Winter is Coming. Again. Trying to capitalize upon the popularity of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire universe following Game of Thrones, HBO has long been searching for a spinoff based in that universe. Hours after news broke that HBO’s first Game of Thrones prequel, which was developed by screenwriter Jane Goldman and starred Naomi Watts, had been killed, another rose from the ashes.
HBO and WarnerMedia have announced that a separate prequel called House of the Dragon was ordered to series at the premium network. The first of several reported spinoffs to receive an actual series order, House of the Dragon will bring us back to a Westeros that is both familiar and foreign by focusing on House Targaryen, 300 years before the events of the original series. Here’s everything we know about the upcoming prequel so far.
In an interview with Deadline, HBO President of Programming Casey Bloys said the new series will air “sometime in 2022.” Bloys did not offer additional detail about the show except to say that writing for the series is underway and that although several other Game of Thrones successors are in the works, House of the Dragon is the primary focus.
“There are no other blinking green lights or anything like that,” Bloys said. “Sometime down the road who knows, but there are no immediate plans. We are all focusing on House of the Dragon.”
House of the Dragon should be available on HBO and HBO Max, WarnerMedia’s upcoming streaming service.
The production team
House of the Dragon was co-created by A Song of Ice and Fire author and Game of Thrones executive producer George R.R. Martin and screenwriter Ryan Condal. Condal will pen the pilot and is expected to serve as showrunner alongside Game of Thrones veteran Miguel Sapochnik, who will direct the first episode.
The series is co-created by @GRRMSpeaking and Ryan Condal. Miguel Sapochnik will partner with Condal as showrunner and will direct the pilot and additional episodes. Condal will be writing the series. pic.twitter.com/9ttMzElgXm
— Game of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) October 29, 2019
Notably absent from the production team are David Benioff and D.B. Weiss who served as creators and showrunners for Game of Thrones. After that series ended, they famously admitted they weren’t initially qualified for the gig. No word on when or if they will become involved with House of the Dragon.
House of the Dragon is based on George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones tie-in Fire & Blood, and is set about 300 years before the flagship series. It centers on the trials of House Targaryen, the noble family that conquered Westeros and united the Seven Kingdoms, that eventually produced Daenerys, who was both one Game of Thrones‘ most beloved heroes and most fearsome villains.
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