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HBO boss on "Game of Thrones" final return, continuation, spin-off opportunities – deadline

HBO just completed its epic series Game of Thrones on Sunday with a finale that broke the premium network's rating records and shared fans over the course of the eighth and final season. We discussed with HBO Programming President Casey Bloys alternative endings for the show, by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the possibility of doing business for her and J.J. Abrams, the status of the future predecessors of GoT and why is it likely that not even Arya Stark can bring about a spinoff?

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Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen and Kit Harington as Jon Snow

BLOYS: No and that stretch and for a show I do not think all the fans would have been happy about it, I think based on the online reaction that you have to take with a grain of salt, it seems to be split and I think that is about right – some people will love it, some people will hate it, but the point is that they all feel very passionate.

I think everyone had hopes for where the characters could go o that should. But Dan and David had a plan for how the show should go for a long time, and they did it the way they thought it was right as a creator. I think they did a spectacular job. They landed a big plane, which was not easy. They will never make everyone happy, but I do not think they tried.

DEADLINE: In 2017 they commented that Game of Thrones would film multiple endings to protect the finals. Did you shoot several endings?

BLOYS: No. I think that was something that came to mind at first sight, and I said something anecdotal and it has prevailed. I do not think they actually made several endings. But putting that into the water supply was not a bad thing to protect against leaks. You always had a bit of doubt because you were not sure.

DEADLINE: How did you stop the end from running out in a big way?

BLOYS: I think there was someone who posted? … You could have found it if you wanted, but most people want to experience it and ride it – I think it's a testament to the show. Last season we had taken so many security measures for the international distribution of the show, many security measures. Since you're dealing with people, there's always the danger of someone running out, telling someone about something, or doing something, so you can not protect 100%. Finally, there was speculation about the end – as it turned out, some of it was true – but most wanted to experience it as a fan.

DEADLINE: Did you discuss other possible endings with Dan and David?

BLOYS: No. They are very smart, very smart, very methodical. They've been thinking that for a long time. So there was no big debate about whether it should end up like this or not as they had planned.

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DEADLINE: Did you get any money from Starbucks after the coffee cup incident?

BLOYS: No ( laughs ).

FRIST: What do you think about the fascination of the fans for the cup and the water bottle? in the final?

BLOYS: The fascination with the fissile response to the finale is all evidence of how much people invested in and engaged in the show. Some people have very strong negative options and obviously some positive opinions. But I take it all as a really great sign of what the show was able to do to stay in cultural dialogue and to let people passionately discuss the characters and storylines. That's what you want from a show.

DEADLINE: Has the big turnout and fan passion for the show changed the schedule for the prequel pilot?

BLOYS: I think the last thing you want to do with any show – prequel or not – you try not to rush a show. The last thing I want to do is put this kind of pressure on the prequel because George [R.R. Martin] created this massive universe. It's in this universe, but Jane [Goldman] has created another show – it's not the same show, it's not the same characters, it's not the same timeframe, it's not the same dynamic. It's a difficult affair, but you want to do a show that is of this world, but not a replica.

I think [Goldman] did an excellent job in the script, and SJ Clarkson, the director, is preparing an amazing pilot. We will make this pilot and take our time and do it right. I hope we will love it and evolve, but I do not want anything that happened in this past season to determine anything that happens in the process.

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Deadline: If everything goes smoothly with the pilot, could the prequel series be premiered next year? [19659013] BLOYS: I do not know, I have to get a feel for the production when we see screenplays for a season, how big and elaborate they are, shoot a pilot in June and airborne it a year later have, feels a little rushed, but it is still too early to say it.

FRIST: The author George RR Martin recently said that three of the Game of Thrones offshoot, including the Prequel pilots are "good" at HBO Can you tell us what the other two are?

BLOYS: Here's what I'll tell you I wanted to survive the last season and let that be a cultural moment. We have the pilot from June and will then decide if we want to do another or not. I let these things happen before we decide whether to do another or not.

DEADLINE: Could there be more than one beyond the prequel with Naomi Watts?

