There is no doubt that HBO were affected by the string of script leaks which happened last year, revealing a chunk of the story of Season 7 of arguably the BIGGEST show on earth, Game of Thrones. In a strange turn of events, HBO have tentatively decided that they will shoot multiple endings to the final season of the popular show, to be telecasted in 2019.
HBO’s president of programming Casey Bloys said that the several different endings for the show will be shot in order to prevent the true ending from being spoiled online. “I know in ‘Game of Thrones,’ the ending, they’re going to shoot multiple versions so that nobody really know what happens,” Bloys said during a speech at Moravian College, per 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 multiple endings strategy for keeping endings secret is not new and has been used by AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” HBO’s “The Sopranos,” and even as far back as “Dallas” in 1980. Not even the characters will know which of the episodes shot will be the true finale.
This will also help prevent any possible slip-ups by the cast members, while giving interviews or revealing any crucial part of the end to their peers.
There is also some doubt whether the final season will be aired after 2 years, or earlier! A premiere date for “Game of Thrones” Season 8 has not been set. Bloys told Entertainment Weekly it could air in either 2018 or 2019, depending upon executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
“Game of Thrones” is gaining audiences — the season seven finale on Aug. 27 was the show’s most-watched episode. Season seven averaged more than 30 million viewers through live and delayed viewing, Bloys said.
Source: Variety/The Morning Call