Game of Thrones fans are probably the most ravenous when it comes to spoilers. Apparently, the hit HBO series' showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss do not want the show's fans to be in such a state.
In a new interview with EW, the two share their thoughts on why they are against fans reading Game of Thrones spoilers.
Any sane person would admit that knowing this stuff in advance lessens the experience of watching it, and yet people are really hungry to find out things that that will make something they presumably like worse for them.
So I don't totally get it.
Meanwhile, Benioff said:
It's crazy enough to be the person crawling through the bushes in Northern Ireland with a telescopic lens taking pictures – there are crazy people out there.
But the idea that people want to go to sites and find out those spoilers … it's like if there was a website called Last Pages of Great Books, would you read that?
Weiss jokingly added:
I'm going to start that website!" Weiss says. "By the logic of the Internet that would be popular – ‘Don't read Anna Karenina, here's the page where she jumps in front of the train.'
Obviously, Benioff and Weiss thinks in such a way. It's apparent with them tightening production secrecy even more with season 6, especially with the death of fan-favorite character, Jon Snow, in the last season's finale.
According to the site, to keep the storyline of the highly anticipated season under wraps all the time, the following security measures were implemented:
> The idea of paper scripts were completely obliterated. All scripts were distributed electronically.
> The "circle of trust" became ever more present with the show's cast and network executives.
> Everybody used code names.
> On the set, security was also increased to so that fans couldn't take photos.
Benioff explained the tight security, saying:
It's like protecting your house. You make it as hard as possible for burglars in hopes they look for some other house to burgle, but it's impossible to ever completely secure your house.
With that, I can't comprehend why Alfie Allen told this extremely detailed scene of Theon and Sansa in an interview. Makes me think that the future of Theon in the show might be in danger.
Indeed, it's hard to completely prevent spoilers from leaking, especially since most fans don't really mind reading them. And even if no spoilers ever actually come out, fans have taken to creating theories about the characters that are completely plausible.
While Benioff and Weiss do not agree with fans liking spoilers, they have to admit the spoilers keep up the hype. I am among those fans who are pro-spoilers, mainly because I want to be assured that Jon Snow is still alive.
What about you? Do you like spoilers?
Game of Thrones season 6 premieres on HBO on April 24.