The much-anticipated eighth and final season of HBO’s Game of Thrones airs in 2019, and we’re excited about it. In particular, everyone wants to know how it’ll all wrap up.
Actress Maisie Williams, who plays Arya, apparently knows how it’ll all go down. She appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live this week where she claimed to have read the script for the final episode. Kimmel jumped in to say that he’s heard that to protect the secret, HBO is shooting multiple endings so that even the cast is unaware of how it ends. However, Williams sounded confident that she knows what will happen in the very last episode. And she added that she doesn’t believe HBO has the budge to shoot so many different endings.
“I do–I know the end of Game of Thrones,” Williams said, recalling that she read the script while in bed. “It’s just surreal, to be honest; being with this show for so long and then also it having the following that it does. It’s just–everyone is waiting for this moment, and then you read it, and it’s just incredible.”
Williams went on to suggest, with facial expressions, that the ending might on paper sound underwhelming, but when you see it, you’ll understand why it’s so moving. She added that her mom knows the ending, too, because she sent the scripts to her. She broke a rule in doing so, apparently, as she noted that she was told: “Don’t give [the scripts] to anyone.”
Indeed, HBO’s security for Game of Thrones is reportedly substantial, making use of things like scripts written in code and even keeping watch for drones on outdoor sets. And regarding the multiple endings, HBO president Casey Bloys sounded pretty confident that multiple endings would be shot, though of course plans can change. “I know in Game of Thrones the ending, they’re going to shoot multiple versions so that nobody really know what happens,” Bloys said back in September.
Also in the interview, Williams said she still has a lot of shooting left to do on the final season. “A lot, endless amounts,” she said about what’s left of her shooting schedule. “It’s a mammoth task this year. It’s huge.”
Kimmel smartly jumped in to ask if this means her character, Arya, will survive. Williams deftly danced around the question, saying, “No, not necessarily, because some of the episodes take a really long time to shoot.”
Indeed, every episode in Season 8 is reportedly as long as a movie, so lengthy shoots are to be expected.
There will be six episodes in the final Game of Thrones season. We don’t know their titles yet, but HBO has announced who will be directing them. The Game of Thrones franchise is expected to continue after the main show wraps up through a prequel spinoff.
In other news, Game of Thrones TV show creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff are working on a new series of Star Wars movies for Disney.