HBO’s secret weapon to continue squeezing its golden goose and not screw it up in the attempt

‘The House of the Dragon’ has been a success, but the prestigious chain and platform is very clear that there is something above all else when it comes to continuing to bet on the universe that began with ‘Game of Thrones’.

Since it was confirmed that it would finally be a reality on HBO, the house of the dragon It went on to become, and rightly so, one of the series that generated the most expectation among viewers for years, but, Until we could verify with our own eyes that we were facing a new wonder set in Westeros, the doubts did not stop being there. Game of Thrones It had been one of the biggest television phenomena in history and that was undeniable, but its final stretch had been most divisive among viewers and its outcome ended with a kind of bittersweet aftertaste that didn’t exactly leave us wanting more. At least in the short term.

However, HBO had already announced to great fanfare its intention to develop an entire universe set in Westeros and commissioned an initial number of potential projects to which a few more were later added. One of them, the one starring Naomi Watts set in times before the creation of the White Walkers, even went into production at a cost of 30 million dollars, although it ended up being discarded after the result was not convincing.

The multiple “assignments” of HBO, the most recent a ‘spin-off’ focused on the life of Jon Snow (Kit Harington) beyond the Wall, to expand the universe that began the adaptation of George’s Song of Ice and Fire RR Martin are definitive proof that the chain is clear that it continues to trust fully in the creative possibilities it offers, but the fact that he is working on potential projects does not mean that they will all materialize.

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With the house of the dragon they have done well, there is no doubt about that, but a false step could crumble the recovered confidence of the fans. However, to carry out his plans and continue squeezing his golden goose without “screwing up” in the attempt, HBO has self-imposed a maxim that they value absolutely above all else: “A good script is the main priority.”

The company is clear that they must test, develop and produce, but that they will only give the green light to projects that, such as the adaptation of fire and blood, prove to be a real gem. AND if for that they have to throw 30 million dollars in the trash, they have already shown that they will do it. And that’s your upgrade weapon.

My philosophy is that a good script is the number one priority. I don’t do it based on wanting to have one a year, or two a year. I want to do it based on the scripts that we are excited about

This is how HBO director Casey Bloys explains it in an interview with Variety in which he has also talked about other projects. “Remember that so that the house of the dragon follow Game of Thrones we had to develop many series. We shot a pilot, developed a bunch of scripts, and got the house of the dragon“.

“Doing it again is going to take us the same amount of effort. You have to develop many things, test things. You never know what’s going to work,” Bloys says of his next venture into Martin’s rich universe. So we’re currently doing that. I’m not opposed to any number of series. There’s probably a natural limit to how many fans want, but I’m open to anyone as long as we feel good about the scripts and the perspectives of a series.”