HBO Plans to Drop a Lot of Money on 'Game of Thrones' Spinoffs
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HBO is going to spend tens of millions on its planned spin-offs to Game of Thrones, a show that made headlines in September when Variety revealed each of the six episodes of the final season would cost $15 million.

At the INTV Conference in Israel on Tuesday, HBO Senior VP of Drama, Francesca Orsi, says HBO won’t be holding back.

“$50 million (per season) would never fly for what we are trying to do,” Orsi said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “We are going big.”

Orsi said HBO is planning “three, four, five spin-offs” of Game of Thrones. Back in May, HBO announced they hired four writers to each develop a Game of Thrones spin-off. However, one of the show’s executive producers and the author of the show’s source material, George R.R. Martin, said they upped the count to five in a blog post published that same month.

“How many pilots will be filmed, and how many series might come out of that, remains to be seen,” Martin wrote at the time.

Each of the 10 hour-long episodes of Game of Thrones season one cost about $6 million compared to about $7 million for each episode of season two. By season six, the budget was $10 million per hour of blood and incest, according to Winter Is Coming.

“There is a conundrum [with the budget] if we do take off on one of these Game of Thrones spin-offs, where do we start?,” Orsi said at the INTV Conference on Tuesday, according to Deadline. “We can’t obviously start with the budget of season eight but would it be a Game of Thrones season three budget?”

The spin-offs aren’t expected to drop until “at least a year” after the final season airs, according to HBO chief Casey Bloys in July via a report from THR. That’s where Bloys also said that the show’s final batch of episodes would probably be longer than the usual hour. See, the $15 million is justified after all.

And that initial Variety report from September didn’t just throw Game of Thrones in the spotlight. It apparently costs $10 million per hour of HBO’s Westworld and Amazon’s The Tick and about $8 million for each episode of Amazon’s Jack Ryan, Starz’s American Gods, TNT’s miniseries Will and season two of Netflix’s Stranger Things. Meanwhile, $7 million will get you an episode of Netflix’s The Crown and $6 million will cost you one episode of Stranger Things season one or an episode of FX’s American Crime Story. Is this why the DVD boxsets cost so much money?

Correction: Producers of The Crown said that each episode from the show’s two seasons costs about £5 million ($7 million) during the INTV Conference on Tuesday, according to Variety, which differs from the $10 million that Variety reported in September and was originally reported on in this article. The stat has been corrected.

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Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 4 Review



Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 4 Review

So the latest episode of Game Of Thrones has just gone to air and yes, there will be spoilers in this post episode review. Please watch the episode first before reading this review.

After coming out of last week’s big battle heavy episode, this episode starts to look at the aftermath of the battle. Early on in the episode the characters need to dispose of the dead and this includes brave characters like Jorah who passed away during last week’s battle. It’s a sad time and many of the characters are still dealing with the deaths of their friends. But probably, the loss of Jorah has taken the largest impact on Daenerys than anyone else.

In the next section of the episode, we see things change a little during a post funeral party scene. Daenerys makes a point of appointing Gendry to a position of power, which is her right to do as a Queen. This scene shows us that characters are being rewarded for their loyalty and service in battle and Daenerys is the type of leader that does do that. In return, she points out that she keeps loyal people in loyal positions, which helps her to rule better.

But at this party scene, there’s a little more that goes on. Jon is celebrated by his peers and is even called a King at one point. We all know that for much of this season, there’s been tension between Daenerys and Jon about his true claim to the throne, which is stronger than her own. This continues to cause tension for actually this entire episode and we see Daenerys tell Jon not to go around telling people about it. People are already gravitating towards him as a ruler and a secret coming out like this will give them more reason to do so. This is the Game Of Thrones universe afterall and secrets don’t really get kept. We see people already gossiping about it, such as Tyrion and Varus and it’s probably not long now until everyone knows. Question is though, once this secret gets out what’s going to happen to Daenerys and her following?

