According to Francesca Orsi, the HBO senior VP of drama, as we near the conclusion of Game of Thrones, the good folks over at HBO are keeping in mind that following the completion of the story us diehard fans will likely go into Thrones withdrawal. They have that covered though, as they are already in the planning stages for a Game of Thrones prequel. And as far as keeping the GoT world alive and adding offshoots and spinoffs, Orsi hints that there may very well be a good deal more than just one other series in the works.
While sitting in on a script reading for the final season, Orsi recall that every one of the cast members was either crying or had tears in their eyes. Many of the cast members decided not to go into the reading having looked at the script: they preferred the be genuinely surprised by the fate of their character. Which apparently hit many of them pretty damn hard. “By the very end, everyone looked down and looked up and tears were in their eyes,” Orsi says.
HBO has five scripts in contention for at least one potential prequel series. “It feels like corporate malfeasance to not continue it,” Orsi said of GoT, which has been the biggest moneymaker in the network’s history. “That’s why it spawned three, four, five spin-offs…We’re going big.”
Orsi also says there is a debate growing over what a prequel series would look like in terms of budget. In Game of Thrones opening season, the budget was relatively modest. By the eighth season however, the budget had grown to $15 million an episode. So for the prequels, you can’t do a season 1 budget (because that would look cheap now in comparison to how GoT looks today) but you wouldn’t want to start with $15 million per episode either and then have to raise the budget from there every year.
“If we do take off on one of these Game of Thrones spin-offs, where do we start?” Orsi said. “We can’t obviously start with the budget of season 8 but would it be a Game of Thrones season 3 budget?”
Questions questions. But one thing remains certain. We won’t have heard the last of the Game of Thrones universe post Season 8. And that is amazing news!
[via Entertainment Weekly]