Game of Thrones Really, Really Doesn't Want Season 8 to Be Spoiled

After seven seasons of spoilers, leaks and hacks, it appears HBO has finally given up the ghost on keeping the plot of Game of Thrones under lock and key. Instead, the network has come up with a plan so tricky you have to wonder whether Varys (Conleth Hill) cooked it up himself.

According to The Morning Call, the show will film multiple alternate endings for the series in an effort to combat leaks -- or at least that's what it claims it will do.

"I know in Game of Thrones, the ending, they're going to shoot multiple versions so that nobody really know what happens," HBO's programming chief Casey Bloys said. "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."

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The thinking there seems to be that no matter what the show does, spoilers are going to get out. So why not script, rehearse and film a ton of different endings so that even if they all leak, the audience will still head into the series finale with only an extremely educated guess about how the final fight for Westeros will go down?

The Walking Dead pulled the same move last year -- with some serious success -- when it filmed the Season 7 premiere. In order to avoid spoilers about who Negan (Jeffery Dean Morgan) had beaten to death with his beloved baseball bat in the Season 6 finale, the show filmed several of its character receiving the death blow to cast doubt on who the real victim was. In fact, an alternate scene where Maggie (Lauren Cohan) was Negan's kill actually ended up leaking online before the premiere, leading many fans down a slippery spoiler slope.

However, that was a much easier and inexpensive trick to pull off. Asfan site Watchers on the Wall points out, even Game of Thrones -- unless it finds itself in a similar plot as The Walking Dead -- doesn't have the budget to pull off convincing fake finale scenes, does it?

But you know HBO will do something to throw spoiler hunters off scent. A word to the wise during Game of Thrones Season 8 -- even if you see the ending with your own two eyes, you might still be wrong.

This article originally appears on TV Guide.com.

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Sep 14, 2017
How is this going to matter. Whatever the ending is has to be congruent with how Martin finishes the books. Anyone looking to spoil it jut has to figure that out which shouldn't be difficult because many people online have had a good enough grasp of the way Martin thinks to predict many plots in the story.
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Sep 15, 2017
There's plenty of fan theories out there and a lot of people ready to believe them. I think it's possible that they play with that. There's also more than one way to achieve the ending that the author had in mind. I think maybe they will shoot some fan service alternative scenes to be included later in the dvds and such. Doubtful that they will have the budget to shoot 2 extra hours with cgi and all...
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Sep 15, 2017
Yeah, I'm going with the lack of budget too. If they did shoot something it would have to be at minimal cost and a really short, simple scene like different actors sitting on the Iron throne or something.
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Sep 14, 2017
I'm sure they are taking new measures to avoid leaks, although this seems a bit complicated to pull off. Crossing figers for the full season scripts not to be leaked again. I did manage to avoid them for the most part, but in a year's time you get to see toooo many pictures of ice dragons and finally some youtuber or blogger forgets the spoiler tags.
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Sep 14, 2017
I think they are tightening up as best they can but the people who leak stuff from the set aren't going to stop now. It's obviously lucrative for them.
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Sep 14, 2017
I know. One can only hope.
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Sep 14, 2017
That ship has sailed if the plots currently in circulation are to be believed. :P
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Sep 15, 2017
No, they aren't. They've been around for a while now, even before the real ones could even exist. I don't even think they have started shooting yet. But i think soon we will have a serious overload of fake leaked scripts, most leaked by hbo themselves. Then everything will be just theories again. That's way cheaper than shooting alternative endings...
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Sep 14, 2017
If they do this (I'm doubtful), that will combat the production leaks, but I successfully avoid those. Unless they are actually going to create an episode with the fake endings, that is not going to help stop leaked episodes. Especially as one of them was from their own company!
I suspect that this is just fake news to throw any doubt on whether production leaks are real or not.
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Sep 14, 2017
I don't mind leaked episodes, as they are the finished article, we just get to see them a bit earlier. :)


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Sep 14, 2017
The problem with this is they have to make sure the real ending is the best ending. If an alternative ending is better than the real ending then fans will be mad and say the writers choose the wrong ending.
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Sep 14, 2017
I don't know about that. I mean, if HBO does indeed do alternate endings, and they leak, then people are going to like whichever one they like regardless of which is the "best" (which is subjective based on who the audience is).

I'm more worried that if HBO does this, and they leak, the true ending will be easily discernible because of its bittersweet nature (as described by Martin... if D&D decide to use the ending he has planned for the books). Because if that's the case then the whole idea of alternate endings is a waste, and more time could've probably been spent on making the true ending, or other things in the final season, better.
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Sep 14, 2017
According to Sue the Fury from Watchers on the wall (comments section of the article), Casy Bloys talks out of his ass!
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Sep 14, 2017

Game of Thrones Really, Really Doesn't Want Season 8 to Be Spoiled


Of course, why should TVGuide care if they spoil it?
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