HBO Is Going Big With The 'Game Of Thrones' Prequels

Danny Woods
March 14, 2018

As Deadline reported earlier, speaking at the Keshet-organized conference INTV in Jerusalem, Orsi admitted that HBO had been in a tough situation after the Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman-fronted limited series drama was picked up for a second season. Since then, the world of Westeros has overtaken the fame of George R.R. Martin's books to become one of the biggest shows on network television.

Orsi attended a reading of the final six scripts with the actors in October, and described it as an emotional, tearful experience.

The final season of "Game of Thrones" will not disappoint, promise HBO executives who recounted being at the table read for the last few episodes.

There are now five Thrones prequels (HBO prefers you call them "successor shows") in development.

An HBO executive has reportedly revealed some high profile deaths will take place during the Game of Thrones finale season.

"None of the cast had received the scripts prior", Orsi said (via TV Line), "and one by one they started falling down to their deaths".

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"It was awesome. By the very end, everyone looked down and looked up and tears were in their eyes".

No expense will be spared for the "three, four, five spin-offs", created by writers including Max Borenstein, Jane Goldman, Brian Helgeland and Carly Wray, according to Orsi. Given all of the money HBO routinely makes, you know that they are still able to afford it.

But before we get to these side-quests, which will arrive at least one year after the conclusion of Game of Thrones, we need to finish up the original series.

"$50 million [per season] would never fly for what we are trying to do".

She added that everyone stood for over 15 minutes and applauded-"It was unbelievable". Orsi promised that the final season will not disappoint.

As Game of Thrones enters its final season in 2019, HBO is already looking to keep the hype going for the epic fantasy franchise with the planned spinoffs having big budgets from the word go.

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