While we're in a bit of television renaissance, there is one plague that has the potential to ruin it all: spoilers. Leaked footage and set images have the potential to ruin popular TV shows, especially massive hits like The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones. The latter has had quite the history of spoilers, including last season's comments from Ian McShane that revealed The Hound was set to return to the series. But one Game of Thrones actor doesn't seem quite as phased with spoilers, and he's got a sound reason why.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau has played the fascinatingly conflicted Jaime Lannister since Game of Thrones' first episode. And while the cast, crew, and fans seem to be very nervous for potential spoilers, Coster-Waldau revealed that they don't carry quite as much weight, because so many rumors and "spoilers" are untrue. He told The Huffington Post,
But also, what's interesting, though, is every year there are huge spoilers online where people find out real stuff and they will post it, and you go, 'Oh my God, they just spoiled the whole season online!' But then, because there's 10,000 other spoilers out there that aren't real. It just gets lost in the shuffle. So, it's all out there by the way... if you can find it.
Not going to lie, he makes some pretty great points. Let's break it all down.
Because Game of Thrones and George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire novels are so massively popular, there is a hardcore cult following for the fantasy series. And since the fandom is so involved, fan theories can end up being pretty spot on to the events of the show. This may actually speak highly for both the series and its fans, which manage to be on the same page despite all the secrecy.
And for every spot on fan theory/spoiler, there are a few hundred that are bogus. That seems to be the show's saving grace in Nikolaj Coster-Waldau's mind. Because while the community may have predicted Jon's resurrection and his long awaited reunion with Sansa, other twists like Cersei's destruction of the Sept of Baelor (and all of her King's Landing enemies) came out of nowhere. The brilliant minds behind Game of Thrones know how to keep their audience on their toes, and therefore will likely be a few steps ahead of the majority of the fans.
HBO and the folks behind Game of Thrones are also sure to take special precautions in order to keep the contents of each season. Last season saw the premium network withhold press screeners, fearing all the Jon Snow spoilers. The cast presumably have some serious NDA's in their contract, and security while filming is very tight.
We'll just have to see how well spoilers were hidden when Game of Thrones returns to HBO on July 16, 2017. Be sure to check out our summer premiere list to plan your next binge watch.