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‘Game Of Thrones’ Filming Multiple Season 8 Endings To Prevent Spoilers

Multiple endings will be filmed for the final episode of Game of Thrones to stop the storyline leaking.

In the “Game of Thrones” Season 7 finale, Jon Snow says, “When enough people make false promises, words stop meaning anything.” HBO is apparently taking that logic and hoping it applies to fake spoilers. The producers will shoot several different endings of the final episode, Casey Bloys, HBO’s programming president, said at a recent event.

“I know in ‘Game of Thrones,’ the ending, they’re going to shoot multiple versions so that nobody really know what happens,” 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.”

Bloys also acknowledged how difficult it can be to deliver an audience-pleasing ending.

“Finales are tough,” he said.

“If you think about, 'Six Feet Under,' well that was a pretty good finale,” Bloys said. “But if you think about 'Seinfeld,' if you think about 'The Sopranos,' if you think about 'Breaking Bad.' Everybody has an opinion about how a show should end.”

The seventh season of Game of Thrones was hit by several high-profile leaks: hackers released scripts, HBO documents and unbroadcast episodes from other TV shows. Four people were arrested in India after a pirated episode was uploaded from an online streaming service in Mumbai. Another instalment was mistakenly released early in Europe, copied and shared online. The seventh season of Game of Thrones was illegally downloaded “more than a billion times” according to data seen by piracy tracking firm Muso.

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. More recently, “The Walking Dead” filmed death scenes for all 11 possible victims of Negan’s bat after leaving viewers hanging at the end of Season 6.

A premiere date for “Game of Thrones” Season 8 has not been set.

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