HBO Execs Tease Multiple Deaths in 'Game of Thrones' Final Season
No one in Westeros is going to be safe in Game of Thrones' final season, according to multiple HBO execs.
At the INTV Conference in Israel, Francesca Orsi, HBO SVP of drama, spoke about being present at the table read for the last few episodes of Season 8. "It was a really powerful moment in our lives and our careers...None of the cast had received the scripts prior, and one by one they started falling down to their deaths."
She added that everyone stood for over 15 minutes and applauded—"It was amazing. Everyone looked down and looked up and tears were in their eyes."
However, fans will have to wait until 2019 for the episodes to air.
Other topics discussed were the multiple GoT spinoffs sprouting from the uber-popular series. "It feels like corporate malfeasance to not continue it," added Orsi. "That’s why it spawned three, four, five spinoffs."
And the budgets for those spinoffs are going to be big, but not quite undead-Polar Bear big.
"There is a conundrum. If we do take off on one of these Game of Thrones spinoffs, where do we start? We can’t obviously start with the budget of Season 8, but would it be a Game of Thrones Season 3 budget?" HBO programming president Casey Bloys mused.
"As a show goes on, they get more expensive, and as shows get more ambitious they will get more expensive. More money doesn’t always equal better, but in some cases the scope of ideas do require it," he added.