Contrary to reports, HBO’s dragons-and-swords drama “Game of Thrones” won’t be filming multiple series endings to thwart spoilers — at least, that’s the word from series star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.
Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime Lannister on the series, also thinks that it would be “really stupid” to do so.
In an interview with Marie Claire, the actor weighed in on reports that the series will film multiple endings, saying that it’s unlikely to happen.
“Do you think that’s true? It seems really stupid to me,” Coster-Waldau said. “I mean if it’s true I don’t believe it, but I don’t know, maybe.”
The actor went on to posit that shooting multiple endings would be too costly to be worth it.
“I mean, I haven’t read the script, so unless they will show several endings that could be a twist, they’re not going to waste that money,” the actor said. “They know how expensive it is to shoot. You’re not going to waste $100,000 a day to shoot something you’re not going to use. It’s not going to happen.”
Earlier this month, Pennsylvania newspaper The Morning Call reported that HBO programming president Casey Bloys said that even the show’s cast will be kept in the dark until the finale airs as an extra precaution.
“I know in ‘Game of Thrones,’ the ending, they’re going to shoot multiple versions so that nobody really know what happens,” the paper reported Bloys as saying. “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.”
HBO has battled spoilers surrounding “Game of Thrones” for years.In one prominent example, two episodes of Season 7 made their way online before air via international distribution partners. And a draft script of an upcoming episode was among the 1.5 terabytes of data stole when hackers breached HBO’s system earlier this year.