Game of Thrones season 8 scripts 'self-destruct' to prevent spoilers: 'It's like Mission Impossible'

The show returns for its eighth and final season in 2019

Jacob Stolworthy
Monday 04 June 2018 13:38 BST
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in ‘Game of Thrones’ (HB
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in ‘Game of Thrones’ (HB (HBO)

Game of Thrones is a year away but HBO is already concerned about spoilers leaking ahead of the final season.

It turns out producers are going to extreme lengths to prevent the release of any plot details with actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau - who plays Jaime Lannister - revealing that the digital scripts thew show's stars receive “self-destruct” after the scene has been shot.

“They're very, very strict. It's reached a crazy level this year,” he told Elite Daily at Cannes Film Festival last month.

He continued: “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'.”

Earlier this year, filming completed on what was described as the HBO series' biggest ever battle sequence after two and a half month's worth of night shoots in Toome, the location used for Winterfell.

More recently, HBO executives revealed that several main characters will die in the final few episodes of the series adding that the entire creative team gave showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss a 15-minute standing ovation as the final words of the series were read out in the table read.

Game of Thrones returns to HBO and Sky Atlantic for an eighth and final season in 2019.

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