HBO’s programming chief broke his silence and explained why we’ll have to wait until 2019 before returning to Westeros.
In a conversation with Entertainment Weekly, Casey Bloys officially gave the answer many had already expected. Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss wanted additional time to provide the most polished finale possible. Bloys told EW:
“Here’s what I’ll tell you: They take the time they need to do the show at its highest level of quality. As the show has gone on, it’s gotten bigger — big battle scenes, big special effects,” Bloys said. “These things take time. Here’s the one thing I can assure you: Dan and Dave were not sitting around on a beach waiting to go back to work. They’re perfectionists and this is the soonest it can come back at a level of quality that they are comfortable with.”
Bloys continued to discuss his plans for the five prequels currently in development.
“They’re moving along,” he says. “We have some really talented writers working on them. The one thing I will tell you, which we talked about before, any sort of pilot-to-series [order], there’s not going to be anything on our air for a least a year after Game of Thrones airs. We’re not using the final season to launch a new show or anything like that. There’s going to be a separation between the two. These are among the best writers working and I’m hopeful.”
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