Irony alert! It's kind of funny, especially going into "Game of Thrones" Season 7, that the producers of "Stranger Things" Season 2 turned to the most leaked and pirated show out there for tips on set security. So far, the Netflix team appears to have learned from the HBO show's mistakes, since very little has "leaked" out from "Stranger Things" Season 2.
"We literally consulted with the producers on 'Game of Thrones' to learn security protocols," executive producer Shawn Levy told Entertainment Weekly. "We had no security protocols last season and we have extensive security protocols this season. I can't speak about what they are because then people could crack them. We protect every story point, every page of every script." Co-creator Russ Duffy said he used to throw his sides away "and now they have to be burnt." (Yes, kill them with fire. Maybe GoT let them use some dragons for that.)
It's possible they are reacting to what happened to GoT this past year. GoT has had leaks before -- they sent out press screeners of the first four episodes of Season 5 and those were leaked, people are constantly spying on the outdoor sets and sharing photos online, etc. But this year's spoilers have gone to another level.
Months ago -- long before Season 7's premiere this coming summer -- someone leaked a full season rundown, scene by scene. Slowly but surely, most of those scenes have been confirmed by on-set images and cast interviews. That's basically a nightmare scenario for the showrunners and HBO. The worst part, as Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) noted, is that kind of leak could only come from someone on the inside, so it was an especially shocking betrayal/act of carelessness.
So "Stranger Things" has a massive example to learn from. Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven) told Entertainment Weekly they now have code names for the show and each actor. "And now I have a code name! It's this weird thing. On the call sheets our names are across it and if we lose it, we're dead."
Hopefully their security protocols work better than the ones for "Game of Thrones" (and "The Walking Dead," which also deals with major plot leaks).
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