While Game of Thrones ends with only five remaining episodes, executives at HBO are figuring out how to use their & # 39; golden goose & # 39; be able to keep the best alive after the original series ends.
Bob Greenblatt, who oversees HBO as the recently appointed president of WarnerMedia Entertainment and Direct-to-Consumer, and Casey Bloys, HBO program director, discussed the future of the Game of Thrones franchise in an interview with Deadline on Monday.
The blockbuster drama series of the network began its eighth and final season on Sunday evening and HBO already has a prequel pilot in line: a self-titled project starring Naomi Watts that will start filming in June.
How well those trial delivery rates can determine whether the network is trying to expand the Thrones universe.
When asked if there are plans to accelerate another series in Westeros, Greenblatt said: & # 39; It's a double-edged sword. & # 39;
He continued: & # 39; The answer is yes, we have talks about how we can smartly continue the Game of Thrones universe, but we really have to think carefully about not killing the golden goose and not having shows that don't good enough are that quality level, and how much is too much. We have all those conversations.
& # 39; I do not yet know what will come of all this material, but I think they have cleverly developed things that were really good ideas in this universe, and George Martin is involved.
& # 39; There is a prequel in production, but only a pilot, so that we can see if it contains all the goods and is worth progressing.
& # 39; We are only trying to think very carefully about how to expand this universe if it makes sense, and not, as I said, kill the golden goose. The answer is yes. & # 39;
Bob Greenblatt (left), who oversees HBO as the recently appointed president of WarnerMedia Entertainment and Direct-to-Consumer, has admitted that the Game of Thrones universe could be put to bed as the pilot for the prequel series with in the starring Naomi Watts (right) does not work it does not work
Game of Thrones started its eighth and final season on Sunday and HBO executives are already considering spin-offs to continue to reap the benefits of the & # 39; golden goose & # 39; franchise
The fast-approaching Game of Thrones final on May 19 already has industry experts who wonder what HBO will do without the series, which has yielded three times more viewers than any other show in the network's history.
& # 39; I think they need a prestige show at this level to stay HBO & # 39 ;, Bill Carter, a media analyst for CNN and former New York Times reporter, told the Associated Press.
Carter added: & # 39; More than ever it is very difficult to find a hit show and break through in this market. & # 39;
HBO President of Programming Casey Bloys said that while he is saddened to see Game of Thrones end, he is excited by other network projects
Bloys is optimistic about what HBO has already done, and says Deadline: if you think about what has been broadcast between the last season of Game of Thrones and the current season, we have Westworld, Succession, Sharp Objects, The Deuce, My Brilliant Friend , The Night Of, Leftovers, Barry, Veep, High Maintenance, John Oliver, Bill Maher, not to mention the documents, Hard Knocks, The Shop, and it will continue.
& # 39; I'm not going to sit here and say, oh, it's no problem. Game of Thrones is a very big show for us, but we are not only the Game of Thrones network. There are a lot of really high quality, really great shows that we do, and that goes on.
& # 39; We have more than we have ever had in the works. I will personally be sad to see Game of Thrones play. As a fan, I love it, but as usual, HBO will survive and we will continue. & # 39;
Greenblatt agreed and said: & # 39; I will also add that networks often go through these periods when signature shows disappear, and people speculate about the future. And there is always something that you did not expect.
& # 39; I don't think anyone would say they thought The Sopranos would change that, or that Game of Thrones would change what it did.
& # 39; So I think you should just keep your focus on doing business with the best people you can, make every effort to make these shows great, and the next big phenomenon will come when you least expect it.
& # 39; In the meantime, there is that whole list where Casey has just gone through things that are all extraordinary. & # 39;
The fast-approaching Game of Thrones final on May 19 already has industry experts who wonder what HBO will do without the series, which has yielded three times more viewers than any other show in the network's history. The cast can be seen during the premiere of season 8 on 3 April
HBO, which was launched in 1972 and whose cachet has long justified the boastful slogan: & # 39; It's not TV. It is HBO, & # 39; has previously reached this intersection.
At the turn of the century, pop culture sensations The Sopranos and Sex and the City increased the visibility of the channel and subscribers and made it a serious player for prestige awards – including the very first Emmys cable for the best drama and comedy series. After the shows were packed, the channel skilfully continued with audience promoters, including Six Feet Under and True Blood.
