?$50 million (per season) would never fly for what we are trying to do, we are going big," says Francesca Orsi, HBO senior vp of drama. Details remain scarce about the hotly-anticipated spin-offs (HBO prefers the term ?successor shows?) that will follow Game of Thrones when the epic fantasy series ends its run next year. But HBO executives have made one thing clear: they aren't playing it safe. Speaking at a panel titled "The Best of HBO" at the INTV conference in Israel Tuesday, Francesca Orsi, HBO senior vp of drama, said the network has budgeted the Game of Thrones spin-offs near the level of the original series, and above the budget GoT had in its first few seasons. ?$50 million (per season) would never fly for what we are trying to do.