cannot keep it secret forever, and in today’s age of hacking and slip-ups by digital partners, it is almost an inevitability that information about the ending is going to get out, no matter how many precautionary measures HBO and the show runners take to prevent it. However, if this is the way they are going to try, I applaud them, as it is old-school, and kind of fun, and does leave the actors playing the same guessing game as everyone else, allowing them to enjoy the finale of the series on the same level of everyone else, in that they will learn the fate of their characters at the same time as the audience.
What do you think about this plan to prevent the leak of the ending of ‘Game of Thrones?’ Does it have a chance? Share your thoughts on the matter in the comments below!