She said that at the table read of the final six scripts ("a dream opportunity", she said), everyone stood up and applauded for 15 to 20 minutes. "If that were today, the [Song of Ice and Fire] books would probably come in packaged with a director and we'd be held ransom for a full season order or probably two seasons, and the problem with that is to get it right we really did have to go through the development process".
She said: "It feels like corporate malfeasance to not continue it". "$50 million (per season) would never fly for what we are trying to do".
There's no denying that it's hard to wait around for the return of GoT, and we already know the premiere of season 8 won't be until 2019 for a number of reasons - Kit Harington and Rose Leslie's wedding, longer episodes to film, etc. "That's why it spawned three, four, five spinoffs - we're going big". Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, for instance, are reportedly making $1 million an episode in Season 2.
In a wide-ranging discussion, Bloys also touched on competition with Netflix, noting that the streaming giant was "in the volume business", while HBO was "in the curation business".
An HBO executive says she regrets her choice of words when discussing the renewal of Big Little Lies. "They're in the volume business, we're in the curation business", said Bloys. Orsi added that the flood of new series from Netflix was "absolutely diluting" the quality of shows on offer.
"The reason they're getting paid so much is they're so prolific", he said.
But before we get to these side-quests, which will arrive at least one year after the conclusion of Game of Thrones, we need to finish up the original series.
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