Are you a hacker? Or a disgruntled HBO employee? Are you thinking about sticking it to HBO by leaking episodes of the mega-popular "Game of Thrones" in its eighth and final season? Well, the company is ready for you. Multiple endings.
HBO programming president Casey Bloys was speaking at Moravian College in Pennsylvania when he said, "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."
Due to the high-stakes nature of the show, and the high volume of character death involved in its narrative arc, fans of the series (a.k.a. almost everyone) have been extra wary of spoilers, whether online or in conversation.
Just had a 5 minute convo with my mum about Game of Thrones n she has managed to hit me with 3 spoilers wtf judas— Charlie (@charliemackayx) September 4, 2017
Even some non-fans avoid spoilers entirely:
Anyone else never seen a single episode of Game of Thrones but still refuse to read spoilers?— Logan Myles Stacer (@iLoganati) September 14, 2017
That became difficult in the show's penultimate seventh season after nearly all the major plot points were posted online. Amazingly, two full episodes of the show's seventh season were also released on the internet before their scheduled air dates. One episode was accidentally posted by HBO Spain. The other was stolen from HBO's distributor in India.
GOT isn't the first show to try and fake out potential leakers using this strategy. AMC's 'The Walking Dead' did something similar with a major character's death scene, filming several versions to keep both production staff (who might be tempted to take photos or author anonymous blog posts) and the public in suspense.