Game of Thrones fans and cast members were outraged and frustrated last year when the plot for the current seventh season were leaked eight months before the show returned to screens.
But now bosses of the hit HBO/Sky Atlantic show are upping their security to ensure no details of the final series – currently being written and due to air next year – make it out early.
In particular, the final ever episode is being given top protection over fears details of what happens to all the characters at the end of the story will be leaked.
Co-creator of the show David Benioff has explained that he and fellow creator D.B. Weiss have completed their script of the last ever episode.
And the boys are taking all steps to protect the script – with the edit being kept under lock and key and access to it being limited.
However David, 46, fears hackers could still spoil the end for everyone.
“Look at how difficult it is to protect any information in this age. The CIA can’t do it. The NSA can’t do it. So what chance to we have?” he said – according to The Daily Star.
Show star Kit Harrington – who plays Jon Snow – has slammed crew and cast from the show for leaking details in the past.
“You just have to deal with these, frankly, a***holes who want to spoil it for people,” he growled.
“There’s only so much you can do. The slightest detail, true or otherwise, sends fans ballistic on the internet,” he added.
Game of Thrones is based on the Song of Ice and Fire book series by George R R Martin.
While George has only penned five of his planned seven books in the series, the show has romped ahead of the published storyline – making details of what happens to all the characters beyond the books irresistible to fans of the series.[“Source-mirror”]