Here's the real reason why Game of Thrones isn't airing until 2019

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As filming continues on the final (and likely supersized) six episodes of Game Of Thrones for a 2019 run, work also is under way on the five proposed prequels of the blockbuster fantasy series, which will not feature GOT characters.

While speaking at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour on Thursday, HBO programming president Casey Bloys explained that the network plans to let at least one full year pass following Thrones' conclusionbefore debuting any spin-off. We don't want to use it to launch [a new series]. But none of those series bring in even close to the viewership numbers that HBO enjoys with Game of Thrones, and the return of Big Little Lies or True Detective would have helped soften that blow. "Here's what I'll tell you: They take the time they need to do the show at its highest level of quality". We learned past year that 5 Game of Thrones spinoffs are in the works, though only one is likely to make it to air. When asked for details on the upcoming spinoffs, Bloys couldn't reveal anything concrete.

"There are five of them". We have really great writers working on these; it's very exciting. But there's no timetable. I've seen some exciting material. Now, however, we know that season 8 won't come until 2019 which pushing back the earliest possible start date for the spinoff.

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The duo wanted as much time as they could to make the strongest - and most epic - episodes that they possibly could.

The show's penultimate season is currently available in its entirety on HBO Go and HBO Now. "If we do a pilot and series, nothing is going to air on HBO until at least a year after the final season".

While the HBO series premiered on February 19th of a year ago and ended in April, the network has been tight-lipped about when the second season of the series would be announced, or if it was even happening at all.

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