What Casey Bloys (and Bob Greenblatt) Learned From Richard Plepler’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Patience

There are lots of lessons to be taken from “Game of Thrones”: tutorials in power, the importance of debt-paying, and the tricky business of alliances. But perhaps the greatest takeaway for HBO is one about patience — and Jon Snow’s got nothing on Richard Plepler.

The former HBO chairman and CEO has been enjoying a victory lap over the huge show he famously greenlit despite having a lackluster pilot. We asked Plepler’s understudy, Casey Bloys, and his replacement, Bob Greenblatt,...

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