The Intense New Way Game Of Thrones Is Keeping Its Scripts Secret During The Final Season

Jaime and Bronn before Dany attacked

There is no show on TV right now quite as viral and popular as Game of Thrones. HBO's fantasy series has become a cultural event, and the past seven seasons of murder and mayhem will finally come to a head with GoT's eighth and final season. The pressure is on for Game of Thrones to deliver a satisfying conclusion, and also keep its contents under wraps until Season 8 concludes. The show has always been famously strict in regards to security, but now it appears that Season 8 has stepped it up in regards to its top secret script. Actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau plays Jaime Lannister, and described how secrecy reached a new level in the final season,

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.'

As annoying as this process must be for the actors, you have to admit that the system Game of Thrones use sounds cool AF. Rather than simply having to hand over their scripts or use an online portal to view them, the pages will actually expire as soon as its in the can. Now that is some tight security.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau's comments to Elite Daily show how seriously Game of Thrones is attempting to keep its contents under wraps, especially regarding the highly anticipated series finale. Because the show is so popular, there are plenty of folks out there trying to spoil the upcoming season's contents. HBO has been doing everything imaginable for the past few years, and this new script process is just the latest example.

Ahead of filming Season 8, there were also reports that Game of Thrones might film three different versions of its ending, therefore allowing both the fans and even the cast to be surprised about the show's contents. This has since been refuted by some cast members, citing there's no way a show that is already so expensive has the surplus budget to film unused scenes.

Aside from the pressure of ending the Game of Thrones TV show, the finale also has the potential to spoil the ending of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire novels. The show is now ahead of the books, and it's unclear how much was fabricated by creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, and how much is directly fro the mind of Martin. Unfortunately, we're going to have to wait years to find out, as Martin is still in the midst of writing The Winds of Winter, after which he will still have to write a final seventh novel.

It's currently unclear when Game of Thrones will return to HBO for its final season, as it seems they'll be filming through the summer. In the meantime, check out our summer premiere list to plan your next binge watch. Plus our Amazon premiere list and superhero premiere list to ensure you don't miss a single episode.

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.