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Speaking to reporters at the Television Critics Association's Winter Press Tour, HBO's programming president Casey Bloys spilled the beans on a number of upcoming shows and films.

Game of Thrones season eight premiers in 2019. Now HBO is starting to do this too, with Westworld returning this spring after a two-year break and four more of the channel's major titles either officially confirmed to skip (or extremely likely to skip) this year due to various reasons, some beyond the network's control. Bloys also talked about the upcoming five "Game of Thrones" prequels, which are now in development on the network.

Credit HBO  Game of Thrones
Credit HBO Game of Thrones

"This story, 'A Song of Fire and Ice, ' is done". These are big shows that take a long time to make, so the odds are pretty good that once the final season of Game of Thrones is airing, the first spinoff may already be in production. As we detailed previously, the final season of Game of Thrones will only feature six episodes, though there are rumblings that each episode may be as long as a full length movie, which is to say somewhere in the hour and a half range. These things take time. We're not doing a final season and then, "Following it at 11 p.m". They love working together and they're really fun to work with. When asked how many will actually get made, Bloys said, "I'll do anywhere from zero to five!". Not everybody is on the same schedule, so I've seen different versions of different things that are potentially exciting.

While a stellar Season 8 will undoubtedly be fantastic in 2019, waiting through all of 2018 without new episodes might be a little rough for fans, especially if the folks at the show are paranoid about preventing spoilers from leaking. We learned a year ago that 5 Game of Thrones spinoffs are in the works, though only one is likely to make it to air. "I'm happy with what I'm seeing but don't have a time table yet in terms of how we're going to make decision".

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