Game of Thrones stars 'in tears' over ending

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

While the series will end with a six-episode season, HBO hopes to continue the magic with multiple spinoffs now in development.

"From a budget standpoint going into season two of Big Little Lies without any options in place we've been... um... short of raped". The only problem: They had only commissioned the cast and producers - including stars Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Laura Dern - for the limited series.

"As a show goes on they get more expensive and as shows get more ambitious they will get more expensive", Bloys explained.

There are now five Thrones prequels (HBO prefers you call them "successor shows") in development.

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Speaking at a panel titled "The Best of HBO" at the INTV conference in Israel Tuesday, Francesca Orsi, HBO senior VP of drama, said the network has budgeted the Game of Thrones spin-offs near the level of the original series, and above the budget GoT had in its first few seasons. Orsi said. "We can't obviously start with the budget of season 8 but would it be a "Game of Thrones" season three budget?"

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

The executives also discussed competing with Netflix and its unrivaled spending.

"There is a conundrum if we do take off on one of these G'ame of Thrones" spin-offs, where do we start?" Given all of the money HBO routinely makes, you know that they are still able to afford it. "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".

As for the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones, which is set to premiere in early 2019, Orsi brought up the emotional table read for the final episode.

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