It looks like Game of Thrones fans should prepare for a bloody final season. Any Game of Thrones enthusiast worth their direwolf would be prepared for this outcome already, but HBO drama chief Francesca Orsi seemingly confirmed Season 8 contains multiple character deaths at the INTV Conference in Jerusalem.
Orsi attended a reading of the final six scripts with the actors in October, and described it as an emotional, tearful experience. "None of the cast had received the scripts prior, and one by one they started falling down to their deaths,” she said, according to a Tuesday report from Variety. “It was amazing. By the very end, everyone looked down and looked up and tears were in their eyes.” When the actors were done with the last script, Orsi said everyone stood up and applauded for 15 to 20 minutes.
Obviously, Orsi did not divulge who died or how, but we can only assume it was several big deaths if the actors cried. In fact, Orsi's quote almost makes it sound like every main character dies. Kit Harrington previously told the BBC he cried during the table read. Does this mean fans will be saying goodbye to Jon Snow for real this time?
The eighth and final six-episode season will return to HBO in 2019, but those six episodes likely won't be the end of Game of the Thrones. HBO has up to five Game of Thrones spin-off planned that it hopes to greenlight, as soon as the network figure out how to budget for them.
"It feels like corporate malfeasance to not continue [the franchise],” said Orsi. “That’s why it spawned three, four, five spinoffs." Orsi also teased that these spin-offs are going to be of the grandeur that Thrones fans have come to expect, and will demand budgets lower than the Game of Thrones Season 8 budget, but higher than the $50 million HBO spent on Season 3. "$50 million [for one season] would never fly for what we are trying to do. We are going big."
Get ready for some very fancy murders.
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