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. Not only did Bloys update the progress on Games of Thrones‘ final season, he teased the potential spinoffs in the works, plus gave news on True Detective Season 3 and the Deadwood reunion movie.
Earlier this week, HBO confirmed that Game of Thrones will not return for its final, six-episode season until sometime in 2019.
Now, Bloys has revealed the reasoning behind the delay: the showrunners want to take their time in creating the biggest, most visually-spectacular episodes to date.
Last year, it was confirmed that the network is working on multiple prequels to replace Game of Thrones when it finally leaves the airwaves.
Bloys says the prequels are “moving along,” but it will be at least a year after Game of Thrones ends before we’ll see one of the new projects hit the screen.
HBO also announced the third season of their anthology series True Detective will not make it to air until next year either.
According to Bloys, the network just doesn’t think the show will be ready in time, so though no firm release date has been set, it will be sometime in 2019.
The Deadwood movie is also “looking very good,” according to the exec, with the potential to finally begin filming sometime this year.
As you might expect, it’s a matter of logistics, as all of the show’s stars are now appearing in other television shows on different networks.
The critically-acclaimed western show was canceled by HBO in 2006 when creator David Milch could not come to an agreement with the network on how to wrap up the series. The idea of a follow-up film or miniseries was first floated almost immediately after the show ended.