Game of Thrones season 8: HBO defends premiere date, shares spinoff details

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HBO now has five Game of Thrones prequel spinoffs in development, and while none of the series will feature current characters from the central Game of Thrones show, there may be something else that will keep fans excited.

HBO programming president Casey Bloys dismissed doomsayers in a Friday interview with The Hollywood Reporter, saying, "Everyone wrote previous year about how we'd be in trouble without Game of Thrones [at the Emmys] and we did just fine".

We also know that the final series will contain more CGI than has previously been seen, hinting that there will be a lot more screen times for Daenerys' dragons.

He also confirmed that there will be no existing Game of Thrones characters featuring, though "there may be [familiar] bloodlines". While there's still no word on what story a new show will explore (we have some ideas!), or how numerous ideas under consideration will make it to the screen, he did reveal when any of them would air.

Game of Thrones season eight premiers in 2019.

He told TVLine: "Should we go forward and make a pilot and a series, nothing would air on HBO until at least a year after Game of Thrones ends".

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On whether the endless speculation over the show bothers him, Bloys added: "I don't mind!"

Of the five prequel ideas in the works, Bloys said: "I'll do anywhere from zero to five!" We have really great writers working on these; it's very exciting. "I have seen some things that I think are potentially very exciting".

"I suppose we could've said to them, 'You must deliver by this date,"' he continues.

What's in store for the final season of Game of Thrones?

The duo wanted as much time as they could to make the strongest - and most epic - episodes that they possibly could. "It's a big show". "Thrones is coming to the end at the right time for me, and everyone involved in it".

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