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Game of Thrones has a plan to avoid spoilers for season 8 ending

by Sean P. Aune | September 14, 2017September 14, 2017 8:00 am PDT

Game of Thrones season 7 may have just ended, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start thinking about how season 8 will wrap up the entire saga.

HBO had a rough time this year with the latest season of its hit series Game of Thrones. Despite numerous leaks, the series has become more popular than ever with 30 million views tuning into the season finale between live and delayed viewing. With season 8 set to begin filming in October, and possibly running to August 2018, fans are going to be salivating for spoilers. HBO has a plan in place it seems to hide the most precious spoiler of them all.

HBO Programming Chief Casey Bloys gave a talk Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania that was covered by The Morning Call this week. During his talk he mentioned that the Game of Thrones producers have a plan to hide the climatic ending of the series. “I know in Game of Thrones, the ending, they’re going to shoot multiple versions so that nobody really know what happens.” He went on to add, “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.”

This is certainly not an original idea as there have been other series to use the same trick to hide their endings, most notably The Sopranos and Breaking Bad.

Bloys also seems keenly aware that more than likely someone will walk away displeased with the ending. “Finales are tough,” Bloys said. “If you think about, Six Feet Under, well that was a pretty good finale. But if you think about Seinfeld, if you think about The Sopranos, if you think about Breaking Bad. Everybody has an opinion about how a show should end.”

Considering the fan base for Game of Thrones, and with seemingly everyone having a different opinion of whom should sit upon the Iron Throne at the end, there are sure to be some displeased people when those closing moments finally air.

HBO has not yet announced when season 8 – which will consist of only six episodes – will air, but with filming rumored to take until Aug. 2018, the heavy suspicion is you won’t see them until some time in 2019.

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...