A few weeks ago, the Game of Thrones season 7 finale aired, and it was spectacular. Viserion turned into an ice dragon, the army of the dead led by the Night King knocked down the Wall, Arya shanked Baelish, Jon Snow hooked up with Daenerys, a.k.a. his aunt, etc.
And after such a mind-blowing season, fans were devastated when HBO announced that season 8, which is GoT’s last season, isn’t going to air until 2019. “How am I supposed to wait that long???” screamed the nation in unison.
And guess what else? Since episodes from season 7 were leaked ahead of their premiere dates and the anticipation was completely shit on, and because people love drawing conclusions from paparazzi photos from the set, HBO is taking serious measures to ensure nobody knows what’s going to happen in the series finale.
President of programming at HBO, Casey Bloys, said multiple finales are going to be filmed, so that nobody knows what really happens until the episode officially airs.
"I know in 'Game of Thrones,' the ending, they're going to shoot multiple versions so that nobody really know what happens," he said during a talk at Moravian College.
"You have to do that on a long show. Because when you're shooting something, people know. They're going to shoot multiple versions so that there's no real definitive answer until the end.”
Ah, tricky. Keeping everyone on their toes.
“Finales are tough. If you think about, Six Feet Under, well that was a pretty good finale. But if you think about Seinfeld, if you think about The Sopranos, if you think about Breaking Bad, everybody has an opinion about how a show should end.”
Since spoilers are super annoying for everyone, Game of Thrones isn’t the first series to employ this expensive yet useful trick. How I Met Your Mother also filmed an alternate finale that was much nicer and happier than the original depressing finale that aired on television in 2014.
Same with Seinfeld – the finale that aired on television showed Jerry, Elaine, George, and Kramer getting sentenced to a year in prison for criminal indifference, but the season 9 DVD features a happier alternate ending where they were found not guilty, and did not go to prison.
Well, since we have to wait two whole years until season 8, here's a little something to help you get your GoT fix for the day: A supercut of The Hound's best insults!
Also, here are some bloopers from seasons 1 through 6:
Until 2019, my fellow Game of Thrones fans.