HBO has come up with a strategy the pay-cable channel thinks will stymie hackers hoping to leak the ending of the upcoming eighth and final season of the megahit “Game of Thrones.”
The Morning Call in Bethlehem, Pa., quotes Casey Bloys, president of programming for HBO, saying the show’s producers are going to “shoot multiple versions so that nobody really knows what happens.” Bloys commented on the situation during a visit to Moravian College in his hometown of Bethlehem.
Bloys added: “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 definitive answer until the end.”
The same strategy has been used by other shows, including AMC’s “Breaking Bad” and HBO’s “The Sopranos,” the report notes, adding that all the way back in 1980, the producers of “Dallas” filmed multiple endings for the big season four climax, with most of the major characters taking a turn firing the gun that shot J.R.
The report notes that Bloys commented on some other famous finales, including “The Sopranos,” while he was speaking to students and faculty members at Moravian.
“Finales are tough,” said Bloys. “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.”
He noted that he still doesn’t know what happened to Tony Soprano, adding: “The thing that was interesting about ‘The Sopranos’ was it did make you think. In a way everybody got their own version of it. I think he was probably shot, but I don’t think David [Chase] has really told anybody what really happened in his mind.”