Here’s another step
took to prevent final season spoilers. Game of Thrones
The HBO production employed a “drone killer” to keep snooping aerial cameras away from the set.
The news was
first mentioned by star Sophie Turner during her New York Comic Con appearance last Sunday. “If a drone flies above sets, there’s a thing that can kill the drones, which is really cool,” she said. “It creates a field around it and the drones just drop. It’s very X-Men.”
According to the , a “drone killer” is “an electronic device that can disable a drone in the sky and force it back to the ground.” It’s typically only used for “life and death situations.” The device “looks like a gun” and “can be aimed like a rifle or a shotgun at a drone in the air. The 30-degree field of its beam and its range of almost half a mile make the target hard to miss.”
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The device was first used by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to protect the 2017 Rose Parade and has since been on guard a public events in L.A.
While EW was on the
Game of Thrones set in Northern Ireland, we could see how the sprawling outdoor constructions on sets such as Winterfell castle were labeled with no-fly zone warnings — drones, helicopters and planes were not permitted over locations where GoT was filming. HBO worked together with local authorities to prevent any unauthorized photography during the show’s final season (the network has added an estimated $200 million to the economy in Belfast thanks to the hit fantasy series).
The measures seemingly worked — while distant shots of the set have leaked, surprisingly few images of active final season filming have gotten out.
It’s not clear, however, if the
GoT team ever actually used its drone killer to take down any airborne paparazzi spies.
The move is just one of many that the show used to clamp down on spoilers for season 8, including abolishing all paper scripts — including on the set. Instead, scripts were only accessible through a highly secure app.
GoT returns for its final season in 2019.
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The best seasons of 70 TV shows
Let's all agree: Every TV show has that one season that seemingly stands above the rest. Sometimes it's universally accepted among fan circles; other times, it can only be determined after several hours of heated debate (which can last longer than the actual season of TV itself). However you arrive at the conclusion, a great season of TV leaves a lasting impression — and with that in mind, the many, many TV fans at EW have rounded up the standout seasons from 70 of our favorite shows.
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The O.C., Season 1
If you love The O.C. — and you should — it's because you love the first season. From one of TV's single best pilots to a truly epic season finale, the 27-episode (!!!) first run introduced us to one of teen drama's great families: the Cohens, for whom a life of insecurity and paralyzing self-doubt is the only way. Season 1 launched the show to phenom-status while simultaneously reviving the teen soap opera genre, making "geek" chic, and stepping up television's music game along the way. Highlights include a life-or-death trip to Tijuana, the introduction of Chrismukkah, and THE NANA. —Samantha Highfill
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The Office, Season 2
The Office was probably the only show to ever make you think working in an office could actually be kind of fun, and no season of the NBC sitcom did that better than the second, when it properly diverged from its BBC source material. The sophomore season brought us delights such as Office Olympics, a little ditty known as “Ryan Started the Fire,” and, of course, Jim and Pam’s first (and second!) kiss — and with it, the hope that they were finally getting together. Spoiler: they weren’t (yet), but from season 2 onward, we knew eventually it was going to be JAM forever. —Ruth Kinane
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Dexter, Season 4
Each season of Showtime’s dark-passenger serial-killer saga was as good (or as bad) as Michael C. Hall’s nemesis. And none could compete with the chilling, ice-in-the-veins evil of John Lithgow’s domesticated monster, the Trinity Killer. It didn’t hurt that this was also the season in which Keith Carradine joined the cast as Special Agent Lundy and our antihero took (reluctant) baby steps into family life with Rita and his newborn son, giving him something to lose. Like a twelve-episode cat-and-mouse game, the season culminated with a truly shocking sting-in-the-tail finale featuring a corpse in a bathtub and a toddler crying in a pool of blood — his fate eerily mirroring his father’s own baptism into evil once upon a time. —Chris Nashawaty
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Survivor, Season 16 (Micronesia — Fans vs. Favorites)
This is the Survivor season that has it all: a gorgeous location (Palau), a perfect balance of newbies and returning favorites (such as single-name legends Parvati, Ozzy, and Cirie), epic blindsides, the biggest blunder of all time (Erik giving away his immunity and promptly being voted out), and an inadvertent two-man comedy team (Chet and Joel). That’s why season 16 of the reality giant is number 1 in our hearts. —Dalton Ross
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Sherlock, Season 2
In retrospect, Season 2 of Sherlock occupied a narrow golden age in which the show had just begun to grow in international popularity but had yet to reach the state of global cultural mania that sent it off the deep end. It’s no coincidence that this is also the season in which we get the most of Andrew Scott’s Moriarty. With his dance moves, Vivienne Westwood, and “Staying Alive” ringtone, the whimsical villain was the Joker to Sherlock’s Batman, and the source of the most fun the show ever produced. Sure, “The Hounds of Baskerville” was a weak link, but every season had one stinker, and it barely dents the glorious frenzy of “The Reichenbach Fall” final act. —Dana Schwartz
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Breaking Bad, Season 4
