HBO Just Confirmed That 'All The Fans Favourite Characters Will Die'

Casey BloysHBO Executive Session Q&A TCA Summer Press Tour Los Angeles USA- 26 Jul 2017

Casey BloysHBO Executive Session Q&A TCA Summer Press Tour Los Angeles USA- 26 Jul 2017

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.

It's interesting to note that the cast members went into the table read blind, but it's definitely a move to keep what happens in the final episodes secret.

Orsi said HBO was confident the scripts for season 2 of Big Little Lies "are as good, if not better, than last season" and that the network would not have ordered another season if they hadn't been sure that "we have to more to do and say and there's passion on the part of the cast".

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.

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"None of the cast had received the scripts prior, and one by one they started to fall down to their deaths", Orsi recounted. 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.

An HBO executive says she regrets her choice of words when discussing the renewal of Big Little Lies. "If that were today, the [Song of Ice and Fire] books would probably come in packaged with a director and we'd be held ransom for a full season order or probably two seasons, and the problem with that is to get it right we really did have to go through the development process".

Bloys said Netflix's volume demands explained the company's recent mega-deals with Ryan Murphy and Shonda Rhimes. Amazon is not paying for the travel, which is somewhat of a disgrace and Amazon needs to know that. And other producers, like Luca Guadagnino and Michael Haneke, "don't want to get lost at Netflix".

When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die.

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