HBO's senior vice president of drama Francesa Orsi recently recalled her experience of being at the table read of the final six episodes - including the finale, where some actors found out about their characters' ends without any warnings.
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. She mentioned that "None of the cast had received the scripts prior, and one by one they started falling down to their deaths".
The final season of Game of Thrones will premiere on HBO in 2019. "$50 million (per season) would never fly for what we are trying to do".
The Hollywood Reporter said that Orsi described a very emotional and "powerful" setting at a table read for one of the final episodes. "Then there was applause that lasted 15 minutes".
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The network has already made it clear that the spin-offs will not feature any familiar characters or be based on Martin's existing works, so unfortunately we will not be getting Robert's Rebellion or any tales of Dunk and Egg. 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.
As it stands, HBO has carved a niche for itself in the high-end drama field, with Bloys saying the network is in the "curation business", while competitors like Netflix are in the "volume business".
We're not sure, and Orsi certainly wasn't going to clarify.
"As a show goes on they get more expensive and as shows get more ambitious they will get more expensive", Bloys explained.