It is hard to imagine HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones‘ not being a television series these days but it sounds like the series almost didn’t get a final season but three feature films instead. The idea came from showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff before HBO stopped the plan in its tracks. Considering the network makes its money based on the number of viewers and subscribers it has opposed to box office results, this seems like an idea that was destined to fail.
It is being reported that the reason this idea was initially pitched this:
So the producers had an idea: The final season could be six hours long and released as three movies in theaters — just like Martin’s best-known influence, The Lord of the Rings. It’s not that the duo wanted to make movies per se, but it seemed like the only way to get the time and money needed to pull off their finale. “It’s what we’re working towards in a perfect world,” Weiss said. “We end up with an epic fantasy story but with the level of familiarity and investment in the characters that are normally impossible in a two-hour movie.
The flaw in this plan was that HBO is about serving its subscribers, not taking gambles at the box office. Behind the scenes, the network brass gently shot down the movie idea. But executives assured Benioff and Weiss that they would eventually have everything they needed to make a final season that was “a summer tentpole-size spectacle.
Before ‘Game of Thrones’ being such a smash hit this could have been a feasible way to go. However, HBO was happy to pony up the budget in their money making hit that not only is still drawing in audiences but is expanding with at least one spin-off prequel series.
Would you have preferred ‘Game of Thrones’ ending in three full-length feature films instead of one final season on HBO? What would you have done if we had to wait another three years to finish finding out what happens in Westeros being dished out in an hour and a half to two-hour segments likely once a year? Share your thoughts in the comments below!