Okay…let’s talk about the “leaked pages” from Game of Thrones season 8


During the lead-up to Game of Thrones season 7, there seemed to be new plot leaks every other day. And we don’t just mean on-set pictures; fans knew pretty much every detail of the story beforehand, and while no one could say for certain whether the leaks were accurate until the new episodes aired, by the end of “The Dragon and the Wolf,” it was clear that many of them had been genuine.

Thus far, nothing on that scale has leaked about season 8, perhaps thanks to HBO’s new security measures. That said, there have been plot outlines and such floating around out there. We haven’t reported on any of them as of yet because many contradict each other, and just didn’t seem worth people’s time. But recently, some new leaks appeared online, and while there’s no guarantee they’re genuine, they at least give the appearance of being legitimate.

At a minimum, they’re worth talking about. So let’s talk about them. Also, obviously: SPOILER WARNING. Please don’t read past this point if you don’t want to know what’s coming.

The leaks come in the form of several script pages. We’re not going to post the pages themselves, but you can see them here. There are four pages in all, each of which has an episode label (one page from Episode 3, two from Episode 5, and one from Episode 6) and dialogue. There’s also a thick diagonal line running from the lower left-hand corner of each page to the upper right-hand corner.

I mention these details because the pages look very similar to ones that leaked ahead of season 7. There were six pages in that case, and give or take some dialogue alternations, all of them ended up onscreen. That’s why this latest leak seems more realistic, although it’s possible someone aped the style of those earlier pages so they’d appear authentic.

So what do these pages say? Let’s summarize. This is your last chance to leave unspoiled.

Before we start, let me reiterate that there’s no guarantee these are real. But you can judge for yourself:

Episode 803

  • Tyrion, Arya, Sansa, Brienne, Podrick and the Hound are all in a wagon, racing through a camp being overrun by wights. The Hound is driving. At the end of the page, they’re boarded by a Dothraki wight. Or the wagon might crash first. It’s unclear.

Episode 805, Pages 1 and 2

  • Jaime and Cersei are arguing in the Red Keep throne room. The Mountain is there. Cersei is raking Jaime over the coals for abandoning her “in a time of need” and “consort[ing] with the enemy.” By the sound of it, Cersei has Jon Snow in prison, and Jaime is trying to convince her that fighting the White Walkers is more important than battling Jon and Daenerys.
  • It sounds like the city is getting besieged by someone, very likely the White Walkers. To stop them, Cersei is about to do the unthinkable. It’s not said outright, but the implication is that she’s going to blow up the city with wildfire rather than let it fall. Jaime is not pleased.
  • Meanwhile, Brienne and the Hound ride through the streets of the city on their way to the Red Keep. Everywhere there is chaos, with smallfolk running mad.

Episode 806

  • It sounds like the White Walker threat has been resolved, one way or another, and that Daenerys (or some other “queen”) is in power. Tyrion and Bronn are riding along in the countryside, with Bronn lamenting that he’ll likely never get that castle he was promised now that Jaime has “gotten himself killed.” Tyrion disabuses him of this notion, and presents him with the Twins. I guess the Freys won’t be needing it. Tyrion also mentions that, sometime in the past five episodes, Bronn “single-handedly took out the Golden Company generals.”

What do you guys think of these spoilers? Are they real? Fake? Good? Bad? We won’t know for sure until 2019, but we can sure discuss it in the meantime.

Please keep comments respectful.

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