All things considered, it’s been quite quiet on the Game Of Thrones front over the last couple of months. Post-production of the final season is currently underway, meaning the actor’s lips are essentially sealed until the premiere and the writers and producers are all locked in a room making the whole damn thing.
However, silence is not necessarily a sign of inaction — in fact, it couldn’t be further from the case. While speaking at a recent panel, HBO Senior V.P. of Drama Francesca Orsi said that the network is planning “three, four, five spin-offs” of Game of Thrones.
Now, while there is still no word on what the spin-offs will be, we do know that none of them will be based on Robert’s Rebellion, which is a shame (HBO had previously said the prequel will not be based on Robert’s Rebellion, but who knows, they may have changed their minds since). Either way, the fact that they’re planning multiple means we’re going to have Game Of Thrones-related programming on HBO for at least the next decade.
Speaking at a panel titled “The Best of HBO” at the INTV conference in Israel Tuesday, Francesca Orsi, HBO senior VP of drama, said the network has budgeted the Game of Thrones spin-offs near the level of the original series, and above the budget GoT had in its first few seasons. “$50 million (per season) would never fly for what we are trying to do. We are going big,” Orsi said.
Given the phenomenal success of GoT, Orsi said “it feels like corporate malfeasance to not continue it,” noting the network is planning “three, four, five spin-offs” of the original series. HBO last year announced that it had teamed with Max Borenstein (Kong: Skull Island), Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass), Brian Helgeland (Legend) and Carly Wray (The Leftovers) to develop separate spinoff series based on the fantasy world created by writer George R.R. Martin. The move marks the first time that HBO will revisit one of its iconic shows.
Orsi also promised that the final season of GoT will not disappoint. A table read of the last few episodes with the show’s cast, she said, “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 to fall down to their deaths. By the end, the last few words on the final script, the tears just started falling down. Then there was applause that lasted 15 minutes.”
The eighth and final season of Game Of Thrones is expected to premiere sometime in early 2019. In the meantime, we have Westworld: