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Watch: Game of Thrones cast 'will not be given scripts' for eighth season

Game of Thrones actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau has revealed the cast will not get scripts for the eighth season of the show, due to the HBO hack and leaks that have plagued the popular television show.

The Danish actor, who plays Jaime Lannister in the fantasy series, was speaking on Scandinavian talk show Skavlan when asked about attempts to keep the upcoming plot points off the internet.

"It's very secret now," he said. "I don't know if you heard but there was a big hack.

"The first season we got the scripts like you should get them and then you could sit and do notes and stuff.

"And then after a couple of years they got paranoid because there was some leaks so we had to get them only digital, on a PDF file.

"And then that got a little worse so they had to do these verified emails. You had to go through all these things to get your script and it was watermarked all kinds of ways, so if you lost it you would be sent to prison," he joked.

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"And then the hack happened, so now we're not even going to get the script. Now we are going to do a scene, we will be told what's going to happen and then we roll.

"We're all going to have earpieces for the scene and then someone's going to tell you the line and then your going to do the line."

During the show's broadcast of series seven scripts were released after a hacker breached HBO’s computer network and, in a separate incident, an episode was published online before its air date.

“There were always going to be people who want to find out more but I think it’s just a tiny, tiny fraction of the people who love the show,” Coster-Waldau previously told the Press Association.

“Why would you want to spoil it for yourself?"

Production on the eighth and final series of Game of Thrones is expected to begin within the next few months.

The HBO series is filmed in Northern Ireland, Iceland and Croatia.

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