“Game of Thrones” will get some alternate endings in an effort to prevent hacking and spoilers for the series’ final season. HBO programming president Casey Bloys revealed the plan at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania recently, according to Morning Call. He said of the series:
I know ‘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.
The strategy is a familiar one to “Game of Thrones,” which has done similar fakeouts in the past. According to Vulture, Kit Harington, who plays the famous bastard Jon Snow, shot a fake scene with a small dragon’s head in an effort to mislead fans who got wind of the footage. According to IndieWire, a similar strategy was used on AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” where multiple murders were shot to conceal who Negan, played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan, really killed off. Even 1980’s hit “Dallas” used similar misdirection.
Along with shooting some alternate endings, HBO will hopefully tighten up its web security after Season 7’s multiple leaks of scripts and entire episodes found their way online before they were set to air.
“Game of Thrones” begins principal photography next month, with production reportedly extending as far as August 2018. According to Bloys, there’s no set timeline yet for the shoot and special effects schedule. We’ll probably have to wait until 2019 (ugh) for the conclusion of the battle for the Iron Throne. Here’s hoping the Night King doesn’t take over first.