‘GoT’ star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau offers solution to HBO leaks
HBO’s cybersecurity woes continue to flood headlines, particularly with leaked episodes and spoiled scripts of its biggest show, “Game of Thrones” (GoT).
Although the epic fantasy saga continues to blossom despite the breach, the persistent hacking offers a grim future of the show’s final season, scheduled to air sometime next year.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime Lannister in the show, recalled how the cast went to extreme lengths to avoid possible leaks, which of course didn’t go as planned.
“The irony, of course, is last year was crazy,” Coster-Waldau said on Entertainment Weekly’s radio show, Sirius XM. “We had to set up all these email accounts. They had to be triple and quadruple [checked]. All this stuff, right? And, of course, now they have this big hack!”
The 47-year-old Danish actor recounted how the series of unfortunate events first placed out.
“And then we get a call [saying] ‘They have all your information. And we’re not sure what’s going to happen,’” he said. “What do you mean you don’t know what’s going to happen? ‘Well, we don’t know what’s going to happen but they have everything.’ Okay, great.”
Although the situation is completely out of his hand, Coster-Waldau has a simple solution to prevent such scenarios when they begin filming for the last season.
“I think they’re basically going to go back to hand-delivering and just giving us scripts,” said the star.
“Just give us the hard copies instead of all this email and digital stuff. I think that’s what’s going to happen in a few years’ time, because you know, you talk to cops on the street, ‘What’s the biggest crime now?’ It’s all credit card fraud. It’s all that stuff. It’s digital. So we got to go back to cash.”
Although there’s still some danger with his proposal, having handheld copies without digital backups could indeed put an end to the unwarranted cyberattacks on the studio. Khristian Ibarrola /ra
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