‘Game of Thrones’ Filming Multiple Endings For Season 8 — Report
Now, the premium cable network is upping the game.
A new report claims the Game of Thrones team is shooting multiple endings for the show’s eighth and final season, just to keep fans on their toes.
We’ve heard about this kind of misdirection before, mind you.
Kit Harington, for example, recently told Jimmy Kimmel that the team goes to great lengths to film fake scenes when they know paparazzi are nearby.
That would explain, for example, why we saw photos of Jon Snow petting a dragon on the Dragonstone beach… instead of the Dragonstone cliffs. (OK, not a big difference.)
Apparently, HBO Programming President Casey Bloys revealed this Season 8 scoop at a talk at Moravian College in his hometown of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
“I know in Game of Thrones, the ending, they’re going to shoot multiple versions so that nobody really knows what happens,” he said, according to local newspaper The Morning Call.
“You have to do that on a long show. Because when you’re shooting something, people know,” Casey continued.
“So they’re going to shoot multiple versions so that there’s no real definitive answer until the end.”
It seems Casey is a little worried about Game of Thrones sticking the landing.
“Finales are tough,” he told the crowd.
“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.”
If this report is true and Game of Thrones does indeed film multiple endings for the finale, it won’t be the first show to do so.
24, for example, filmed multiple endings to Season 1.
In one version, Jack Bauer’s wife, Teri, is shot by a CTU traitor and dies. In another, she is shot but survives. And in the third, she’s not shot at all.
In a flash-forward in Lost’s Season 4 finale, Jack Shephard realizes that one of his fellow castaways is dead when Benjamin Linus brings him to a funeral home and shows him that poor soul’s body in a coffin.
But the Lost crew filmed three versions: one with James “Sawyer” Ford in the coffin, one with John Locke, and one with Desmond Hume.
And the Sex and the City team filmed three resolutions for Carrie Bradshaw’s love story on the HBO show.
In one, she returns home with Mr. Big. In another, she returns home with Petrovsky. And in the third, she came home alone.
Moral of the story: Take everything you see online with a grain of salt, especially where HBO is concerned!
Game of Thrones Season 8 premieres in either 2018 or 2019 on HBO.