But that was then, and this is the time of streaming – or, in short, Netflix, along with a growing number of others, including Amazon and Hulu – and a shoulder-blast for stars and showmakers to more and more retail outlets are already plenty busy programming.
HBO, no longer a unique alternative to disrupted broadcasting networks, also acquired a new company property when AT & T bought its parent company Time Warner. HBO recently saw the turn of his president, Richard Plepler, who had been at the canal for almost 30 years and led him to the glory of Game of Thrones.
With the resources of AT & T, HBO has increased production and the number of original program periods will increase by 50 percent this year, Bloys claims that volume is not of high quality.
& # 39; There is nothing in 2019 that we will bring into the air because we are trying to count an hour. … We have not lowered our standards to reach a certain level of programming & there is no pressure to do otherwise from WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey, Bloys told AP.
Subscribers will ultimately decide if the shows are what they want. But expanding the pipeline is inevitable, said Tuna Amobi, a media and entertainment analyst at investment firm CFRA.
From the first average weekly average number of 9.3 million cumulative viewers, Game of Thrones rose to a high point in the seventh season of 32.8 million on all HBO platforms (file photo)
& # 39; It's a very different competitive landscape for HBO than when they launched Game of Thrones, and they realize that. That is why you see them bragging their investments in their programming, & said Amobi.
The key is also how HBO & # 39; s online platform is integrated with the planned streaming offer from WarnerMedia to reach the widest possible audience and make full use of the content, he added.
HBO & # 39; can't rely on the old ways of doing things and hope a premium channel can save you & # 39 ;, he said.
Game of Thrones, which debuted in 2011, has flourished despite the confusing number of choices on the small screen.
From the first weekly average of 9.9 million cumulative viewers per week, the series rose to a high point in the seventh season of 32.8 million on all HBO platforms, including the channel itself and the HBO Go and HBO Now streaming services and during a period of 30 days after the end of the season.
It benefited from the dedicated following for Martin & # 39; s A Song of Ice and Fire linking of novels. It was produced richly and meticulously, filmed in 10 countries, including Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Morocco, Iceland and Canada.
The attractive cast became a household name and the female characters who grew in stature and power as the drama developed are routinely named as part of the spirit of time for female empowerment.
Game of Thrones also enjoyed its Emmy dominance, with so far 47 trophies including three prizes for the best drama series.
Last year, it denied a second consecutive win for a worthy opponent, Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale, but HBO lost valuable bragging from Emmy: it was surpassed in total nominations for the first time in 17 years and by the relative newcomer Netflix and the streamer tied HBO in profit.
Media Valuation Partners analyst Gerbrandt does not include the channel. Many viewers still like so-called & # 39; composite & # 39; TV delivered to them, as opposed to searching online through dozens or hundreds of offers, he said. There is also the power of perception at work.
& # 39; If there is a brand that strictly survives by name, it is probably HBO, & # 39; he said.
Game Of Thrones season eight premiere features record viewers as 17.4 million people tune in to HBO
Game Of Thrones & # 39; eighth season premiered to register numbers in the US, HBO has announced.
The cable network said Sunday's audience on all of its platforms peaked at 17.4 million and the previous high of 16.9 million viewers overshadowed for the 2017 season finale.
That is an absolute record for a premium cable television program and the total number of viewers will be considerably higher.
HBO numbers only relate to the linear television and the HBO GO and HBO NOW streaming apps of the network.
Millions more watched on other networks around the world, because the show was simultaneously broadcast in 170 countries to prevent spoilers.
And it's not the people who watched the show online illegally.
Tronen is often the most pirated TV in the world, with an estimated one billion illegal streams in the seventh season of 2017.
HBO said the viewers of the episode in the streaming app HBO NOW were 50% higher compared to last season's final and DOUBLE compared to last season's opener.
The network said it was their biggest night of streaming activity ever.
And the viewing public is not the only record that has already set the eighth season.
The eighth season of Game of Thrones is said to be the most expensive TV season ever, with a budget of $ 15 million.
And on social media, Sunday's premiere was the show's two-fold episode ever, with more than 5 million tweets and 11 million listings over the weekend, HBO said.
-Andrew Snell for DailyMail.com