After aseason of rife with leaks, hacks, and spoilers, HBO is turning to trickery to maintain its secrecy.
The show’s producers are planning to film multiple Season 8 endings, according to HBO Programming President Casey Bloys. He explained the reasoning while speaking last week at Moravian College in his hometown of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, as the Morning Call reports.
“They’re going to shoot multiple versions so that nobody really know what happens,” Bloys said.
Secrecy often presents a challenge on long-running shows, as fans are extremely invested in plot lines and how they will unfold. As such, HBO’s multiple endings tactic is necessary.
“You have to do that on a long show. Because when you’re shooting something, people know,” Bloys said. “So [producers are] going to shoot multiple versions so that there’s no real definitive answer until the end.”
That strategy has been used successfully for HBO series in the past, including for “The Sopranos” and its iconic finale. However, for “Game of Thrones” and its huge audience, the tactic will be perhaps even more important. Not only is the show’s audience bigger, there have been recent high-profile hacks at the premium network.
As we’ve seen, the fandom’s thirst is insatiable, so keeping the finale under wraps will likely be difficult for HBO even with multiple endings. We’ll see how it goes when “Game of Thrones” Season 8 premieres in late 2018 or early 2019.