Game of Thrones is coming to a close, with filming for the eighth and final season already wrapped. Of course, fans are desperate for some spoilers, but the stars are keeping their cards close to their chests.
In the past, they've been super secretive as well, even lying to fans to throw us off the scent. Here are eight times they trolled us to avoid spoilers.
1. Lena Headey ‘Spoils’ Oberyn Martell’s Death
During Season 4 when Game of Thrones' fame was peaking, the actress who plays Cersei Lannister posted a picture on Instagram with Pedro Pascal, who plays Oberyn Martell. In the photo, Lena Headey has her thumbs in his eyes as he screams.
Those who read the books knew she was referring to the way Oberyn would die. But for everyone else, she was spoiling the ending of Oberyn’s trial-by-combat with The Mountain. In a way, the photo was actually pretty symbolic, since Cersei was indirectly the one who killed Oberyn, as he was standing in place of Tyrion, while The Mountain fought in place of Cersei.
In this instance, Lena was trolling fans, but ultimately did reveal a spoiler we weren't aware of yet.
2. Lena Heady Pulls a Fake Spoiler
After her Oberyn spoiler was eaten alive by fans, she decided to toss them something else; something fake.
In the books, Catelyn Stark was resurrected after the Red Wedding, to get revenge on the Freys as Lady Stoneheart. She didn’t appear in the third season, but many were excited to see her in the fourth. Lena then posted a photo of rocks in a heart formation with the caption “my stone heart.”
Many believed she was teasing the appearance of Lady Stoneheart, but after the character never showed, she revealed she was just messing with her fans. She later wore a shirt on Jimmy Fallon that said “I’m not sorry.”
3. Kit Harington Lies About His Death
At the end of Season 5, Jon Snow was killed by a member of the Night’s Watch. Of course, fans everywhere were heartbroken, and many of us were asking if he was really dead, beginning the year of lies.
"This is my understanding of it," Kit Harington (Jon Snow) said. "I had a sit-down with Dan and David, we did the Tony Soprano walk [letting an actor know they're being whacked]. And they said, "Look, you're gone, it's done [...] I've been told I'm dead. I'm dead. I'm not coming back next season. So that's all I can tell you, really."
He was obviously lying, as Jon did come back to life in the next season.
4. HBO President and GoT Showrunners Continue the Lies
During the Television Critics Association press tour in July 2015, HBO's programming president Michael Lombardo said, “Dead is dead as dead as dead… He be dead. Yes. From everything I've seen, heard, read, Jon Snow is indeed dead."
Showrunner Dan Weiss similarly told Entertainment Weekly, “Dead is dead."
Jon Snow came back to life in the second episode of the next season, and Harington even admitted he spoiled his resurrection to a police officer in order to get out of a ticket. He knew it all along!
5. Maisie Williams Starts Fake Theory
As fans were waiting for Season 6, Maisie Williams posted a promo on Instagram of the Wall of Faces. She captioned the photo, "I see a darkness in you. And in that darkness, eyes staring back at me. Brown eyes, blue eyes, green eyes. Eyes you'll shut forever. We will meet again."
This was said to Arya by Melisandre in Season 3. Her use of the quote led many of us to believe the two would cross paths again in the upcoming season. Many fans even created elaborate theories about how they would reunite and what the quote really means. But the two still haven’t seen each other again. Thanks a lot, Maisie.
6. Shae’s Fake Cameo
At the end of the fourth season, Sibel Kekilli's character Shae was killed by Tyrion Lannister. But during the filming of Season 6, they all decided to troll fans, and she was put on set and in costume. Of course, we were all super confused. Many speculated she would appear in a vision or dream, or wasn’t really dead at all. (Just like Jon Snow).
"I was just visiting them and we realized that there were some paparazzi, and they were like, 'Sibel, will you do us favor? We'll put you in the outfit and we can prank them,'" Sibel later revealed.
7. Sophie Turner Plays Two Lies and a Truth
During an interview after Season 5, Sansa Stark actress Sophie Turner played “two truths and a lie” for Season 6 spoilers. Turns out, Sophie used this as an opportunity to troll some fans. She lied twice: "Ramsay dies, Lady Stoneheart returns, [and] Arya checks three people off her list."
Ramsay did die, but Lady Stoneheart didn’t return. And Arya only checked off Walder Frey. Sophie had fans desperately searching for the two truths, when there was only one. Who else felt dumb?
8. Maisie Williams’ Cryptic Goodbye
After filming was finished, many Game of Thrones stars posted their goodbyes on Instagram, and of course, Arya Stark had a memorable and bloody goodbye. Maisie posted a photo of bloody sneakers with the caption, “Goodbye Belfast. Goodbye Arya. Goodbye 'Game of Thrones.' What a joy I've had. Here's to the adventures to come."
She then included a series of hashtags, and most confusing were the first two: "#lastwomanstanding #barely." Does this mean Arya is really going to be the last woman standing? Or is she just trolling us again?