Or at least, they can’t read them as easily as they used to. In a recent interview with IGN, star Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth) revealed the lengths to which HBO is going this year to prevent story leaks. Watch below.
“I got them all,” Cunningham says, referring to the scripts. “I can’t open them because of all the security, and I can’t walk it out.”
“So you haven’t read them yet?” asks the interviewer. “I can’t open them!” Cunningham responds, clarifying how far down the rabbit hole this goes.
So basically what this implies is that the cast members aren’t able to open their digital scripts unless they’re in the studio spaces in Belfast, or if they have prior authorization. (For fear of leaks, the show hasn’t used paper scripts in a while, so that’s a non-issue.) HBO is taking things to another level this year.
This IGN interview went up yesterday, October 7. Today, the cast are getting together to read through the first three episodes of season 8. Tomorrow they’ll read through the final three. So we can assume that the cast has at least gotten a look at what they’ll be playing by now.
After that there’s a week of rehearsals and then it’s shooting time! We’ll see if all the enhanced security measures pay off.