Iain Glen: Game of Thrones showrunners ‘absolutely paranoid’ about spoilers

Iain Glen told Variety that the showrunners are very worried about Season 8 spoilers.

It might go without saying — and in fact it may have been said already — but Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont) put it out there nonetheless: the producers of Game of Thrones are really, really worried about Season 8 spoilers getting out.

Variety first reported on a BBC radio interview today in which Glen talks about the lengths the show went to in order to keep the possibility of spoilers to a minimum, which included shooting fake scenes and forbidding hard copies of the script.

“They’re absolutely paranoid now about anyone finding out anything about the series and spoiling it,” he said. “We weren’t allowed a written word on a page. 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.”

The extra security couldn’t have been too much of a problem, as the cast did sit down and read “the entire arc of the story from beginning to end right through over the course of a day,” Glen said, noting that it was the first season the cast had ever done a full read-through in such a short amount of time.

It was, as you might imagine, an emotional experience.

“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,” he said. “Kit [Harington], if he wasn’t lying, had not read it, so he was reading it on that day for the first time.”

Like other cast members who have been giving interviews over the last 18 months, Glen (to HBO’s great relief) was tight-lipped about details of Season 8, except to say that fans won’t be disappointed because “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.”


  1. Hodor!

    I almost cried just reading this. How am I ever going to cope with it actually ending???

  2. I saw this on the news here in the UK yesterday but to be honest he’s not really saying much we don’t already know. Full credit to the show runners though to get through production almost to the point a trailer is going to be released with no known spoilers given the immense spotlight on the show is a massive achievement.

    I’d imagine we are pretty clean now through to the final few weeks when the various networks and media around the world receive episode copies in advance to review.

  3. I know they won’t read this, but …
    Dear David and Dan:
    I read the spoilers last year! I spoiled no one. I didn’t even tell anyone that I’d read them. I know that some of my friends read the spoilers, and spoiled no one. And guess what?? We watched it every Sunday anyway. I watched and read every spoiler and it did not dampen my enthusiasm. Some people enjoy spoilers, others don’t, and rarely do the former spoil the latter, and it DOES NOT AFFECT VIEWERSHIP! I hope you haven’t wasted good budget on avoiding spoilers. Don’t be so worried.

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