HBO has defended the Game Of Thrones season eight finale after a petition for a remake has garnered over 1.5million signatures.
The network’s programming president Casey Bloys revealed that he thinks that David Benioff and D.B. Weis ended the franchise on a high and that criticism was to be expected.
‘I think the guys did a great job,’ Casey began. ‘I think to a certain extent it was expected that for a show this big, there’s no way you’re going to please everybody.
‘It’s roughly split with some people loving it and some people disliking it. That’s about what you’d expect.
‘I think the guys landed a massive plane and did a great job doing it. But you’re never going to make everybody happy, nor should that be the goal.’
Addressing the significantly shorter season, Casey continued to Variety: ‘The guys have had a very, very specific plan in their head for a long time.
‘This was not something that was kind of slapdash, where at the end of last season we said, “Eh, we only feel like doing six.” They were very, very deliberate.
‘This was well thought out.’
Although Game Of Thrones is officially over, there are still a number of spin-offs in the works.
Casey previously announced a prequel and confirmed that shooting for the pilot would commence in June, however admitted that it might not have a release date until at least 2021.
Meanwhile, Game Of Thrones author George RR Martin has revealed that he’s got an impressive eight shows currently in development.
Despite only a handful of George’s projects having direct links to Westeros, he teased: ‘I’m still here, and I’m still busy.
‘As a producer, I’ve got five shows in development at HBO (some having nothing whatsoever to do with the world of Westeros), two at Hulu, one on the History Channel.
‘I’m involved with a number of feature projects, some based upon my own stories and books, some on material created by others.’
He continued: ‘There are these short films I am hoping to make, adaptations of classic stories by one of the most brilliant, quirky, and original writers our genre has ever produced.’
Game Of Thrones is available to watch on catch-up on HBO, Sky Atlantic and NOW TV.
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