HBO Execs on 'Game of Thrones' Spin-Offs: 'We Are Going Big'

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The budget for "Big Little Lies" Season 2 has reportedly escalated mainly due to cast salaries.

"On the budget for the spinoffs: "$50 million (per season) would never fly for what we are trying to do. 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 a show goes on they get more expensive and as shows get more ambitious they will get more expensive", Bloys explained.

The eighth and highly-anticipated final season of Game of Thrones is due to be released in 2019 and HBO executives have promised fans it will not disappoint. "That's why it spawned three, four, five spinoffs". "If David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] had five shows with us, "Game of Thrones" wouldn't be "Game of Thrones", he said.

Considering that both Game of Thrones and Big Little Lies deal with sexual assault, Orsi's choice of words come off as unnecessarily insensitive.

As such, Orsi noted "it feels like corporate malfeasance to not continue it", with HBO now developing "three, four, five spin-offs".

Competing networks are also forcing HBO into a tough spot to spend more.

Orsi, however, did admit that HBO is facing a budget conundrum. "And as me Da used to say, 'Jesus, it's a bit dragged out isn't it?', so we don't want to drag it out".

But before we get to these side-quests, which will arrive at least one year after the conclusion of Game of Thrones, we need to finish up the original series.

The explosive panel continued as Orsi noted that the high costs of additional episodes of Big Little Lies, combined with a slew of potential Game of Thrones spin-offs, could result in financial difficulty if any of the planned Thrones spin-offs make it to series.