As HBO says goodbye to the Seven Kingdoms, a look at the network’s future
HBO has been the envy of the TV world for the better part of two decades, with a seemingly unbroken chain of critical and ratings hits featuring A-list talent that has nabbed the network a ton of Emmys, and healthy profits.
And by far, HBO’s biggest-ever success has been “Game of Thrones,” a show that over eight seasons has been an unmatched pop culture juggernaut that continues to set ratings records. But as the curtain finally closes on the Seven Kingdoms with Sunday’s series finale, HBO is at a fork in the road. The show ends one week after the series finale of another major success, “Veep,” and there’s no clear successor in the wings.
That’s why it’s understandable that earlier this year, in his first few weeks as WarnerMedia entertainment chairman, Bob Greenblatt had to field the same question over and over: “What happens to HBO after ‘Game of Thrones?'”
“[HBO is] thrilled to have had something like ‘Game of Thrones,” Greenblatt told TheWrap just before the show’s eighth season premiere last month. “But, there’s a lot of things on the horizon that I think are going to make this network very compelling for the next couple of…
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