In 2018, spoiler leaks are basically more common than those found in boats. Reddit, Twitter, movie trailers, hackers, and erroneous studio uploads have created a veritable Internet minefield that fans must attempt to traverse carefully, lest they be spoiled for the outcome of an upcoming movie, TV show or book. Many studios, directors, and producers have wised up to this fact, doing as much as they can to create an experience of pure, unimpeded joy for those who enjoy and consume their media.
***WARNING! The following contains spoilers for Season 7 of Game of Thrones! Ye have been warned***
The lengths that some productions go to prevent spoilers from reaching the general public are sometimes just as impressive as the productions themselves. Take, for instance, Game of Thrones, which will finish up for good next year after an eighth and final season on HBO. Based on George R.R. Martin's fantasy novels, the series was a massive hit when it first premiered back in 2011. Now, winter is here and it's brought an army of White Walkers and a zombie ice dragon with it.
Fans are eager to find out how the show will end while answering their most burning questions. How will the people of Westeros defeat the Walkers? What will happen when Jon Snow discovers that Dany is his aunt? In what way will Cersei Lannister maintain control of the Iron Throne with Jaime no longer at her side? We won't get any answers until 2019 and that's how it should be, especially since the network took no chances when it came to keeping an extremely tight lid on plot details.
According to Sophie Turner who plays Sansa Stark, members of the cast didn't even get physical copies of the scripts. The ones they did get would promptly dissapear once they'd had a chance to memorize their lines, almost like a top secret assignment in the Mission: Impossible films.
"We would have it on an app," she told Digital Spy. "We would get sent sides for the scene [we were shooting] the next day. So we would have to learn it all the day before. "And once you've read it, it disappears 24 hours later, and you can never access it again. It's tighter than the White House security!"
The actress added that anyone visiting the sets had to have stickers placed on the cameras on their smartphones, just in case their fingers got a little snap happy. To maintain even more secrecy, the cast and show were given codenames to throw anyone off the Westerosi scent. Turner admitted the codename for Season 8 was "Face of Angels," but insisted that it's a completely random title and has no secret and subtle reference to what will happen as we near the end.
Even with all these precautions put in place, there's still no accounting for human error.
"It's hard for me, I'm such a blabbermouth!" Turner finished. "I'm sure at a party I've probably spilled some beans to someone... probably to my mum!"