HBO chief Richard Plepler attended the network’s post-Golden Globes party on Sunday night where he revealed he’s been privileged to see something few have at this point – the rough cuts of all six episodes of the final season of “Game of Thrones”.
Speaking with Variety about them and showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, Plepler says: “It’s a spectacle. The guys have done six movies. The reaction I had while watching them was, ‘I’m watching a movie’. They knew the bar was high. They’ve exceeded the bar. I’ve watched them twice without any CGI and I’m in awe. Everybody’s in for an extraordinary treat of storytelling and of magical, magical production.”
While the final season is shorter than previous ones, the new episodes are said to clock in at runtimes of around 80-90 minutes each as opposed to the show’s usual 50-60 minute runtimes. HBO unveiled the first footage of the season on Sunday in a brief clip, while a first trailer is expected in the next few weeks.