In another blow for fans of ‘Game of Thrones,’ new information has just come to light letting us know that there is little to no chance of a continuation or a revival of the original series on HBO. Once Season 8 concludes in 2019, that will be the last we will see of beloved characters we have been watching for the past 8 seasons, with the spin-offs focusing on new characters and parts of the timeline separated from what we have already seen before.
While on the subject of those ‘Game of Thrones’ spin-offs, HBO programming president Casey Bloys had the following to say while speaking to The Hollywood Reporter recently:
“There are five of them. If we do a pilot and series, nothing is going to air on HBO until at least a year after the final season. We’re not doing a final season and then, “Following it at 11 p.m. … .” I’ve seen some exciting material. We have really great writers working on these; it’s very exciting. But there’s no timetable. Not everybody is on the same schedule, so I’ve seen different versions of different things that are potentially exciting. But there’s no timetable about when a decision would be made about any of them.”
When asked if there’s a chance of them actually doing all 5 potential shows, Bloys stated:
“I’ll do anywhere from zero to five! (Laughs.) Though probably more likely one. But we’ll see.”
Eventually, the conversation moved back once more to the subject of the original ‘Game of Thrones‘ series, and when asked about the length of the final 6 episodes and whether Bloys has read the scripts and knows the ending for the series, he said:
“It really will be dependent on when the showrunners get the cuts and what they’re happy with. Everything on Game of Thrones is driven by their desire to make the best show possible. When we’re going to air, how long the episodes are — we’re taking their lead on what they need….They’re [the final 6 episodes] great. It’s fantastic. The fans are going to be very, very happy.”
Later the topic came up about a potential revival for ‘Thrones’ at some point in the future, which Bloys quickly shot down:
“That’s not happening. This story, A Song of Fire and Ice, is done. There’s no revival, reboot, spinoff talk.”
And the last question, of course, was whether there was a “definitive” answer to who ends up on the Iron Throne, which of course, Bloys had to play coy about:
“I don’t even want to answer that! [Laughs.] But it’s exciting.”
Personally, I always applaud shows and creatives when they have a definitive ending and do not want to keep things going past the point of things becoming stale or losing quality. And since ‘Game of Thrones’ is a linear narrative with a beginning, middle and end, it just would not make sense to stretch it out any longer than necessary, sad though I will be to see it end.
Do you agree? Or do you think it could still be strung out for a few more season after Season 8, if for nothing else then just to see the next generation of characters take their place in Westeros? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below!
Source: Hollywood Reporter