There’s no denying that Game of Thrones has earned the fame and love it’s garnered. Over the course of its seven seasons, it’s taken the slow-burn approach to storytelling, carefully crafting its narrative from its more humble origins to the more epic-in-scale battles that we’ve witnessed the past couple seasons.
Given that HBO had no idea if it would have a hit on its hands, it makes sense that the initial episode budgets were substantially less than they are now. In Season 1, each episode cost around $6M. In Season 2, the Battle of Blackwater episode was $8M. Each episode of Season 6 was $10M. In the upcoming eighth season, its six episodes will have a total of $100M budget, meaning each one will just shy of $17M. Sure, the episodes are set to be around 80-90 minutes each, but that’s still quite the climb from $6M an episode.
But what about the inevitable spinoffs? Will they need to take the same slow-burn approach that Game of Thrones did, or will HBO be able to pour money into the projects from the get-go? Speaking at the INTV conference in Isreal, HBO senior VP of drama Francesca Orsi said the budget would skew closer to the average budget of the later seasons of the show:
“$50 million (per season) would never fly for what we are trying to do. We are going big.”
But just how big will they go? At this point, it’s impossible to say, but we do know that they are currently developing a handful of spinoffs. However, when all said and done, it sounds like, rather than actually produce five spinoffs, they’ll just produce the stronger ones that have survived their tumultuous development process. At the end of the day, we may just get one of them, which would allow them to dump their resources in guilt-free (plus, there would likely be much less likely chance of Westeros burnout).
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