‘Game Of Thrones’: Why HBO Shot Fake Scenes For Season 8

Game of Thrones will finally return to HBO for its eighth and final season in April 2019. After years of investment, tons of deaths, and the most glorious battles ever seen on TV, we will finally learn who will win the battle for the Iron Throne and bid farewell to our beloved Westeros as we know it. Thus far, we know that Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen are set to go against The Night King and The White Walkers as well as Cersei and The Golden Company.

The series airs on Sundays which means it will return April 7, 14, or 28 and though we will only get six episodes in Season 8, they will all be feature-length. Though HBO and GoT showrunners and creators, David Benioff and D. B. Weiss and have already shot the final season, few details have been revealed to the public. In fact, the final episodes are being guarded more heavily than The Wall.

Tyrion aims a crossbow, looking directly into the camera

Tyrion aims his crossbow in “The Children” | HBO

No paper and no clues

We heard that the actors couldn’ t even take their digital scripts off set, but it seems HBO has gone to even more extremes to guard Season 8 of GoTDirector David Nutter told The Huffington Post, “Well, sometimes there were paparazzi in amazing places ― on construction cranes and all kinds of crazy places, to try to get a point of view of things. They were all over, everywhere, trying to get in on what was happening. But it was definitely a situation where there was no paper on the set, [that] type of thing. [The production team] wanted to make sure nobody knew what was happening, and they went to the nth degree, like they do on the show in general. They basically take it to the point where it’s like the Gestapo. It’s tough to get answers.”

Daenerys Targaryen stands before her throne.

Daenerys Targaryen | HBO

Apparently, HBO also put their massive budget for Game of Thrones to good use to thwart the public’s attempts to get details about Season 8. GoT showrunners and producers decide to shoot fake scenes just in case anything leaked. When asked if he knew which scenes he shot were fake or real, Nutter revealed, “Oh yeah. Oh yeah, of course.” He was also kind enough to give us a tiny snippet of what we can expect in the Game of Thrones series finale. He said, “All I know is that [showrunners] David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] spent a lot of time to tell the story in a proper fashion, and the audience will be completely satisfied. Not everybody will be satisfied, but I feel the audience will be satisfied with the direction the series goes. It lives up to all the building it’s coming to, I promise you that.”

What about the Game of Thrones prequel?

Though GoT will officially be no more after 2019, we can still look forward to the Game of Thrones prequel, tentatively titled, The Long Night. The series is set to premiere in 2020.  Helmed by Jane Goldman, who wrote Kingsman: The Secret Service the prequel is set 1,000 years before the current events on Game of Thrones. Not much else has been revealed about the prequel, but we do know that actress Naomi Watts has signed on for an undisclosed role.

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