A few weeks ago, HBO programming president Casey Bloys revealed during an interview that the Game of Thrones producers plan on shooting multiple endings for the Game of Thrones finale}, so even the cast and crew won't know the true ending, cutting down on the risk of key spoilers leaking before the final season airs in either late 2018 or possibly 2019. We haven't heard much else about the possibility of multiple endings, but despite the news coming from a rather reliable source, an important executive at HBO, it seems Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime Lannister on the hit fantasy series, doesn't think that's true at all. Here's what the actor had to say in a recent interview, where he brings up some good points.
"Do you think that's true? It seems really stupid to me. I mean if it's true I don't believe it, but I don't know, maybe. I mean, I haven't read the script, so unless they will show several endings that could be a twist, they're not going to waste that money. They know how expensive it is to shoot. You're not going to waste $100,000 a day to shoot something you're not going to use. It's not going to happen."
The actor also revealed in August that Game of Thrones Season 8 starts production in October, so it's possible that he could be getting the scripts very soon. Still, the actor's point about spending $100,000 a day extra for scenes that will never make the final cut does seem a bit unnecessary, but, then again, that footage could always make its way onto the Blu-ray and DVD releases for fans to check out. It does seem like a rather excessive precaution to take, in order to prevent the ending from leaking out onto the Internet, but the show's production schedule is so long, with several months between the filming and airing of these episodes, it might be worth the effort to keep the ending under wraps.
This also comes just a few days after another report that claimed the Game of Thrones final season will be the most expensive ever, reportedly costing a whopping $15 million per episode. It's quite ironic that the final season will be the most costly, since it is also the shortest season, with just six episodes being produced. Still, there has been talk that all six episodes could be feature-length, perhaps somewhere around the 80-minute runtime of the Season 7 finale, which broke the record for the longest episode in series history. If that turns out to be the case, and the episdoes run between 80 and 90 minutes long, then that would roughly be the equivalent of a nine-hour season. Even if it is six episodes, it would come in longer than the seven-episode Season 7, and get closer to the regular 10-episode season.
HBO also recently confirmed the Game of Thrones Season 8 directors, with series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss slated to direct the series finale together, which has never happened on the show yet, although each of them have directed one episode apiece on their own. They will be joined by Miguel Sapochnik and David Nutter, who have both directed some of the show's best episodes. There have been rumors that Miguel Sapochnik could direct three episodes, with David Nutter directing two more and Benioff and Weiss directing the finale. Still, that hasn't been confirmed but hopefully we'll hear more about the final season soon. Until then, you can check out Nikolaj Coster-Waldau's full interview at Marie Claire.