The season opens with Gus coldly slitting the neck of one of his henchman with a box cutter and closes with Gus being blown up by a bomb planted by Walt on the wheelchair of an old nemesis. Indeed, the menacing, ever-darkening tension in the meth drama quite literally exploded at the end of the charged chess match between the two drug lords, and that final scene of the season, in which we learned that Walt, not Gus, had poisoned an innocent child, put a chilling exclamation point on the savagery of the far-gone man who declared, “I won.” —Dan Snierson
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The Vampire Diaries, Season 3
The first two years of The Vampire Diaries were incredibly strong, but if we're looking at season-long arcs from start to finish, there's no match for the perfect pacing of season 3. From Stefan's time on the road with Klaus to his reunion with Elena, the action never dragged, constantly pushing its characters to new, often very dark places. By anchoring all of its action with the love triangle — which Salvatore will Elena choose?! — the series was able to deliver some of its best twists, from the arrival of Esther to Alaric's death (and subsequent revival). And with the incredibly charismatic Original family as its central villain, season 3 delivered two of the series' strongest hours: "The Reckoning" and "The Departed," a finale that would bring Elena's story full-circle in one of the show's most powerful moments. —Samantha Highfill
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Mad Men, Season 4
Mad Men’s fourth season doesn’t waste any time cutting to the question at the heart of the series. “Who is Don Draper?” a journalist asks at the top of the season premiere, and the man formerly known as Dick Whitman deftly excuses himself from giving a real answer. The 13 episodes that follow search for the truth of the subject, however, as the recently-divorced Don burns his life to the ground with booze and prostitutes and then hesitantly, hopefully, begins to rise from the ashes. It certainly helps that the middle season’s middle episode, “The Suitcase,” is one of the series’ all-time greatest hours as well as a critical narrative turning point, taking Don out of his downward spiral — and toward an impulsive engagement to Megan. “I hope she knows you only like the beginnings of things,” a hurt Faye Miller tells him in the finale after hearing about his new fiancée. That may be true of Don Draper, but after four seasons, we’ve never loved Mad Men more. —Mary Sollosi
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Friday Night Lights, Season 4
Let's get this out of the way: Season 1 of Friday Night Lights is GREAT. It's when the Panthers are at the top of their game. It has "Mud Bowl." It has Bo. BUT, if you can look past the shiny exterior of the season that made you fall in love with the show, you'll notice that season 4 is FNL at its best. After seasons spent watching Coach Taylor (Kyle Chandler) teach boys how to be men, we watch as he has to practice what he's preached when he finds himself having to pull himself up and create greatness out of nothing at East Dillon. There is no moment more heartbreaking than Coach forfeiting the team's first game of the season, and no moment more rewarding than watching East Dillon beat West Dillon in the end. From start to finish, this season had the most seamless arc, which also happened to be its most meaningful — because it represented everything the show was about, everything it had preached for years. Also, it gave us "The Son" and Michael B. Jordan. —Samantha Highfill
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How I Met Your Mother, Season 3
The CBS sitcom was one of the first to return from hiatus after the 2008 writers strike — a stretch that co-creator Carter Bays remembers as "very fertile." He’s absolutley right. It includes a terrific guest turn by Britney Spears, a little ditty called “ Sandcastles in the Sand” co-starring James Van Der Beek, and a memorable episode in which Ted tries to woo Stella (guest star Sarah Chalke) in record time. "The day of shooting [the "Two-Minute Date"] really felt like orchestrating the moon landing,” Bays told EW in 2013. "It was fun seeing everybody working against a clock. And the final product was this sweet romantic moment that says everything we want to say with a show. If you pick two minutes that tells what the show is about, I'd select those two minutes." —Henry Goldblatt
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Game of Thrones, Seasons 4 and 6
Season 4 Largely drawing from the back half of George R. R. Martin's third Westeros novel, the fourth season of HBO's fantasy hit marks a magic crossover high point for source material and adaptation. In book form, it was the high point for Martin's skills as a thrilling twistmaster, with a fatal wedding, a snowy showdown, and a literally mind-crushing trial-by-combat. And in TV form, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss perfected their panoramic adaptation strategy. Big hashtaggy moments like the Purple Wedding and the Trial of Tyrion run alongside fascinating digressions — you could make a whole show out of Arya and the Hound's Cormac McCarthy-ish road trip through the ruined continent. And with Pedro Pascal's Oberyn Martell, the show coughed up its last truly memorable new character. —Darren Franich
Season 6 A contrarian view: While season 4 is a terrific run of episodes and brutal twists of fate, GoT delivered its greatest emotional highs in season 6 and combined them with unprecedented production values and the younger cast members coming into their own to give their strongest performances. Coming out of the darkness of season 5 — which saw fan favorites at their lowest points — this Emmy record-setting season powerfully staged the resurrection of Jon Snow, his tear-jerking reunion with Sansa, Daenerys’ fiery seizure of a Dothraki army, the devastating and revelatory fate of Hodor, and Sansa’s bitter triumph over Ramsay. The year was capped by the two finest episodes of GoT — or arguably of any TV show this century: The jaw-dropping “Battle of the Bastards” and the operatic, Sept-nuking “The Winds of Winter,” both gracefully combining nuanced intimate drama and epic conflict. —James Hibberd
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