HBO Exec Teases ‘Game Of Thrones’ Character Deaths In Final Season, Scoop On Spinoffs: ‘We’re Going Big’

An HBO executive appeared at a conference in Israel and dropped some intriguing clues about the upcoming farewell season of “Game of Thrones”, along with the cable channel’s plans to produce multiple “GoT” spinoffs.

Speaking at a panel titled “The Best of HBO” at the INTV conference in Israel on Tuesday, reports Variety, Francesca Orsi, HBO’s senior vice-president of drama, recalled watching the “GoT” cast gather together for a table read of the series’ final six episodes.

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“It was a really powerful moment in our lives and our careers,” she revealed. “None of the cast had received the scripts prior, and one by one they started to fall down to their deaths. By the end, the last few words on the final script, the tears just started falling down. Then there was applause that lasted 15 minutes.”

While that revelation sinks in — we shouldn’t expect too many of our favourite characters to survive the show’s swan-song season — Orsi also discussed the “Game of Thrones” spinoffs that are in the works, explaining that HBO is planning to throw a lot of money at the projects. In fact, she pointed out the spinoffs will have “GoT”-sized budgets — even bigger budgets than those of the show’s first few seasons.

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“Fifty million dollars (per season) would never fly for what we are trying to do. We are going big,” Orsi said, adding that the idea to produce spinoffs of HBO’s most successful show ever was kind of a no-brainer.

“It feels like corporate malfeasance to not continue it,” declared Orsi of “Game of Thrones”. “That’s why it spawned three, four, five spinoffs… We’re going big.”

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