Those involved in the production of the eighth and final season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” went to great lengths to keep as much as they could secret.
In fact, their measures went beyond fake names, limited scripts and fake filming. Speaking with Vulture at New York Comic-Con the other week, actress Sophie Turner revealed that the production employed a device usually reserved for governments and security forces – ‘drone killers’.
Drones have become a serious issue for major film productions as paparazzi and amateurs try to sneak a peek at filming. Drone killers are a device that emits a signal that jams the radio frequencies of commercial drones – disabling that drone’s control and forcing it back to Earth. People are less inclined to sneak a peek when their expensive toy suddenly falls and smashes to pieces:
“If a drone flies above sets, there’s a thing that can kill the drones, which is really cool. I don’t know how it does it. It creates like this field around and the drones just drop. It’s very X-Men.
Also, we shoot fake scenes. We got into costume in Croatia because we know the paparazzi lurk around there, so we would spend like half a day doing nothing.”
Turner also reveals that she and Maisie Williams, her onscreen sister, often have sleepovers every night when they’re shooting and would “sit there and eat and watch stupid videos and smoke weed”. The final season of ‘Thrones’ is expected to debut mid-2019.