Fans of HBO's Game of Thrones have heard quite a bit about the handful of successor series the network is developing to keep the Westerosi gravy train running after GoT concludes its run next year. Casey Bloys, the president of HBO's programming, announced Tuesday that the network was going forward with its version of the 2012 HOT series.
Speaking at the INTV Conference in Israel, HBO executives revealed the cast were left with tears in their eyes when they received their scripts. One dominant theme emerged from their comments: go big or go home. "We are extremely proud of Big Little Lies and excited for the second season".
After a disastrous pilot that almost doomed the Seven Kingdoms before it even hit screens, Game of Thrones started again to premiere on HBO back in 2010. The season seven finale set a viewership records for the network with 12.1 million total live viewers and 16.5 million overall when accounting for streaming.
"It feels like corporate malfeasance to not continue it". Bryan Cogman, who wrote "Stormborn", is behind one of them, as is Max Borenstein (Kong: Skull Island), Jane Goldman (Kingsman: The Secret Service), Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential), and Carly Wray (The Leftovers); creator George R.R. Martin is reportedly working with all of them in some capacity. HBO now has five potential spinoff ideas in development.
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"[The table read] was a really powerful moment in our lives and our careers".
Orsi said at the end of a read of the final six scripts everyone stood up and applauded for 15 to 20 minutes.
There's no denying that it's hard to wait around for the return of GoT, and we already know the premiere of season 8 won't be until 2019 for a number of reasons - Kit Harington and Rose Leslie's wedding, longer episodes to film, etc.