HBO’s “Thrones” Final Season Won’t Go Theatrical

We’ve only thirteen episodes of HBO’s fantasy epic “Game of Thrones” left to indulge in, with seven of them making up the seventh season which premieres this coming Sunday.

The last six won’t be until the eighth season next year at the earliest, but with each rumored to be boasting a near feature length runtime.

Despite this, HBO president of programming Casey Bloys tells THR there’s no plans to give any or all of that last season a limited or wide theatrical run be it on regular screens or on IMAX as has been done with some key previous episodes. He says straight up: “This is for subscribers.”

Bloys also spoke at length about the potential spinoffs in the works with four stories being pitched but none ready for presentation yet. One thing the HBO boss is determined to do is not oversaturate the franchise:

“This show is very special. I’m not looking to have as many as possible. My sense right now is we would be very lucky if one of the four rises to the level that we have set. Now, theoretically, what if they’re all great? That’s a high-class problem that I’ll solve when it comes to that.

But knowing what we know about the development process, that’s why we wanted to increase our odds. But I do not see a scenario where we have more than one. But again, high-class problem.

We’ve got some really amazing writers so I’m hopeful. It would be nice to find something else there. HBO will survive with or without a prequel. But that said, the world is so rich, it’d be great if we could crack one… I want to be mindful of overdoing it. I look at this universe as very precious resource. I do not want to overexploit it.”

“Game of Thrones” returns to screens this Sunday July 16th on HBO. Check out some new photos from the premiere episode below: