Game of Thrones is looking to an old-school tactic to preserve the mystery behind its highly anticipated eighth and final season.
According to a report quoting HBO programming president Casey Bloys — who was speaking at Bethlehem’s Moravian College last week — the executive revealed GoT will film multiple endings for the series so even the show’s cast doesn’t know how the story will end.
“I know in Game of Thrones, the ending, they’re going to shoot multiple versions so that nobody really know what happens,” Bloys was quoted as saying. “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.”
HBO isn’t confirming or denying the report, by the way.
The series has battled in recent years to reduce plot point leakage. The GoT showrunners were previously asked by EW about what tactics they might take to protect the final season’s secrets and executive producer Dan Weiss replied, “We don’t even want to tell you because if we do then somebody will figure out how to circumvent the things that we’re doing.”
GoT is going into production in October and will debut its final season — which consists of six episodes — in either late 2018 or 2019, as Bloys explained previously to EW: “They have to write the episodes and figure out the production schedule. We’ll have a better sense of that once they get further into the writing. One of the hallmarks of the show has been how cinematic is it. The show has proven that TV is every bit as impressive and in many cases more so, than film. What they’re doing is monumental. When you see these battles in season 7, and what I imagine season 8 will be, it’s a big, big show.”