A ‘Game Of Thrones’ Star Was Almost Fired For Revealing Something She Wasn’t Supposed To

With great popularity comes great security protocols.

Game of Thrones has gone to remarkable lengths to stave off leaks for the upcoming season. “They’ve definitely tightened up who has scripts and how we’re given them. You have to look at it digitally,” actress Nathalie Emmanuel said. “They won’t send it to us unless our emails have a two-step verification [process]. You might get given rehearsal notes on set, but you have to sign for and return them before you leave.” It’s apparently working, because few details from the season have been spoiled so far (we didn’t even know the episode titles until last week) — no wonder the Stranger Things team “literally consulted with the producers on Game of Thrones to learn security protocols.”

But although things have “definitely tightened up” now that it’s gone off-book, Thrones was always one of the most spoiler-phobic shows on TV. In fact, Gemma Whelan, who plays Yara Greyjoy, was almost fired for revealing something she wasn’t supposed to… before she was even on the show.

“The first lesson I learnt was when I first got the job. No one told me to keep quiet about it,” she said. “I just thought it was normal to pop it on my Spotlight entry, so I wrote on my CV, ‘This summer, Gemma will be playing Yara Greyjoy in Game of Thrones.’ And the internet went nuts. One of the lovely, lovely producers on Thrones called me into his office and said, ‘This is very serious. We almost can’t employ you because of this.'” Obviously, things worked out for Whelan, who was given one of the show’s most memorable introductions: being, um, “pleasured” by her brother, Theon, on a horse.

At least she didn’t write that on her CV?

(Via the Times)