Game of Thrones scripts are now so secretive, they digitally self-destruct

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Jun 1, 2018, 5:51 PM EDT (Updated)

The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones may be up to a year away, and HBO is apparently going to new extremes to maintain the show’s secrecy. That level of paranoia may be justified, considering that episodes and scripts have previously been stolen and leaked. But this time, the premium network may have finally found a way to keep the details under wraps.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau — the actor who portrays Jaime Lannister on the show — recently told Elite Daily that HBO now distributes the scripts digitally. And once the actors are done with their scenes, their scripts are immediately deleted.

“They’re very, very strict,” said Coster-Waldau. “It’s reached a crazy level this year. We actually get the scripts, and then when we’ve shot the scene — and we only have it digitally — and then when you’ve done the scene, it just vanishes. It’s like Mission: Impossible. ‘This will self-destruct.’”

If the performers only have script pages for scenes in which their characters appear, it may also be an effective way to keep the last twist and turns from leaking ahead of time. While Coster-Waldau didn’t offer any specifics about the story, he indicated that he was very satisfied with the ending.

“I also know that we end in the right way, and the show ends on its own terms,” Coster-Waldau said. “When I read the scripts for the last season, I was like, ‘Wow, they really pulled it off.’ It’s one story from Season 1 to [now], and it makes sense.”

Game of Thrones Season 8 will premiere on HBO in 2019.