divica Posted April 24 Share Posted April 24 20 minutes ago, The Bard of Banefort said: I was originally going to post the next two chapters together, but it's easier to just do them separately. Here's Chapter 25: D&D originally wanted to adapt the end of GOT in movie format, but this was shut down by HBO, who said their subscribers would feel ripped off. Hibberd points out that D&D always planned on seven seasons, and I have to agree. For all the talks that they just wanted to move on to other things, I remember reading this back before they even surpassed the books. HBO desperately wanted GOT to go on longer, but D&D refused, and the network wasn't willing to risk bringing in new showrunners. D&D had several reasons for wanting to end the show where they did: cast members were getting scooped up by other studios and wanted to move on to other roles (it's ironic that most of the S8 cast hasn't hit it big, but none of them could have known that at the time); some of the cast had health problems and injuries they were nursing, such as Emilia's brain aneurysms (Hibberd doesn't mention any of the casts' mental health/substance abuse issues, but I have to wonder if that was a concern as well); an obsession with Breaking Bad and trying to emulate it; and a fear that they would damage the show's reputation if it went on for too long. One reason why HBO agreed to eight seasons was because of their reputation for allowing creators to maintain a certain level of independence. I wonder if that's starting to change now; not just because of GOT, but also Sam Levinson's alleged lunacy, and all the GOT spin-offs. Like it or not, by launching a GOT Cinematic Universe, HBO is now less like Showtime and more like Disney+. The movie format should be obvious to anyone that it is a bad idea. Got episodes lasted an hour. You can't add 30 mins to a normal ep and call it a movie. At most they could do something to the last kingdom where a 2 to 3 hours movie would replace the last ep. Given that the Ds were adapting 1 book per season it is normal for them to plan 7 seasons. That doesn't really mean anything. Even saying that actors were scooped is kind of stupid. Given the filming time and number of eps of each season I doubt that filming GoT took a lot of time for the actors. They could clearly film GoT and another project. And I would risk that several actors had important roles is movies while shooting GoT. And I think that when HBO stops giving independence to the creators it will lose some of its spark. You can't create controversial things if there is a guy from the network breathing down your neck making sure your series follow some kind of guidelines. The problem with the Ds is that they are charlatans. They were able to gain power, trust and influence with the earlier seasons so they had a lot of credibility to do whatever they wanted towards the latter seasons despite not having the talent to write or direct a show as big as Got. I bet there must be a lot of stories how HBO aproved the script for season 8. Any person related to the industry had to know there were a lot of red flags there. The hairy bear 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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