BLOYS: I do not doubt it. I do not want to overdo it. We have so many different shows that appear in [2019] and [20] and even in [21]. I think Game of Thrones is a fantastic estate, but I do not want to be just the home of prequels and sequels and all that stuff. I think you really want to be careful how you do it. That's why we've been working on the Jane pilot for a long time, because we want to do it right. I do not want to push anything out just to shove it out. I think the last thing the fans would want was something that was just made to shine.

Deadline: Is there an update to the pilot?

Bloods: The casting ended a few weeks ago. They are busy in Belfast preparing for the shoot in a few weeks.

DEADLINE: I know that you had ruled out direct spinoffs of Game of Thrones in the past, but there's a bottom line among fans for one with Arya Stark. Can you rethink the no-spin-offs policy?

BLOYS: I understand where that comes from, I totally understand it. But in terms of being careful, not overdoing it, or killing the goose that lays the golden egg, I think Dan and David's show can be seen in eight seasons, I want it as my own piece of art Arya does that. I think it's best to try the forerunners in other areas of George's vast universe – just feels right, let the show stand its ground.

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DEADLINE: Speaking of Dan and David, what is the likelihood that they will stay in the race with an overall business?

BLOYS: I believe you had an accurate story about their encounters in the city, which I believe is the right thing to do in terms of their success and status because it is a great marketplace for creators. Obviously, we have a strong relationship with them, they also have a strong relationship with Warner Bros. We would like to stay in business with them, but they go through the process and we'll see how it all works out.

Deadline: What about their Confederate HBO drama? Can we assume that this is no longer on the front burner?

BLOYS: Yes, not on the front burner.

Deadline: Another creator with whom you are in the business, JJ Abrams, is also buying a comprehensive deal from WarnerMedia. Any updates about this?

BLOYS: I have no updates on his larger Warner deal, but he has his project here, the first thing he has written in a long time. We have Lovecraft with him and obviously Westworld . We at HBO are in the JJ business and enjoy working with him.

FRIST: Speaking of Westworld the trailer you just released looks quite different. Will the show be restarted in season 3?

BLOYS: Not such a reboot. At the end of the season, Dolores started. So it was a little challenging to see what the world might look like. All I'm going to say is that it still contains robots, but it's not so much a reboot, it's following the characters.

Deadline: HBO has recently picked up on Julian Fellowes' lavish drama. The Gilded Age which had been set up by NBC on Universal TV. How did that come about? And does recording such a big budget series make you hold back on one of your shows?

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BLOYS: I met Julian before the holidays This was before Bob [Greenblatt] came. I got the impression that NBC had some concerns about the budget required for such a show. for a broadcasting network, the economy is a little different. We had the meeting, nothing came out because they were still trying to find a deal. Then NBCUniversal put it on the market – it made more sense for them to do it elsewhere – and we jumped in. It's such a massive show that it will take some time to get it up and running and staffing it. It was far enough away that it made sense for our schedule, and it might also be fitting that … if you have big sci-fi shows, I think it's nice to have a big piece of it, so you have a nice one Mix it up with shows, it felt like a nice addition to our canvas.

Timeline: Back to Game of Thrones . They aired a promo before the finale reminds viewers of the other shows they play with. Do you expect subscriber slumps after the end of GoT ?

BLOYS: Historically, it was before any sort of Tentpole show such as Game of Thrones True Detective Westworld – obviously Game of Thrones the biggest – there is usually an increase in subscriptions for the show and then a decline. Usually we expect a net profit. So there are absolutely people who have seen HBO for Game of Thrones but historically we usually get a net profit, and I expect that in this case, too.

What did you learn from experience with Game of Thrones?

BLOYS: We are proud to be here at home. It was a great show for us David. Someone told me that after the first season, there may have been a headline saying, "The ratings show that Game Of Thrones is not a Boardwalk Empire." It's just a good reminder to those who do not know where next game takes place of Thrones the next show with water coolers, will come. It's probably not what you expect. The best you can do is get on with people you believe in, support, take pictures, and see how it works.

Game of Thrones the juggernaut it is today is just a juggernaut good reminder that it does not start that way, and when it came out, many people asked, "Oh, a fantasy epic at HBO, that makes sense, I'm not sure if it feels like HBO. " to constantly evolve and increase expectations, but keep in mind that everything must have an extremely high level of quality.

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