'Game of Thrones' Spin-Offs Will Be Big-Budget Out of the Gate

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

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An HBO executive is apologizing after making comments that the salary demands of the "Big Little Lies" cast "raped" the network. This shocking news was delivered without warning by HBO Senior Vice President of Drama Francesca Orsi at the INTV Conference in Jerusalem. "From a budget standpoint going into season two of Big Little Lies without any options in place we've been. um. short of raped".

Of course, in what position the decimation of the HBO budget will leave other shows remains to be seen. Still, the question remains just what exactly the cash-strapped network will do with potential spin-offs after the original series ends.

Bran (played by Isaac Hempstead Wright) has had betting suspended on him taking the Iron Thrones.

Orsi also promised that the final season of GoT will not disappoint. She admitted, however, that the choice to continue required major renegotiation with the show's cast, which includes that the transition from a one-season effort to a second season was a financial hurdle, requiring huge renegotiations with the cast, which includes Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman. "More money doesn't always equal better but in some cases the scope of ideas do require it". HBO now has five potential spinoff ideas in development.

But while the end of Game of Thrones brought tears to the eyes of its stars, HBO executives are upbeat about their plans for multiple prequel shows (or "successor shows", as the network calls them).

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

Orsi, however, did admit that HBO is facing a budget conundrum.

Orsi added that sometimes the Israeli series are "so good that we don't even want to adapt". "And as me Da used to say, 'Jesus, it's a bit dragged out isn't it?', so we don't want to drag it out".

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