There’s some sections towards the end of this episode that are very important. Daenerys at one point takes her ships and her two dragons out to sea and gets ambushed by Euron and his fleet. One of the dragons (not sure which while writing this review) gets shot down and killed rather quickly. It’s a complete shock and a massive loss for Daenerys. Her fleet of ships is also destroyed and Missandei gets captured. It’s possible that Daenerys and the rest didn’t think that Cersei and her forces had the ability to kill a dragon, but we know that Jaime did know because he had the weapon when he fought them long ago, as I remember his army getting destroyed by the dragons and him trying to use that weapon during that battle. It’s logical that the Lannister’s would have many of those weapons by now made. Jaime could have warned Jon or Tyrion or anyone, but he didn’t. Then he left in the episode to go back to Cersei. I do wonder, if it was this that he intended for the entire time, or if he just switched sides when he saw things turning.

The final scenes of this episode see Daenerys and Tyrion come face to face with Cersei and Euron. Missandei is at the castle as a prisoner and Daenerys is there with her small force and her last dragon. I thought, watching this episode, that if this is all Daenerys has left of her forces, then she really doesn’t have much. There’s no way they could win that siege like that. In the end, Tyrion just tried to bargain for Cersei to surrender and for Missandei to get returned. But, it was hopeless, Cersei doesn’t listen and Missandei was killed. It didn’t come as a surprise to me, you would be mad to surrender to a force of that size and having just killed a dragon, Cersei and the rest are pretty confident.

For the first time in a long time, after the events of this episode and the deaths of Daenerys’ closest supporters like Jorah, Missandei and another dragon. It seems to me that Daenerys has become significantly weakened lately. The rumour of Jon’s secret getting out is also a substantial threat to her and it will be interesting to see how things go for this character in the coming weeks.

The strength of Cersei and Euron is that they came prepared. They did not underestimate Daenerys at all, they were incredibly well prepared. Next week’s episode will definitely be very interesting.

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Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 3 Review



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So the latest episode of Game Of Thrones has just gone to air and just to let you know now, there will be spoilers in this post episode review and discussion.

In this episode we witnessed the conclusion of the long running storyline about the Night King vs everyone else. For the most part this episode was mostly action based. There was little in it to further the plot much, except for right at the end when Arya came out of nowhere and killed the Night King. I quite liked this and it did surprise me at the end seeing Arya jump out in the way that she did. We do know it was their plan originally to use Bran as bait so they could lure the Night King there, but as we saw in the episode before this moment, much of that plan didn’t really work out.

With much of the episode being an action based one, I felt that what was shown of the battle was excellent. In many ways the battle scenes had movie like production quality with soldiers fighting the dead and dragons flying high in the sky burning the dead armies from above.

Much of the scenes were very dark though and it was hard to get a sense of scale and later in the episode there was a snow storm which further limited vision. These things made the episode feel quite tense for the viewer, but I also felt they were done to minimise the scale for what is a large battle for a single episode of TV with a production budget to meet.

The cgi was good yet again and the dragons were the highlights of the show. I’ve been wanting to see a dragon battle for some time and this episode delivered that.

Overall this was quite a good action based episode, which more than delivered on the action based experience. The end of the plot featuring the Night King and his dead people is nice to see and the best moment was right after Arya jumped out and got him for good. Many will be sad about some of the favoured characters falling in battle here, but they all died well and it’s not so bad in the end. I am looking forward to seeing how next week’s episode goes and how our characters move on from this.

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How Old Is Arya In Season 8?



How old is Arya in season 8?

If you are wondering how old is Arya in season 8 of Game of Thrones, Arya is 18 years old. The character was 11 in the first season of the show when it first went to air, there has been 8 seasons which makes Arya 18 years old now. The show has moved forward about one year in time for each season of the show. In the books though the character was a little younger, she was 9 in the first book. But in the show the character was made a little older.

How old is Arya in season 8

How old is Arya in season 8?

If you are wondering how old is Maisie Williams? She was born in 1997, which makes her about 22 this year.

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