Game of Thrones is one of the most talked-about television shows in history. Gone are the days when TV paled in comparison to the action and adventure that was saved solely for the big screen. Now, the show has proven that televised series can be just as cinematic and big budget.
With each episode costing millions and the budget for the eighth and final season being bigger than ever before, fans are eagerly counting down the days until they discover how the battle for the Seven Kingdoms will draw to a close and who will win: the living or the dead?
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Season seven left fans on tenterhooks last summer, with many threads of the plot finally being tied off in preparation for the Great War. And I don’t know about you, but I was certainly glad to see the back of Littlefinger – but not so glad to see the Night King get a dragon!
Because there are no episodes airing this summer, fans have nothing to do but speculate about what will happen next. Will Dany get pregnant despite being told it’s impossible? And how many of the show’s protagonists will be mercilessly killed off in the final season?!
While us fans might be forced to live out of the loop, it turns out that even the actors themselves aren’t as clued up on what’s going on in Westeros as you’d think they are. In fact, the show’s producers have taken some pretty extreme measures to ensure that there are no story leaks.
In an interview with Elite Daily, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Jamie Lannister, revealed that the producers of the show are “very strict”.
“We actually get the scripts and then when we’ve shot the scene, it just vanishes.”
“It’s like Mission: Impossible ‘This will self-destruct.'”
Charles Rivkin, head of the Motion Picture Association of America, described the industry’s content is its “lifeblood.”
“When you steal from creative companies, you put people out of work,” he said. “This is a fight you have to fight.”
For the latest Star Wars movie, the scripts were printed on red paper that was impossible to copy.
Rivkin also revealed that encrypted blockchain technology, which is used in cryptocurrency transactions, could potentially revolutionize how content is distributed in Hollywood.
“Blockchain is an extraordinary technology that I think is going to be disruptive and productive in any number of industries,” he said.
“I think it is too early to tell, and I am no expert, but it might help a lot with the secure distribution of product digitally and it might help in our fight against piracy.”
Despite these extreme measures being taken to keep the plot of the final season under wraps, however, some telling details have been leaked.
Earlier this year, a fan of the show shared a picture of one of Westeros’ most iconic locations, Winterfell, up in flames – suggesting that that the ancestral home of the Starks was about to get a visit (and quite possibly destroyed) by the Night King.
“Big night of filming for #GOT8 tonight 26/1 at the Winterfell Set Moneyglass N.Ireland 200+ extras in a big battle scene,” wrote Twitter user Oakleaf Photography alongside a series of pictures. “This was awesome to see tonight.”
In addition to this, it was recently revealed that the Dothraki would be making an appearance in season eight. Lessans Riding Stables shared pictures on Instagram, showing that they were housing some of the actors who play fighters, but they have subsequently been deleted.
“What an exciting week we’ve had transforming the yard into a film set. Try explaining to a Dothraki warrior that, even though the sun is blazing, Winter is Coming,” one post read.
What’s more is that while the actors themselves are keeping tight-lipped about specific details about what goes down in the final season, they have made some tantalizing comments to whet fans’ appetites.
“So there were certain things where I was like, ‘Well, it can’t be that but I don’t know what it is going to be,'” said Hannah Murray, who stars as Gilly. “It’s not like a fairytale happy ending by any means at all, and I think it’s a really wonderful final season.”
“I’m really excited for people to get to see it.”
Well, I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for next summer. I just don’t know what I’m doing to do with myself once Game of Thrones is over…