With production for the final season of Game of Thrones underway, HBO is going to great lengths to keep plot details secret. There were even rumors that producers were shooting multiple endings of the fantasy drama, but Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams says that isn’t the case.
Williams opened up about the Game of Thrones finale during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
The actress, who plays Arya Stark on the show, revealed that it would not be cost-effective to shoot multiple ending scenes just for the sake of throwing fans off the trail.
“I heard this, and I thought, ‘I don’t think we got the budget to shoot multiple endings,” Williams shared.
Kimmel then pointed out that HBO’s programming president Casey Bloys was the one who started the rumor in the first place, to which Williams replied, “but as we know, sometimes presidents don’t always tell the truth.”
It is true that HBO spends a lot of money producing a single episode of Game of Thrones. Given the complexity of the scenes and all the manpower that goes into filming, it makes more sense if producers stuck to one ending and just tried their best to keep the major details under wraps.
Although everyone involved in the series is forbidden from releasing too many spoilers, Williams may have let slip key information about Arya’s fate.
The actress revealed that she still has a lot of filming to complete this year for the final season. But when asked if that means her character has a major part in the final season, Williams said that isn’t necessarily true. Instead, she revealed that each scene just takes a lot of time to film.
Fans can read into that as they may, but it sounds like Arya is in for an intense final season.
Williams also confessed that she has read all of the scripts for the final season and knows how everything ends. Of course, she didn’t dish out any details about the series finale, but she did say that she sent her mom the final script after she was done reading it.
Giving her mom the script was in violation of the rules, but it sounds like her mom is also being tight-lipped about it all.
Season 8 of Game of Thrones will be a truncated season, with each of the six episodes reportedly being as long a feature-length film. HBO has not announced titles for the episodes or revealed who will be directing them.
With most of production still ahead, the last season of Game of Thrones is not expected to premiere on HBO until sometime in 2019.