Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Laurence Reese

HBO execs reveal new details about how Game of Thrones ends

HBO execs reveal new details about how Game of Thrones ends

While killing off the people of Westeros isn't exactly anything new, it sounds like the fantasy series is really going big with their last few episodes.

"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".

Speaking to RTÉ Entertainment at the IFTA Film and Drama Awards in Dublin last month, Game of Thrones star Liam Cunningham said he didn't want the end of the show to drag out, and that they need it to finish on a high "before everyone hates us".

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During a "Best of HBO" panel at the INTV conference in Israel, HBO executive Francesca Orsi teased what's in store for Game of Thrones fans in the years to come. "For instance, the network has definitely budgeted these spinoffs at and beyond the scope of the original's first few seasons - there's just too much expectation now, with Orsi noting that "$50 million [per season] would never fly for what we are trying to do.

As such, Orsi noted "it feels like corporate malfeasance to not continue it", with HBO now developing "three, four, five spin-offs". She admitted, however, that the choice to continue required major renegotiation with the show's cast, which includes that the transition from a one-season effort to a second season was a financial hurdle, requiring huge renegotiations with the cast, which includes Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman.

"That's why it spawned three, four, five spinoffs".

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"If we do take off on one of these Game of Thrones spin-offs, where do we start?"

"As a show goes on they get more expensive and as shows get more ambitious they will get more expensive", added HBO programming president Casey Bloys. "We are going big", Orsi said.

Character turnover is the show's bread and butter, but in this final season, it seems even more motivated than the Red Wedding.

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