Saturday 15 December 2018

Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau reveals the unique plan show bosses have to stop leaks in the final season

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister in Game of Thrones
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister in Game of Thrones
Actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau attends the premiere of HBO's "Game Of Thrones" season 7 at Walt Disney Concert Hall on July 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
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Characters Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow from ‘Game of Thrones’, a major TV hit for Sky
Actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau attends the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Lena Headey playing Cersei in season four (PA)
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Lena Headey as Jaime and Cersei Lannister in 'Game of Thrones'

Caitlin McBride and Sasha Brady

You can't say they're not creative.

Producers of Game of Thrones are reportedly considering not giving actors scripts to combat leaks in the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime Lannister in the hit HBO show, said bosses are going to extensive lengths to keep things under wraps. The show was affected by a hack earlier this year and a number of episodes were leaked ahead of their schedule date. Although it didn't affect ratings, show bosses aren't taking any chances this time around - and it means, trust no one.

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Game of Thrones

Nikolaj, from Denmark, appeared on Nordic chat show Skavlan, revealed that cast members will no longer digitally receive copies of the scripts and will instead be fed dialogue from an earpiece.

"We’re not even going to get the script," he said, via the Associated Press, before explaining the unique plans they have for keeping everything under lock and key.

Mr Lannister is definitely the most talkative member of the cast - after the season seven finale in August, he also warned fans that it may take longer than usual (which is already pretty long) for the last season.

The last two seasons took between nine and 11 months from beginning of production to air date so eager fans are praying to the old gods and the Seven for a summer 2018 release date.

Characters Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow from ‘Game of Thrones’, a major TV hit for Sky
Characters Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow from ‘Game of Thrones’, a major TV hit for Sky

However, the episodes are rumoured to be longer than usual (sound designer Paula Fairfield hinted that each episode could be feature-length at this year's Con of Thrones) and with the potential scope of CGI effects and post-production work, a 2019 release date may be more realistic. HBO bosses aren't making any promises either way.

The good news is that the scripts have already been written as Bloys confirmed in July.

The bad news is that season eight will be shorter than previous seasons, even shorter than the penultimate season.

In April 2016, showrunners DB Weiss and David Beniofff said: "I think we're down to our final 13 episodes after this season. We're heading into the final lap. That's the guess, though nothing is yet set in stone, but that's what we're looking at."

With seven episodes down in the last season, that means we only have six episodes to expect in season eight.

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