The lengths HBO and the Game of Thrones production staff has gone to avoid spoilers for the show’s final season is beyond admirable. Actually, it’s almost insane. Scripts only accessible through an encrypted app, directors shooting fake scenes, “drone killers.”; you would almost assume this is the biggest show on television.
Now, in an interview with Sky News, actor Richard Dormer revealed another tidbit to demonstrate how far the show goes to protect its spoilers. Dormer, who plays fire-sword wielding, eyepatch-wearing Beric Dondarrion, admitted the show leaks some news on purpose.
Fortitude and #GameOfThrones actor Richard Dormer talks to Sky News about working on the two hit shows.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) December 6, 2018
“I suppose it’s good for the show because it gets people talking, and sometimes I suppose they even leak stuff on purpose,” he said. “It’s all good for the show, but we find it kind of annoying because we want fans to see it on screen and go, ‘Oh my god, I can’t believe it.’ You don’t want it to be spoiled, you want it to be a piece of entertainment that is constantly keeping you on your toes.”
This helps explain some of the cryptic musings other GoT actors have dropped in recent months. From Maisie Williams posting bloody sneakers on Instagram, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau hinting steamy relationship drama between Jaime Lannister and Brienne of Tarth, and the Night King indicating Episode 3 of the new season will feature the “biggest battle” in TV history, actors have kept fans salivating. And perhaps that’s all by design, if Dormer is to be believed.
Oh, and Game of Thrones showrunners shot multiple endings for the finale. If any of this causes you anticipatory consternation, don’t worry. Just do like GoT stars and chill out by getting high in bathtubs.