HBO has been a company in transition over the past few days. Late last week, HBO made headlines when their former CEO, Richard Plepler, stepped down after three decades of leading the company. During his tenure, Plepler ushered in hit series like Girls, Insecure, Entourage and much more. Most notably, Plepler gave the green light to the biggest show in the network’s history, Game of Thrones. As Plepler exits the network, his replacement, Bob Greenblatt, will have to decide what to do with the television hit as it enters its eighth season.
During an interview earlier today, Greenblatt spoke about all things HBO and Warner Media. At one point, Greenblatt was asked about the possibility of a Game of Thrones spin-off. Greenblatt responded, “I think to figure out a way to sustain ‘Game of Thrones’ or the ‘Game of Thrones’ world for the future is a really good idea — if it makes sense creatively and if everybody is on board.” However, he later added, “Because the last thing you want to do is roll out a spinoff or two and they’re not up to the standard of the original show and then you’ve gajust sort of failed miserably.”
Greenblatt’s support of the series spin-off is vital. While the official spin-off for Game of Thrones is set to begin production later this year, it hasn’t officially gotten the go ahead from new management. Hopefully, Greenblatt doesn’t turn HBO into Netflix.