Game of Thrones producers are doing everything they can to prevent another security breach as Nikolaj Coster-Waldau reveals that scripts are swiftly deleted after they've been shot. Fans of the HBO series are having to endure a Westeros-free 2018 as Game of Thrones films its eighth and final season but anticipation is continuing to build towars what is arguably the most eagerly awaited conclusion to a television series for quite some time. With the future occupant of the Iron Throne, the battle against the White Walkers and the fates of much-loved characters such as Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen and Tyrion Lannister all in the balance, there are plenty of potential spoilers that could leak ahead of time.
Of course, Game of Thrones has a history of security breaches and over more recent seasons, both scripts and entire episodes have hit the internet, sometimes weeks in advance of the official air date. While Game of Thrones remains monstrously popular, these leaks have certainly been damaging and have led to some key moments being spoiled for fans. To counter these issues, it was previously reported that filming of Game of Thrones season 8 would make use of fake scripts or multiple endings in an attempt to ensure secrets were kept, however some actors have disputed these claims.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, otherwise known as Game of Thrones' Jaime Lannister, has confirmed, however, that the production is employing a practice of automatically deleting scripts once they've been filmed. Speaking at the Cannes Film Festival with Elite Daily, Coster-Waldau stated:
"They’re very very strict. It’s reached a crazy level this year. We actually get the scripts, and then when we’ve shot the scene — and we only have it digitally — and then when you’ve done the scene, it just vanishes. It’s like Mission: Impossible. 'This will self-destruct.'"
The actor also spoke briefly about his opinion on Game of Thrones' ending, claiming that the show was going out in "the right way" and "on its own terms" and also stated that he would miss both his fellow cast members and the shooting location of Belfast.
Game of Thrones certainly isn't the first production to use such secretive methods on set in an attempt to avoid leaks. Increasingly, studios are going to great lengths to avoid losing information to hackers and to prevent actors either accidentally revealing spoilers on their social media profiles or being pushed into giving away information in an interview. Paul Bettany recently spoke out about his experiences on the sets of Solo and Avengers: Infinity War, revealing that he was watched at all times while putting on costumes and didn't even get to read the full script for the latter movie.
In some cases, it could be said that such extreme measures might hinder an actor's performance. For example, not knowing the entire plot of a movie could lead to an actor leaving out something that they might have included had they known the full story. However, in Game of Thrones' case, at least the scripts are only disappearing after the scenes have been filmed, meaning that so long as there isn't any need for scenes to be re-shot later, the security measures shouldn't impact negatively upon the actual scenes.
Game of Thrones season 8 is due to premiere in 2019.
Source: Elite Daily