Last year, HBO began spreading the word of a plan to film “multiple” endings for the Game of Thronesseason eight finale in a bid to combat leaks, confuse hackers and ultumately prevent spoilers.
These drastic measures were reportedly being taken to ensure “nobody really knows what happens”.
And now, Emilia Clarke seems to be adding fuel to the fire, insisting her co-stars are filming alternate endings and that she doesn’t even know which will be the “real” one.
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Clarke (who plays Daenerys in the show) said: “I think they’re filming a bunch of stuff and they’re not telling us.”
Not only might “they” (likely a reference to co-creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss) be shooting fake endings, but they aren’t clueing the cast into which ones are real or not,” she explains:
“I think that they don’t even trust us.”
We have learnt about this plan to thwart the spoiler-hungry fanbase before, from HBO President of Programming Casey Bloys.
In a talk at Bethlehem Moravian College in Pennsylvania, he said: “I know in Game of Thrones, the ending, they’re going to shoot multiple versions so that nobody really knows 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.”
Game of Thrones analysts, however, say the news “should be taken with a grain of salt” – as it would be “prohibitively expensive” to keep the cameras rolling and the cast and crew on location.
The seventh season of the George RR Martin adaptation was struck by several leaks, in which hackers shared scripts, sensitive documents, and even the actors’ phone numbers.
HBO Spain accidentally screened an episode earlier than scheduled and four people were arrested in India after a pirated copy of the “Spoils of War” was uploaded to a media streaming service in Mumbai.
Episodes from Season 7 have been illegally downloaded “more than a billion times” according to piracy firm Muso.
According to sources, the eighth season of Game of Thrones will wrap up filming in December 2018, and will return to our screens in April 2019.