Tons of people on "Game of Thrones" have died already, and everyone knows a lot of beloved characters who've somehow made it to season eight will die in the final episodes, which will come out sometime in 2019.
HBO drama chief Francesca Orsi spoke on a panel in Jerusalem, and confirmed actresses Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman were able to negotiate a massive raise for season two of the show, particularly given Apple's foray into television.
"None of the cast had received the scripts prior, and one by one they started falling down to their deaths".
Orsi said at the end of a read of the final six scripts everyone stood up and applauded for 15 to 20 minutes. "We can't obviously start with the budget of season 8", Orsi mused, "but would it be a Game of Thrones season three budget?"
She said it would feel like "corporate malfeasance" for HBO to ignore Game of Thrones' spin-off potential, given the show's global audience.
Orsi said HBO was confident the scripts for season 2 of Big Little Lies "are as good, if not better, than last season" and that the network would not have ordered another season if they hadn't been sure that "we have to more to do and say and there's passion on the part of the cast".
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Pictures have also surfaced of a £1m castle set being built in Belfast, so expect this final season to be big.
While the series will end with a six-episode season, HBO hopes to continue the magic with multiple spinoffs now in development.
The executives also addressed the upcoming second season of "Big Little Lies", which will also try to recapture the magic of the first. Orsi added that the deluge of series from streaming services is "absolutely diluting" quality of shows by ordering in volume.
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"There is a conundrum if we do take off on one of these Game of Thrones spin-offs, where do we start?"
"The reason they're getting paid so much is they're so prolific", he said.