Before you read this article, you should probably know that there’s some potential spoilers waiting ahead. I mean, yeah, they’re pretty damn obvious ones, but I’m just warning you anyway because that’s the kinda bloke I am. You’re welcome.
At the annual INTV conference in Israel yesterday, senior vice president of drama at HBO, Francesca Orsi, implied that the upcoming final season of Game of Thrones is going to be pretty deadly to just about every character, going as far as saying they would die “one by one”.
During a reading of the script for one of the final episodes, Orsi said the whole cast cried, and when it ended, there were applause for 15 minutes. I have never clapped for longer than like, 40 seconds. Imagine 15 minutes worth of that. Bloody hell.
“It was a really powerful moment in our lives and our careers,” she said on a panel called The Best of HBO. “None of the cast had received the scripts prior, and one by one they started falling down to their deaths.”
Accompanied by HBO programming president, Casey Bloys, and chief of drama, David Levine, Orsi went on to say that they’re extremely keen to do a whole bunch of spinoff shows set in the GoT universe. “It feels like corporate malfeasance to not continue it,” she said. “That’s why it spawned three, four, five spinoffs.”
That seems like a pretty obvious move given GoT’s ridiculous popularity. Five spinoffs, though? Wow.
But I guess the biggest question right now is, will anyone survive when all is said and done in Westeros? I guess we’ll have to wait and see, but at this stage, things are looking pretty dire.