You are either a fan that loves spoilers…or hates them. Luckily for those that hate them, Game of Thrones came up with a way to ensure that the series finale won’t leak early. [There should be no spoilers in this article, but just in case, here is a formal warning.]
According to Variety, HBO’s president of programming Casey Bloys said there will be multiple endings to the show filmed in order to prevent the true ending from being leaked ahead of time.
“I know in ‘Game of Thrones,’ the ending, they’re going to shoot multiple versions so that nobody really know what happens,” Bloys said in a speech at Moravian College, according to local outlet The Morning Call. “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.”
This is both good news for people who hate spoilers, and bad news for the people that rejoiced in the HBO hacks, which led to multiple episodes of Thrones to be released before their premiere date. Many other shows, including AMC’s Breaking Bad and HBO’s The Sopranos, also used this strategy to keep the ending from leaking before it premiered.
Production of Game of Thrones season eight will begin this October, and may continue into late August 2018 — delaying the premiere date into 2019.
Hopefully these multiple ending shoots won’t push the date back even further than it is now!