Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Antoinette Montgomery

Yes, Game to Thrones' Final Season Will Kill Multiple Characters

Yes, Game to Thrones' Final Season Will Kill Multiple Characters

An HBO executive says she regrets her choice of words when discussing the renewal of Big Little Lies.

HBO a year ago announced that it had teamed with Max Borenstein (Kong: Skull Island), Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass), Brian Helgeland (Legend) and Carly Wray (The Leftovers) to develop separate spin-off series based on the fantasy world created by writer George R.R. Martin. But Orsi said there were tears after the final six scripts were read. Season 8 has a reported budget of around $90 million, while season 3 cost around $50 million. "We are going big", Orsi said, according to THR.

She said: "It feels like corporate malfeasance to not continue it". The move marks the first time that HBO will revisit one of its iconic shows. Orsi said. "We can't obviously start with the budget of season eight but would it be a Game of Thrones season three budget?"

She acknowledged, though, that the transition from a one-season effort to a second season was a financial hurdle, requiring huge renegotiations with the cast, given that they didn't have any options in place.

Game of Thrones alone was running with a $15 million dollar budget per episode last season, and this next season won't come cheap, with the duo alluding to the fact many characters will die. Orsi added that the deluge of series from streaming services is "absolutely diluting" quality of shows by ordering in volume.

As it stands, HBO has carved a niche for itself in the high-end drama field, with Bloys saying the network is in the "curation business", while competitors like Netflix are in the "volume business".

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".

"The reason they're getting paid so much is they're so prolific", he said.

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