'Game of Thrones' final season sounds like a bloodbath


Francessca detailed how emotional the cast became during a "powerful" table read, which none of the cast had read before.

She added that everyone stood for over 15 minutes and applauded-"It was fantastic".

"It was fantastic. By the very end, everyone looked down and looked up and tears were in their eyes". Orsi said the network was put in an especially tough spot following the surprise second season renewal of "Big Little Lies", which was originally conceived at HBO as a one-and-done "limited series".

The network's drama chief, Francesca Orsi, reitorated HBO's interest in the unprecedentedly successful fantasy drama, noting that it felt like "malfeasance" to not continue the show.

As previously reported, HBO is now developing between three and five spin-offs to "Game of Thrones".

We're not sure, and Orsi certainly wasn't going to clarify. HBO programming president Casey Bloys mused. "From a budget standpoint going into season two of Big Little Lies without any options in place we've been. um. short of raped". The HBO executive have also revealed that they hope to continue the Game of Thrones magic with potential spinoffs shows. "If David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] had five shows with us, "Game of Thrones" wouldn't be "Game of Thrones", he said.

Producers and executives have been notoriously tight-lipped about Game of Thrones since the show's inception, but a particularly fiery panel discussion seems to have hinted at some major spoilers for the show's finale. "We can't obviously start with the budget of Season 8 but would it be a "Game of Thrones" season three budget?"

She also explained that she knows how many episodes will be in the final season, but could not reveal the exact number yet, as reported by ET.

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

I would guess that every single season of the spin-offs would have at least ten episodes, and now we know the budgets will be north of $50 million.