Game of Thrones stars 'in tears' over ending

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Orsi said. "We can't obviously start with the budget of season 8 but would it be a "Game of Thrones" season three budget?" A table read of the last few episodes with the show's cast, she said, "was a really powerful moment in our lives and our career".

HBO drama chief Francesca Orsi and programming president Casey Bloys got brutally honesty during an INTV panel in Jerusalem, Israel (via Deadline) in which they expressed some worry over the network's skyrocketing budget. She said the spinoffs will have budgets close to what the main series has.

"$50 million (per season) would never fly for what we are trying to do", she declared. After the hugely successful Big Little Lies got picked up for a second despite its formerly "limited" nature, Orsi said the budget for the rest of the network took a major hit to accommodate all the returning stars. HBO first announced its partnership with four writers on four different spinoffs last May. But one thing's for sure, the Game of Thrones finale is going to be good. "More money doesn't always equal better, but in some cases the scope of ideas do require it", he added. But Orsi said HBO is still the preferred choice for prestige offerings when compared to Amazon, Netflix, and other new competitors.

As such, Orsi noted "it feels like corporate malfeasance to not continue it", with HBO now developing "three, four, five spin-offs".

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Character turnover is the show's bread and butter, but in this final season, it seems even more motivated than the Red Wedding.

Fans of HBO's Game of Thrones have heard quite a bit about the handful of successor series the network is developing to keep the Westerosi gravy train running after GoT concludes its run next year.

"We want to get out", Cunningham continued.

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