THE head of HBO says Game of Thrones will film multiple endings to combat leaks — now one of the show’s own stars says that is a ‘really stupid’ idea.
IT’S been reported that HBO is going to extreme lengths to keep the ending of Game of Thrones under wraps, with execs reportedly planning to film several different endings for the series finale in order to avoid leaks.
It’s an extreme measure — and one that even one of the show’s own stars has described as “really stupid.”
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime Lannister, questioned whether the reports of multiple endings being filmed were even true in an interview with Marie Claire.
“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,” he said.
“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.”
HBO programming chief Casey Bloys made the announcement about multiple endings while speaking at a US college last month, suggesting the news has not filtered down to Coster-Waldau yet.
“I know in Game of Thrones, the ending, they’re going to shoot multiple versions so that nobody really know what happens,” Bloys said. “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 has not commented on his statements.
The show has been the target of a number of leaks and hacks. In August, four people were arrested in India after an episode leaked two days before its scheduled airtime.