HBO drama chief Francesca Orsi spoke on a panel in Jerusalem, and confirmed actresses Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman were able to negotiate a massive raise for season two of the show, particularly given Apple's foray into television.
Orsi went on to say that after the reading of the final sex scripts, the cast stood up and applauded for 15 to 20 minutes. "When we were in Belfast in October, Casey said "it feels like corporate malfeasance" to not continue it", said Orsi, "which is why it's spawned 3, 4, 5 Game of Thrones spinoffs".
HBO executives said they hope to "continue the magic" of GoT with the spinoffs, which Orsi assured will live up to the original, saying the channel was "going big".More news: US Deaths Tied to 'Ubiquitous but Insidious' Lead: 410K a Year
Pictures have also surfaced of a £1m castle set being built in Belfast, so expect this final season to be big.
There's no denying that it's hard to wait around for the return of GoT, and we already know the premiere of season 8 won't be until 2019 for a number of reasons - Kit Harington and Rose Leslie's wedding, longer episodes to film, etc. But HBO itself has said very little since the initial announcement. "We are going big", Orsi said.
She acknowledged, though, that the transition from a one-season effort to a second season was a financial hurdle, requiring huge renegotiations with the cast, given that they didn't have any options in place.
In a wide-ranging discussion, Bloys also touched on competition with Netflix, noting that the streaming giant was "in the volume business", while HBO was "in the curation business".More news: New 2018 Ford Fiesta ST: Limited Slip-Diff, Launch Control and more
Bloys said Netflix's volume demands explained the company's recent mega-deals with Ryan Murphy and Shonda Rhimes.
But new details have surfaced about the Game of Thrones finale.
Orsi added that sometimes the Israeli series are "so good that we don't even want to adapt".More news: Facebook is a "beast" of dissension and conflict