HBO and Game of Thrones have been doing their best to curb piracy in recent years, stopping critics from seeing episodes early, but there have still been leaks, thanks to a recent HBO hack that lead to Game of Thrones Season 7 being pirated over 1 billion times. With Game of Thrones Season 8 coming in either 2018 or possibly early 2019, the network and producers are going to extra lengths to avoid the ending from leaking early, revealing that the current plan is to shoot multiple endings to the series finale. Here's what HBO programming president Casey Bloys had to say during a recent interview.
"I know in Game of Thrones, the ending, they're going to shoot multiple versions so that nobody really know 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."
Casey Bloys revealed these details while speaking to students at Bethlehem's Moravian College, with The Morning Call breaking the news. The HBO programming president also made headlines recently when he revealed that Game of Thrones Season 8 may not debut on HBO until 2019, while rumors also surfaced that each episode would be feature-length, like the 80-minute Season 7 finale, but that has yet to be confirmed.
The HBO executive also recently revealed that production on the Game of Thrones final season is expected to begin in October, which could potentially run through August 2018. Even though there is only slated to be six episodes in the final season, this lengthy production schedule could very well mean that the new season may not be ready until early 2019, perhaps even later. Despite the massive piracy swirling around the show this season, the Game of Thrones Season 7 finale still managed to still set a ratings record, with 12.1 million viewers tuning in on HBO, with 16.5 million viewers total, which includes streaming services like HBO GO and HBO NOW.
As for the series finale, the big question that remains is who will ultimately sit on the Iron Throne when this iconic fantasy series comes to a close. As of now, it's still Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey), who, in the season finale, seemingly pledged to help stop the Night King and the White Walker army from destroying all of Westeros. However, she made it clear to her brother Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) that she really doesn't plan on sending her forces north, which could spell trouble for all of Westeros, since the final shot of the season saw The Wall come crumbling down at Eastwatch, as the Night King and his army started flooding into Westeros for the first time. With production starting next month, hopefully we'll find out much more about Game of Thrones Season 8.