HBO’s premiere of “Game of Thrones” on Wednesday night was marked with both celebration and a touch of sadness as the eight-year-old show comes to a close. The event marked the end of an era not just for the show but for the network as it transitions to its new owners, AT&T, and has said farewell to its CEO Richard Plepler.
In opening remarks, HBO’s head of programming Casey Bloys thanked Mr. Plepler, describing how he was pivotal in getting the show made, agreeing to approve expensive shoots and reshoots of the show’s pilot episode to get it done right. One wonders if AT&T will give HBO the same latitude with future pilots.
That being said, AT&T didn’t appear to be cutting back with the after party, which was held at the Ziegfield Ballroom in New York City and was packed with media executives like CNN head Jeff Zucker as well as stars like John Oliver and Ethan Hawke.