Game of Thrones’ final season is hotly anticipated by its millions of fans. And it seems Season 8 is also anticipated by its actors: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays the arrogant-turned-humble Jaime Lannister, says the actors won’t be given scripts in advance.
Even stranger, Coster-Waldau told Scandinavian chat show Skavlan that the actors won’t be given scripts at all.
You can see it here, below. Coster-Waldau explained to host Fredrik Skavlan that security has become increasingly tight. First, the cast were given traditional scripts, then digital scripts, then scripts delivered via verified emails.
“If you lost it, you would be sent to prison,” he quipped.
But after the HBO hack (read more about it here), the creators are taking no chances: Coster-Waldau said that the script will be read to the actors through earpieces.
“We will do a scene, we’re going to be told what’s going to happen. … We’re all going to have earpieces for the scene, and then someone’s going to tell you the line and then you’re going to do the line.”
Skavlan saw this development through rose-colored glasses: “Quite a luxury. You don’t have to rehearse so much.”
Season 8 still doesn’t have a release date, and it could be 2019 before we see the final season. But HBO can take as long as they want. We’re suckers for Game of Thrones that way.
Also: A shout-out to Norwegian host Skavlan, who kindly held the interview in English for Coster-Waldau’s many American fans. A bigger shout-out to the members of the audience, who were able to accept the language shift without complaint.