In season 7 Game Of Thrones suffered some huge leaks. HBO will look to learn from their mistakes and have in-turn took some huge precautions to prevent further leaks in season 8.
The final two episodes in season 7 weren’t actually leaked by hackers but was self-inflicted by HBO themselves as their affiliates accidentally aired them prior to the actual air date, this lead them to be released online days before their actual release date.
However, not all of the season 7 leaks were self-inflicted, hackers were able to release clips from multiple episodes and put them online. One of the popular clips that was prematurely released was the Arya and Brianne of Tarth fight scene. Arguably the biggest leak was probably the dispersion of the scripts for the season, which ended up being an almost entirely accurate summary of nearly every major spoiler meant to surprise fans.
With hackers in mind, HBO have taken to somewhat extreme precautions to stop leaks like this. First off, they will film alternate endings for season 8 and will bring in ‘dummy’ scenes in an attempt to try and deceive paparazzi. A popular example of what HBO are trying to imitate was used in season 7×1 of The Walking Dead where they actually filmed death scenes for every main character in the infamous Negan introduction scene. In that case, video’s of Maggie being killed by Lucille were actually put on YouTube prior to the episode airing. With them spending so much money on dummy scene, imagine want’ll happen if the real scenes do get released!
Davos Seaworth actor Liam Cunningham recently spoke out of the security of the scripts, saying he wasn’t even allowed to open them. Read what he told IGN: “I got six of [the scripts], I’ve got them all, but I can’t open them because of all the security, and I can’t walk it out.” Cunningham is probably implying that the scripts are not even paper, but are digital on a device that is not allowed internet accessed and probably has cerca 100 passwords, hence why he cannot open them and can’t walk them out.
Along with the other forms of security, HBO will take rigorous action on to who holds episodes so they don’t ‘accidentally’ get released early again.
It’s fair to say that the Game Of Thrones season 8 scripts and scenes will be among the most protected in television history. Will HBO still find a way to it them up?