This week, HBO's President of Programming Casey Bloys spoke to The Hollywood Reporter at the Television Critics Association in Pasedena, and he confirmed they are still developing the five potential prequel spin-off ideas we told you about in May.
Asked if season 8 provides a conclusive end and whether we will see a definitive ruler on the Iron Throne, Bloys replied: "I don't even want to answer that!"
Game of Thrones has reached a status where it can do pretty much anything and its millions of fans will lose their collective minds. Just like with season eight, we're willing to wait, but we don't like it. The final season is going to be as spectacular as possible. Probably. Beyond the brass-tacks concerns of production schedules, Bloys also said that it's important to ensure the looming prospect of spinoffs doesn't lessen Game of Thrones season 8 as a proper ending. The one thing I will tell you, which we talked about before, any sort of pilot-to-series [order], there's not going to be anything on our air for a least a year after Game of Thrones airs.
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The duo wanted as much time as they could to make the strongest - and most epic - episodes that they possibly could. "That would diminish the achievement of how big and meaningful the show is". "We ave some really talented writers working on them". "I want the final season of Game of Thrones to be the final season of Game Of Thrones, I don't want to use it to launch something else, I want it to stand as the finale of the greatest tv show of all time, I don't want to do anything that infringes on that". "It's quite a sudden shift, I guess, but it feels like the right time".