HBO programming president teases season 8, Game of Thrones prequel


HBO stepped out the opposite day on the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, and the upcoming Game of Thrones sequence finale was on everybody’s thoughts. “I think any time you end a show this important and this big, a lot of people project onto a finale what they want it to be, what fans think it should be, hope it will be,” mentioned HBO programming president Casey Bloys. “The only thing I will say as a fan of the show is that I think [showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss] have done a brilliant job of ending the show in a dramatically satisfying and emotionally satisfying way. I do believe that fans are going to be really really happy with how it all wraps up.”

As with all issues Game of Thrones, there’s quite a lot of hypothesis. All I can let you know as a part of this season, is it’s all spectacular.

This most likely isn’t something that’s going to get the Game of Thrones nation on its ft — it’s nothing we haven’t heard earlier than, and naturally the highest community exec goes to talk effectively of his headlining occasion for the yr — however we’re on the hype practice now, and it wants gasoline. Plus, Bloys is among the few folks to have seen the ultimate six episodes, albeit with out all of the particular results, so in case you’re gonna take somebody’s phrase, take his.

More fascinating to me had been Bloys’ feedback about HBO’s plans for after Thrones is over. Most relevantly, the community has a Game of Thrones prequel sequence from screenwriter Jane Goldman in energetic improvement. “All I’m telling you now is that we are shooting the pilot in early summer, so I would not even hazard a guess as to when it would end up on air,” Bloys mentioned.

He additionally confirmed that the nonetheless untitled present would movie a minimum of partially in Northern Ireland like Game of Thrones earlier than it, however we should always count on to see some new places, too. “[Pilot director S.J. Clarkson] just came on at the top of the New Year so they are going through locations and they are working that out,” he mentioned. “They’re will be some based in Belfast but beyond that, they are still scouting.”

Goldman’s prequel is about in the course of the Age of Heroes, hundreds of years earlier than the occasions of Game of Thrones. Bloys confused that there could be completely no crossover with GoT correct, however didn’t rule out the opportunity of extra reveals set in George R.R. Martin’s world down the road:

I don’t need to construct a programming lineup that’s depending on the following Game of Thrones franchise coming. That mentioned, it’s an extremely wealthy world that George has created. So, I believe we’d be loopy to not take a shot, but it surely’s not going to be the only focus of our programming efforts. We’re going to proceed that franchise provided that it’s good.

Hear, hear. In an trade susceptible to bandwagoning (each studio appears to have an “expanded universe” saga today), it’s good to see a community discover its choices with out going loopy…though we’ll see if something altering when Game of Thrones is gone and HBO is lacking all these eyeballs.

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For now, Bloys isn’t apprehensive. Thanks to a current inflow of money from new proprietor AT&T, the community has the wherewithal to broaden, however in line with Bloys, it’s conserving a degree head. “When AT&T gave us the cash to take a position it was not with the caveat that it was all Game of Thrones,” he defined. “It was for more programming, more of what we do.”

I believe 2019 is a fairly good instance of that. It is probably the most programming that we’ve ever performed, none of it’s programming that we might not have performed two years in the past or 5 years in the past. It’s all high-quality, very well performed programming. So the cash was not contingent on right here’s more cash however make all of it Game of Thrones on a regular basis. I don’t suppose that may be sensible for us. I don’t suppose followers of the Game of Thrones franchise would need that.

I do know I wouldn’t need that. I would like extra Game of Thrones, after all, however I’d desire HBO concentrate on making one follow-up sequence pretty much as good as it may be relatively than spreading itself skinny over a bunch of sequence. And within the meantime, HBO has quite a lot of cool style choices on the way in which, together with a present primarily based on Alan Moore’s Watchmen, Jordan Peele’s Lovecraft Country, a Deadwood film, and extra. 2019 is trying like a terrific yr for TV.

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