Not to fool leakers. The nod towards leaks is legitimate, but now every Game of Thrones fan wanting the box set to see the alternate series finales. Anyone else hoping for a massive troll ending similar to the Sopranos. Instead of a black screen, we get Sam closing the book on the wars that followed the reign of Robert Baratheon.
Yeah, we’d light our TVs on fire worse than LeBron James heading to Miami, but damn it would be funny. The idea of multiple scenes isn’t new. Kit Harington has often talked about trying to keep track of the fake scenes and the real ones each season.
Casey Bloys, HBO’s president of programming, visited Moravian College and spoke of ‘multiple versions’ of the season finale set to air in 2019 (that’s a long ass time HBO). “Because when you’re shooting something, people know,” he said. “So they’re going to shoot multiple versions so that there’s no real definitive answer until the end.”
Cool, now we all know nothing. Just like Jon Snow. For a guy that knows nothing, he’s pretty damn adept at the game.
Season 7 was beset with leaks, including full outlines of the season finale. Guess what happened? The show brought in 12 million views for the series finale, the most watched Game of Thrones episode ever.
One might think HBO is Littlefinger in all of this. Besides, chaos is a ladder which you climb. All the leaks, the miscues from affiliate partners and it’s still the most watched season.
HBO does this all the time with high profile finales. David Chase did the same with the Sopranos and reported filmed three separate ending. And went with the most polarizing one.
Protip to Bloys and Game of Thrones. Social media is a hell of a lot more prevalent than during the run of the Sopranos. A cut to black so you can imagine the fate of our favorite characters.
What do you think? Is HBO lining up a giant box set to show off the alternate ending? Sure, it keeps people guessing, but damn, the blu-rays suddenly became a compelling purchase. It’s a damn shame we have to wait until 2019 to watch the final season of Game of Thrones.
It’s been a hell of a ride, and if George R.R. Martin ever decides to find a keyboard again, it’d be nice to see how his vision matches up with the series HBO created.