HBO execs reveal new details about how Game of Thrones ends

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There's still at least a year to go before Game of Thrones' final season but that hasn't stopped viewers and the HBO show's production team spilling all the gory details. This shocking news was delivered without warning by HBO Senior Vice President of Drama Francesca Orsi at the INTV Conference in Jerusalem. She mentioned that "None of the cast had received the scripts prior, and one by one they started falling down to their deaths".

HBO is serving as showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff's personal Iron Bank for the final six episodes, but the network is also planning on going big for the prequels.

Orsi also touched upon the Game of Thrones spin-offs (or "successor shows") which many fans hope will fill the Westeros-sized hole in their lives once the main series wraps up in 2019.

While continuing the show through "three, four, five" spinoffs was teased - with the alternative being compared to "corporate malfeasance" - the main draw here was the show's eighth and final season finale.

The final season of Game of Thrones will premiere on HBO in 2019. Orsi said the network was put in an especially tough spot following the surprise second season renewal of "Big Little Lies", which was originally conceived at HBO as a one-and-done "limited series".

As for Reese and Nicole, they're laughing all the way to to the bank.

As it stands, HBO has carved a niche for itself in the high-end drama field, with Bloys saying the network is in the "curation business", while competitors like Netflix are in the "volume business".

"Obviously, I am embarrassed by my poor choice of words", she said in a statement. To hear him tell it, many creators prefer HBO's model, because they know their work is going to get more attention.

Orsi added that sometimes the Israeli series are "so good that we don't even want to adapt". "That's a very valuable talent".

"If we do take off on one of these Game of Thrones spin-offs, where do we start?"

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