HBO is very concerned about spoilers — it's not a surprise, considering the amount of hacks and leaks the company faced during the recent season of Game of Thrones. In an effort to combat any spoilers leaking out into the wild, multiple versions of the programme's finale will be filmed. That way, nobody knows what's really happening. Not even the cast.
The president of programming at HBO, Casey Bloys, spoke to The Morning Call about the matter yesterday. "They're going to shoot multiple versions so that there's no real definitive answer until the end," He said. "You have to do that on a long show. Because when you're shooting something, people know."
It's not an uncommon thing — many TV programmes have gone down the road of filming multiple endings — even as far back as 1980. In infamous "Who Shot JR?" episode of Dallas was filmed with almost everyone in the cast firing the gun so nobody would know who the killer was until it aired.
It's not just the cast that executives don't trust, either. Game of Thrones' co-creator David Benioff spoke to Entertainment Weekly back in June explaining that leaks are almost impossible to fully prevent, and could come from anywhere. "The leak can be a relative or roommate to somebody with access to the scripts," he said.
Filming multiple endings will obviously mean extra time in front of the camera — and it already looks like we'll have to wait until 2019 to watch the final series. Shooting won't begin until October, and depending on how smoothly things go, may take until late summer 2018. Then there's special effects and editing to be done, which will take another several months. It's going to be a long wait — but at least we (shouldn't) have it spoilt for us in the meantime. [The Telegraph via The Morning Call]