'Game of Thrones' final season sounds like a bloodbath

  • 'Game of Thrones' final season sounds like a bloodbath

'Game of Thrones' final season sounds like a bloodbath

HBO drama chief Francesca Orsi used some questionable terminology to describe the network's budget issues caused by the upcoming season of Big Little Lies and planned Game of Thrones spin-offs during a recent INTV panel in Jerusalem. Orsi said the network was put in an especially tough spot following the surprise second season renewal of "Big Little Lies", which was originally conceived at HBO as a one-and-done "limited series". When we were in Belfast in October, Casey said, "It feels like corporate malfeasance" to not continue it, which is why it's spawned three, four, five "Game of Thrones' spin offs".

"$50 million (per season) would never fly for what we are trying to do", Orsi said, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

While the series will end with a six-episode season, HBO hopes to continue the magic with multiple spinoffs now in development.

Orsi also touched upon the Game of Thrones spin-offs (or "successor shows") which many fans hope will fill the Westeros-sized hole in their lives once the main series wraps up in 2019.

"From a budget standpoint going into season two of Big Little Lies without any options in place we've been... um... short of raped", she said.

"It was unbelievable", she said. Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, for instance, are reportedly making $1 million an episode in Season 2. Orsi added that the deluge of series from streaming services is "absolutely diluting" quality of shows by ordering in volume.

Bloys said Netflix's volume demands explained the company's recent mega-deals with Ryan Murphy and Shonda Rhimes. To hear him tell it, many creators prefer HBO's model, because they know their work is going to get more attention. And other producers, like Luca Guadagnino and Michael Haneke, "don't want to get lost at Netflix". "That's a very valuable talent".

But new details have surfaced about the Game of Thrones finale.