Game of Thrones has been going to extreme measures to keep a lid on spoilers for Season 8. But according to GoT star Joe Dempsie, fans have no idea how far they went to keep everything on lock down. How did HBO keep everything a secret heading into the show’s final season?
Dempsie plays the role of Gendry Baratheon on the hit fantasy drama. His character disappeared in the middle of the series, but fans were delighted when returned in full force last season. With production for Season 8 still underway, Dempsie took some time out of this busy schedule to chat about his experiences on set.
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According to Bustle, Dempsie admitted that the biggest change on set over the past few seasons has been the added security. Fans were already aware about how producers carefully handle scripts, but we had no idea that even the stars of the show don’t know when and where they will be shooting scenes.
“During the whole course of Season 7 and Season 8 I have never laid eyes on a shooting schedule,” Dempsie explained, adding that actors are on a “need to know basis” when it comes to filming days.
Dempsie also revealed that scripts are given out via an app, which is protected by three layers of security. Producers have not use hard copies of the script for the past two seasons, which has helped prevent major leaks. Despite the increase in level of security, producers haven’t been able to prevent all spoilers from hitting the internet.
During his interview, Dempsie revealed that he had been filming Season 8 of GoT for the past 7 months. This is almost the same amount of time Emilia Clarke spent filming her scenes for Season 8.
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That doesn’t mean Gendry will have a similar fate as Daenerys Targaryen, but it does hint that he plays a larger role in the final season than previously expected. Whether or not Gendry — the bastard son of Robert Baratheon — ends up on the Iron Throne, of course, is yet to be seen.
Prior to Season 7, Gendry was last seen on the show in Season 3. At the time, Ser Davos saved Gendry’s life from the Red Woman by supplying him with a boat and pushing him out in the sea. In Season 7, Gendry found himself teaming up with Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and will likely play a large part in fighting the White Walkers in Season 8.
Season 8 of Game of Thrones will air in 2019.