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

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

The eighth and highly-anticipated final season of Game of Thrones is due to be released in 2019 and HBO executives have promised fans it will not disappoint.

Speaking at the INTV conference in Israel Tuesday, the U.S. network's senior vice-president of drama described the moment the cast read their scripts for the show's final episode for the first time.

"None of the cast had received the scripts prior, and one by one they started to fall down to their deaths", she said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The final season of the hit series is estimated to cost at least $15 million per episode, and Orsi said that budget level puts the network in a "conundrum" for the potential spinoffs it is developing.

Orsi said HBO is planning between three and five spinoffs, but that doesn't mean each spinoff will make it into the development phase.

"From a budget stand point going into season two of "Big Little Lies" without any options in place we've been short of raped", Orsi said.

Maisie WIlliams in Season 7 of Game of Thrones
HBOSophie Turner and Maisie WIlliams in Season 7 of Game of Thrones

Pictures have also surfaced of a £1m castle set being built in Belfast, so expect this final season to be big.

What's more, Francesca spilled more tiny glimpses of the Game of Thrones spin-offs which are expected to air after the original has finished.

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Bloys said Netflix's volume demands explained the company's recent mega-deals with Ryan Murphy and Shonda Rhimes. Orsi added that the flood of new series from Netflix was "absolutely diluting" the quality of shows on offer. To hear him tell it, many creators prefer HBO's model, because they know their work is going to get more attention.

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".