Warning: this article contains spoilers from Game of Thrones season eight.
Last weekend, HBO aired Game of Thrones: The Last Watch, a feature-length documentary about the making of the show’s final season, revealing some great tidbits about what went on behind the scenes. Among them were the lengths the show makers went to to avoid any spoilers leaking.
Cast members, for example, were flown to filming locations they didn’t actually need to be in, just in case fans caught wind of who was where and started to speculate.
A great example of this was when Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Vladimir Furdik (the Night King), Tom Wlaschiha (Jaqen H’ghar), and Fay Marsay (the Waif) were all flown to Spain to shoot Bran’s nomination as king in King’s Landing. They were all decoys, none actually appearing in the scene. In fact, Marsay and Wlaschiha aren’t in season eight at all.
The Game of Thrones cast weren’t allowed to keep hold of their scripts, either. After a huge table read, in which Harington discovered Jon Snow kills Daenerys Targaryen and Maisie Williams learned Arya Stark takes out the Night King, all their scripts were shredded.
Throughout the final season, everyone used digital scripts on iPads, with the exception of director David Nutter, who had paper copies but kept them locked in a safe every day.
Watch the trailer for Game of Thrones: The Last Watch below.
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