This April marks seven years since Game of Thrones premiered on HBO, which means seven years of twists, cliffhangers, and shocking deaths. In that time, the show's cast has had to keep a lot of secrets from both fans and clever interviewers, and they've become quite adept at dancing around questions that might give something away. With the final season looming next year, they'll have to use all of those skills in the coming months to avoid spoiling the show's conclusion.
According to a report late last year, they might have some help in that regard. In September a quote from HBO's president of programming Casey Bloys surfaced in which Bloys claimed that the series would be shooting multiple decoy endings (much like fellow HBO hit Sex and the City did years earlier) so even the cast wouldn't know what really happens until the series finale airs. Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) was on Jimmy Kimmel Live Tuesday night to promote her film Early Man, and when Game of Thrones came up she danced around the reports of multiple endings.
Kimmel led things off by asking Williams how much of the show she had left to shoot, and when she replied "endless amounts," he pounced, hoping she would reveal just how much of the final season Arya will be in.
"So then we know, based on that, that you're in a lot of the episodes," Kimmel said.
"No, not necessarily, 'cause some of the episode take a really long time to shoot," Williams replied with a grin.
Kimmel then pivoted to the final scripts themselves, and got Williams to reveal that she's read all of them. When she boasted "I know the end of Game of Thrones," Kimmel brought up the reports of decoy endings, and Williams deflected again.
"Well I heard this, and I immediately thought 'I don't think we've got the budget to shoot lots of different endings,'" Williams said.
When Kimmel pointed out that this report was coming from HBO's programming president, Williams deflected one more time, and got in a sick burn directed at President Donald Trump while she was at it.
"Well, he's the president, so he would know if you have the money or not," Kimmel said.
Williams' reply: "But, as we know, sometimes presidents don't always tell the truth."
It's quite possible that, in the coming months, we'll hear from other cast members—or from showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss—who confirm the multiple endings report. It wouldn't be the first time Game of Thrones has planted decoys to throw fans off the scent.
At the moment, Williams seems to be both unsure of what exactly she's allowed to say (the real promotional machine for the final season won't start up for a while yet) and enjoying dodging Kimmel's rather playful questions. It's probably important to enjoy this kind of banter while it lasts, because next year Williams and her castmates will be flooded with such questions, and they might not be as fun by then.
In the course of the interview, Williams did reveal that at least one person outside of the Game of Thrones production has read the final scripts: Her mother.
Check out the full exchange between Williams and Kimmel below. Game of Thrones returns for its six-episode final season in 2019.