HBO Boss Explains Reason Behind Game of Thrones 2019 Release

Well, that explains a lot.

With HBO’s recent confirmation that Game of Thrones won’t return for its final season until 2019, the network’s top programming boss Casey Bloys is explaining the reason for that extra-long wait.

Bloys recently told Entertainment Weekly that showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss wanted the extra time to craft the strongest final six episodes possible.

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“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 was also asked about the five Game of Thrones prequels 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 separation between the two. These are among the best writers working and I’m hopeful.”

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