Fans of Game of Thrones were crushed when they found out that the eighth and final season of the epic saga was going to air in 2019, or two years after its seventh season aired. Many fans have speculated that the showrunners wanted to create a mindblowing finale to an acclaimed series, and this was confirmed by Casey Bloys, chief of HBO, the network airing the show.
Bloys told Entertainment Weekly: “They take the time they need to do the show at its highest level of quality. As the show has gone on, it’s gotten bigger — big battle scenes, big special effects. These things take time. Here’s the one thing I can assure you: Dan [Weiss] and Dave [Benioff] were not sitting around on a beach waiting to go back to work. They’re perfectionists and this is the soonest it can come back at a level of quality that they are comfortable with.”
Fans need not worry about the series ending as there’s always the possibility of spinoffs happening.
As early as May of last year, HBO is developing four spin-offs to the series.
There’s no word what the shows will be about, but it will “explore different time periods of George R. R. Martin’s vast and rich universe.”
The move may be considered unusual, as the network has never created a spinoff or a follow-up of its shows. But it’s understandable when you consider the show’s success: Game of Thrones is HBO’s most-watched and longest-running series, and has received 38 Primetime Emmy Awards, the most for any TV series.
Of course, it’s also possible that not all four will be greenlit for production. HBO said, “There is no set timetable for these projects. We’ll take as much or as little time as the writers need and, as with all our development, we will evaluate what we have when the scripts are in.”
Bloys also mentioned that the approved spin-off will not be aired at least after a year the original Game of Thrones finishes.
Game of Thrones is an adaptation of Martin’s fantasy series of novels and follows different dynasties as they aim to succeed the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms.
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