9/14/2017

'Game of Thrones' S8 to Shoot Fake Finales -- to Fool Leakers and the Rest of Us




If you really wanted to, it would have been pretty easy to know practically everything that happened in season seven of Game of Thrones before HBO aired even one episode. Leaks and spoilers for the hottest show on all of TV are pretty commonplace these days -- I say this bitterly, as someone who had the death of Viserion spoiled for me by some jackass fake Dany Twitter account -- and so the creators behind Game of Thrones are getting crafty with the upcoming seasons of the show: They're going to start filming fake content for it.

First reported in the Morning Call, news has now spread that Game of Thrones producers will shoot numerous endings for season eight -- which may air in 2018, may air in 2019, who knows? -- to help confuse anyone trying to figure out how the next batch of episodes will really end.

Here's what HBO's president of programming, Casey Bloys, said:

“I know in ‘Game of Thrones,’ the ending, they’re going to shoot multiple versions so that nobody really know what happens."

I can't hate on this -- I respect the proactive initiative, I guess -- but the reality is that scripts for the show still leak, mega-fans still share set pictures online, and there are already quite a few theories floating around about how this all shakes out. So if one ending aligns fairly coincidentally with what fans expect to happen anyway, how much are you really fooling us, HBO? 

Vulture did a story earlier this year about how Game of Thrones spoilers are made, and this format will certainly still continue with season eight. Shooting different endings just means that theories about those said endings will still propagate online. You know nothing, HBO.

But I guess all publicity is good publicity, and Game of Thrones is the juggernaut that just won't end. (And it's certainly saying something about the phenomenal success of this show that HBO is willing to sink money into fake content for it. That is the sign of a true moneymaker.)