HBO recently announced the big news in regards to the 8th and final season of Game of Thrones. Fans aren’t entirely happy about two things. The season will only contain six episodes and the premiere won’t occur until 2019. So, no new Game of Thrones episodes hit the pay channel at any point in 2018. The six-episode season shouldn’t be too problematic since the running time extends to 90 minutes per episode. Waiting until 2019, however, leads to much frustration among fans of the exceptional hit series.
The long wait for the final season does present a major benefit. The extended pre-production and actual shooting schedule allow the creative team to end the series in a manner pleasing to fans. A disappointing final season could prove disastrously underwhelming. Taking the necessary time to finish the series on the proper note should make fans happy and accepting of the wait.
HBO also has the opportunity to establish a new franchise series in the eyes of dedicated viewers. Westworld proved to be a critical and audience hit. The reimagining of the classic science fiction movie definitely pleased fans of the speculative genre. HBO also has the opportunity to establish a new franchise series in the eyes of dedicated viewers. Westworld proved to be a critical and audience hit. The reimagining of the classic science fiction movie definitely pleased fans of the speculative genre.
At present, the audience figures for Westworld do not even remotely rise to the level of Game of Thrones. Anyone with reasonable expectations for the series understands quite a bit of time is necessary to build up an audience. Game of Thrones did not reach gigantic viewership heights overnight. Over the course of the first few seasons, the series gradually increased its audience. Eventually, the compelling fantasy melodrama rose to become HBO’s most successful original program.
With Westworld, HBO also chose not to debut the second season during the year immediately following the first season. Skipping a year was considered a risk, but anticipation has been building for season two. Fans are not likely to depart the series simply because they experienced a long wait. The ratings should be strong. Most definitely, the ratings for the final season of Game of Thrones will be strong. The additional year gives many people have never watched Game of Thrones previous the chance to view DVDs and play catch-up. The eventual audience figures for the final season should be tremendous.