Game of Thrones will finally come to an end with season 8, which is set to debut sometime in 2019. But the show’s creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss originally had different plans to end the popular HBO fantasy series.
A recent Entertainment Weekly cover story revealed that the show makers once considered rounding out the series with a trilogy of films. The plans for making movies was originally pitched, back in 2012 while the series’ third season was filming. The idea was to release the final six hours of the series as three two-hour films. This was planned to get a bigger budget in order to finish off the story on a grander scale.
“We have a very generous budget from HBO, but we know what’s coming down the line and, ultimately, it’s not generous enough. It’s what we’re working towards in a perfect world. 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,” Benioff said.
Now that Game of Thrones has grown to become one of the biggest franchises in the world, Benioff and Weiss were able to convince HBO to fund the final six episodes with a massive budget of more than $15 million an episode. With such a huge budget, the show makers are now making six smaller movies rather than the three large-scale films that they had planned.
The magazine’s behind-the-scenes preview of Game of Thrones season 8 revealed the show’s first episode will open with Daenerys Targaryen’s army arriving at Winterfell followed by a thrilling and tense intermingling of characters meeting for the first time, others reuniting with characters they have messy histories with, igniting a sweeping battle against the Army of the Dead.
Game of Thrones season 8 is expected to turn up sometime in the spring of 2019.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
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