We’re all freaking out about the impending end of Game of Thrones, but HBO programming president Casey Bloys doesn’t plan to rush any of the proposed spinoffs to air to fill the void.
At the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Wednesday, Bloys revealed that HBO plans to leave “at least a year” between the end of Game of Thrones and the launch of any new companion show.
“The number one priority in all of this is the final season of Game of Thrones, I dont wanna do anything with a spinoff or anything that detracts or distracts from that,” Bloys told reporters after his executive session. “So that season will happen, and my guess is it would be at least a year before you see anything else. Because what I dont want is the attention to be drawn from the final season, which I think is gonna be epic and amazing, and somehow have the distraction of a new Game of Thrones airing right after it. I think its best to separate them and thats what well do.”
Bloys confirmed that Season 8 has been fully written and will consist of six episodes, with showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss currently in the process of “boarding it all out… Its a big season, so theyre trying to get a sense of how long itll take them to shoot this.”
Because that process is ongoing, Bloys couldn’t confirm whether the final season of Game of Thrones would air in 2018 or be pushed back to 2019, saying that Benioff and Weiss are in the process of figuring that out.
Bloys also couldn’t confirm the episode length for the final six episodes, since filming on Season 8 hasn’t started yet. “Theyve talked about the length; I imagine theyll be longer but I truly dont know like, oh theyll be 80 minutes each, or whatever, Im not sure.”
When asked if HBO would institute a “cap” on the episode length for Season 8 or if he’d allow installments to be two hours in length if necessary, Bloys didn’t seem inclined to rule anything out saying, “We havent had that discussion yet because I don’t know how long the episodes are gonna be. Two hours per episode seems like it would be excessive, but its a great show, so who knows?”
Bloys also denied reports that there are five spinoffs in development HBO only officially announced four companion shows, while author George R. R. Martin mentioned the possibility of a fifth and said he hasn’t read finished scripts, but noted that they’d be “lucky” to have more than one make it to air.
“We didnt announce the fifth, dont try to trick me,” he laughed. “Theres four still in development, I havent seen anything yet, and as Ive said, with a show like Game of Thrones, with the level of quality theyve set, I think well be lucky to have one that hits, but were hopeful and well see.”
One thing we do know? None of the spinoffs will feature characters who are already on Game of Thrones, Bloys confirmed.
Game of Thrones Season 7 is currently airing Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO.
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