Game of Thrones is 'absolutely paranoid' about spoilers and went to wild security lengths

TBH we don't want anyone spoiling anything for us either.

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TBH we don't want anyone spoiling anything for us either.

The cast and crew are sitting on a lot of Game of Thrones secrets but there’s one that everyone knows: HBO goes to some pretty drastic lengths to keep spoilers from getting out. After being burned by episode leak after episode leak, they’ve upped their security in recent years though we didn’t realise just how insane it all was. While chatting with BBC Radio 5, Game of Thrones’ Iain Glen explained the intensity of the process and said that HBO had become ‘absolutely paranoid’ about it all.

He told the outlet, ‘Everything was accessed through iPads with different security you had to get through to access it. Which caused a problem for the actors, I have to say.’

There’s always somebody who has difficulty with tech and I can imagine HBO’s IT department were probably getting a few calls about it. He also added that they ‘weren’t allowed a written word on a page’, which would make things difficult if you were rehearsing and had to take notes.

He explained, ‘They're absolutely paranoid now about anyone finding out anything about the series and spoiling it.’

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We’re pretty keen to find out what happens to Iain Glen’s character in Game of Thrones, as he plays one of the series’ most interesting character. Glen plays Ser Jorah Mormont, an exiled knight who betrayed his biggest crush Daenerys Targaryen, and was ousted from her crew. He’s had a pretty rough time of it ever since as he was struck with a disease called greyscale, quarantined and eventually came crawling back to Daenerys.

Glen was pretty quiet about what the next series entails, but he did say to expect big things. He described the first big table read which had ‘more than 100 cast and crew’ in attendance, as they all came together to read all of the series’ scripts in one go.

He explained, ‘This season was the first ever that we sat and read the entire arc of the story from beginning to end right through over the course of a day. Kit [Harington - who plays Jon Snow], if he wasn't lying, had not read it, so he was reading it on that day for the first time.’

Given that the show is so complex, it’s hard to believe that HBO’s ever going to be able to wrap it up satisfactorily with a bow. Glen’s got us in high hopes though, as he said, ‘Honestly, these six episodes are absolutely phenomenal. The writers really, really came up trumps. The way they pulled it all together was a real writing task.’

Even though we’re going to be devastated about the end of the show, it’s a million times worse for the cast as they’ve actually had to live and breathe it for years now. He explained, ‘There were a lot of tears that day... and it's been a season of that because it's been a season of farewells and finishes.’

All men and TV shows must die, as they say in Westeros. The final six-part series of Game of Thrones is set to air on Sky in April 2019.

Megan C. Hills

Megan is a freelance journalist who covers entertainment and all things lifestyle, with a particular passion for fashion, beauty, travel and Keanu Reeves stories. She has previously worked on staff for titles including Marie Claire UK, CNN Style and The Evening Standard and has written for titles such as Bustle UK, Wallpaper*, Forbes and Hong Kong Tatler. She splits her time between London and her hometown Hong Kong, where she currently lives with the love of her life - an elderly dog named Poppy - and her husband.