No current character on GAME OF THRONES will be appearing in any spinoff series, HBO programming president Casey Bloys said onstage during the Television Critics’ Association’s summer press tour Wednesday.
The exec demured to confirmed whether the final season of Game of Thrones would premiere in 2018 or 2019.
“The scripts are in and I believe they’re boarding it out to get a sense of [that],” he said. “It’s a big season. As with all the seasons, they’re complicated, so they’re trying to get a sense of how long it’s going to take to shoot this. I don’t have the answer yet but they’re working on it.”
Bloys also gave updates on other highly anticipated HBO projects, including a third season of True Detective and whether there might be more of The Night Of to come.
The executive said he himself has already read five scripts for Season 3 of True Detective, and confirmed Mahershala Ali was set to star, saying they are now talking to directors and that show is much closer to reality than more installments of The Night Of.
“The good news about someone like Steve Zaillian is, he will come to you when he’s ready,” Bloys said of The Nigh Of showrunner. “He has not come to us with an idea that makes sense to him. But when he comes to us, we’ll know that he’s locked into something.”
On the long-awaited Deadwood movie, Bloys said David Milch had turned in a “terrific script” and HBO is eager to do it as long as hurdles can be worked out.
“If we can do it for a budget that makes sense for us – we’re now looking for a director – and we can get the cast together, which is no easy task – we’re inclined to do it,” he said. “But we have to get over those hurdles.”
Linda Ge | TV Editor