Game of Thrones is looking to keep the ending of its highly anticipated eighth and final season a mystery.
According to a report quoting HBO programming president Casey Bloys — who was speaking at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Penn., last week — the executive revealed that Game of Thrones will film multiple endings for the series so even the show’s cast members won’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 knows 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.”
The HBO series has been attempting to battle plot leaks and hacks. Most recently, the HBO hackers, collectively known as “Mr. Smith,” threatened to leak the Season 7 finale of Game of Thrones, titled The Dragon and the Wolf, to the internet.
The hackers released multiple episodes of HBO shows including Game of Thrones, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Ballers and Room 104, along with scripts of already-aired and upcoming episodes.
Game of Thrones actor Kit Harrington has said that the show shot multiple fake scenes to throw off the paparazzi during the production of Season 7, with the fake scenes taking up to five hours each to shoot.
The tactic of filming multiple endings for a television show has been used before. Breaking Bad and The Sopranos filmed alternate endings to preserve mystery.
“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.”