Emilia Clarke reveals the huge lengths HBO is going to to keep the ending of 'Game of Thrones' a secret
It feels like it has been a long time since the last season of Game of Thrones, but 2019 is still so far away, and the wait isn't getting any easier. With all that anticipation, there are conversations going on all over the world and across the internet about what exactly could go down in the final season.
Like with any eagerly-anticipated movie or show, it's hard for the production to keep their secrets under wraps. Anything from paparazzi shots of the set to an over-sharing actor could reveal a little too much and leave them with no surprises. However, it looks like Game of Thrones is avoiding this using a unique method: filming several fake endings to throw us off the scent.
Emilia Clarke received best supporting actress in a drama series Emmy nominations in 2013, 2015 and 2016 as well as Critics’ Choice nominations in 2013 and 2016 for her portrayal of Daenerys Targaryen. During the breaks between seasons, she's appeared in Breakfast at Tiffany's on Broadway, Terminator Genisys, Me Before You and Solo: A Star Wars Story is coming out later this month.
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, on their 'Awards Chatter' podcast, actress Emilia Clarke talked about her role on the show and explained that not even the cast are privvy to all their plans. "It's kind of extraordinary to see a genre come about and be incredibly popular," she said of the hit fantasy series, before going into how emotional things got on set this year:
"It's incredibly emotional, this final season that we're in the middle of right now. I truly get really emotional just even thinking about the end of the show [because] what you're leaving behind is everything that has happened to me in my 20s - 10 years of my life was woven within the show. You know, there's so much that's happened to all of us, and you're walking away from all of that."
As it turns out, even Clarke, playing one of the most popular and important characters on the show, doesn't know everything that's going to happen. It might all be a smokescreen, but if she's telling the truth it sounds like HBO are doing all they can to avoid spoilers getting out:
"I don't know that I even do now. I'm being serious. I think they're filming a bunch of stuff and they're not telling us. I'm being serious. I'm being deadly serious. I think that they don't even trust us.
"There's lots of different endings that could happen; I think we're doing all of them and we aren't being told which is actually what's going to happen."
So, if you hear about some potential ending for the show - it might just be a fake one. While this seems like a lot of extra work, it might actually save us all from spoilers, so I'm down for it.
In the same interview, she referred to the transformation that Daenerys has undergone as "the greatest gift I've been given as an actor" and that the show is "this incredibly frightening thing to walk away from - but at the same time, unbelievably exciting". One thing's for sure, she can relax about spoilers for good once the show is done next year.