Very interesting report from Deadline Hollywood‘s Nellie Andreeva following an interview with Franesca Orsi, HBO’s head of drama. It’s a wide-ranging interview covering a lot of HBO’s shows, but for our purposes, the most interesting tidbits relate to House of the Dragon, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight, and potential other Westeros shows.
Addressing the on-going production of season 2 of House of the Dragon, Orsi noted that HBO was fully prepared to rewrite and reshoot anything that needed fixing once the WGA strike ends and the writers can take up their pens again to do writing work, but until then they are confident with the completed scripts they had to work with and have not dealyed producation at all. Speaking of a potential season 3 approval, it sounds like they’re not far from giving an immediate go ahead to season 3 to try and improve the turnaround from season to season. That said, how many seasons for the show in total remains a question:
“George and Ryan are going to meet after the writers strike. They had originally planned to meet before the strike took place and that was to figure out at what point the series itself was going to end. Is it four seasons? I don’t think from where I sit at this point will be any less than four. But could be more. We’ll see.”
As to The Hedge Knight, Orsi says that part of HBO’s interest in it lay in the fact that it’s got a less expansive story, with fewer locations and also less visual effects, especially as the stories all take place after the last dragon has died. The ideal for HBO is that the series can air yearly, with each season corresponding to one of the three currently published novellas. We suspect this means each season may be quite short—six episodes, say, a format that is increasingly common—which will better suit the source material (which were all successfully adapted into six issue comic book adaptations).
Finally, on other successor shows, HBO is more non-commital:
“... they’re so nascent at this point that it’s more of a moot point until we realize them as real contenders for production greenlight,” Orsi said, adding “But yes, we’re exploring a few worlds in George’s canon and body of work.””
Last but not least, the Snow spinoff is mentioned, but it appears to be in very early stages and there’s no determination as to whether it’s going forward or not.