Earlier this summer, news came out that the Game Of Thrones showrunners were going to film multiple series finales in order to combat the incessant leaks HBO experienced during season seven.
And while it sounds like a good idea on paper to the casual fan who is sick of internet pirates holding our beloved show hostage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, the actor who plays Jaime Lannister, took a more practical approach.
Speaking to Marie Claire, Coster-Waldau (truthfully, does anyone on Earth know how to pronounce this dude’s name?) expressed his doubt that HBO was actually going to shell out the cash and manpower to final unneeded additionally episodes.
via Marie Claire:
“Do you think that’s true? It seems really stupid to me. I mean if it’s true I don’t believe it, but I don’t know, maybe. I mean, I haven’t read the script, so unless they will show several endings that could be a twist, they’re not going to waste that money. They know how expensive it is to shoot. You’re not going to waste $100,000 a day to shoot something you’re not going to use. It’s not going to happen.”
While Ser Jaime certainly has a point, if production cost rumors are to be believed, HBO is already tanking $90 million into the final season, so what’s another $10 million here or there. Honestly, whatever it takes to thwart the leaks, we’re here for.
The production of Game of Thrones eighth and final season, which will only have six episodes, begins in October. While no official release date has been revealed, rumors suggest that the final season of GoT will not premiere until late 2018 or early 2019.