Speaking on EW Morning Live (that’s on Entertainment Weekly Radio, SiriusXM, channel 105) yesterday morning, Coster-Waldau, who plays Ser Jaime Lannister on the HBO series, had some wise words of wisdom about safekeeping the upcoming Season 8 scripts, and his solution involves eschewing any form of electronic and/or digital distribution (for example via emails) of scripts and going old school:
“I think they’re basically going to go back to hand-delivering and just giving us scripts. Just give us the hard copies instead of all this email and digital stuff. I think that’s what’s going to happen in a few years’ time, because you know, you talk to cops on the street, ‘What’s the biggest crime now?’ It’s all credit card fraud. It’s all that stuff. It’s digital. So we got to go back to cash.”
The actor also mentioned how they got about receiving their scripts last year, which involved creating many, many email accounts, and how they got the news that they’d been hacked:
“The irony, of course, is last year was crazy. We had to set up all these email accounts. They had to be triple and quadruple [checked]. All this stuff, right? And, of course, now they have this big hack! And then we get a call [saying] ‘They have all your information. And we’re not sure what’s going to happen’ What do you mean you don’t know what’s going to happen? ‘Well, we don’t know what’s going to happen but they have everything.’ Okay, great.”
Sure, delivering scripts in person would potentially limit the risk of said scripts making their merry way online, but it’s not a 100 percent safe solution. You can still run the risk of someone getting their hands on a physical copy, scanning them and publishing them online.
What do you think of Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’s solution to the HBO hacks?