HBO senior VP of drama, Francesca Orsi, seemed to confirm this while speaking with The Hollywood Reporter. She mentioned that "None of the cast had received the scripts prior, and one by one they started falling down to their deaths".
Casey Bloys, president of HBO Programming, confirmed that HBO has given the go-ahead for the series, which follows a group of high-school students as they attempt to cope with drugs, sex and violence in an effort to make sense of an uncertain future. "It was wonderful", she said.
While the series will end with a six-episode season, HBO hopes to continue the magic with multiple spinoffs now in development.
While continuing the show through "three, four, five" spinoffs was teased - with the alternative being compared to "corporate malfeasance" - the main draw here was the show's eighth and final season finale. "We are extremely proud of Big Little Lies and excited for the second season".
It's doubtful that we're going to see an much more dialogue moving forward regarding the Big Little Lies cast salaries - we really shouldn't. Orsi said when HBO picked up In Treatment in 2008 - adapted from the HOT series BeTipul - it was a real turning point.
She acknowledged, though, that the transition from a one-season effort to a second season was a financial hurdle, requiring huge renegotiations with the cast.
"We gave the greenlight (for the series) on Friday", Bloys told the audience at the INTV conference in Jerusalem on Tuesday. Many first time watchers naively say something like "I really like that Ned Stark guy, I think he would be a good, fair king, I hope he gets the Iron Throne". "That's a very valuable talent".
The final season of Game of Thrones will premiere on HBO in 2019.