Thursday, January 16, 2020


Television-wise, the epic medieval fantasy story about the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros ended already on the HBO series “Game of Thrones” last year, even if the source novels written by George R.R. Martin, “A Song of Ice and Fire,” have not actually reached their conclusion. Fans might blame Martin spending time writing spinoff prequels to the setting such as the novelettes about “Dunk and Egg” (Sir Duncan the Tall and the future King Aegon V), and the history of House Targaryen which united Westeros under the Iron Throne. The latter is being developed into a new HBO series, but the wait will be rather long.

The Verge tells us that HBO has ordered straight to series a new show based on the World of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin. “House of the Dragon” will be a distant prequel to the 2011-19 “Game of Thrones” series that introduced Westeros to the mainstream TV audience. Taking place around three centuries before the beginning of “Thrones,” the new show will chronicle the history of the dragon-riding Targaryen Family that founded the Iron Throne monarchy. Speaking of distant, while development of the series has begun, it will not premiere until about 2022.

Such was the estimated release timetable given by HBO president for programming Casey Bloys, who also remarked that this was the “Game of Thrones” spinoff – out of several proposed – that the cable network will concentrate work on. “Sometime down the road who knows, but there are no immediate plans,” says Bloys. “We are all focusing on ‘House of the Dragon’.” This series, like “Thrones” before it, will be based on one of Martin’s side-story books, “Fire and Blood,” of which the first part was published in November of last year.

George R.R. Martin had planned his anthology of stories about the Targaryen Dynasty to come out in two parts. There is no concrete plan on what “House of the Dragon” will cover in its planned 10 episodes, though it will likely cover key events in Westerosi history such as the initial conquest of the continent by Aegon I and his sister-wives Rhaenys and Visenya, and the Targaryen Civil War that was the Dance of the Dragons which cost the ruling house its fire-breathing mounts which intimidated the land into submission. All these incidents would lead to the weakening of the Targaryens until deposed in Robert’s Rebellion, years before the events of “Game of Thrones” occur.

“House of the Dragon” will be developed by show-runners Miguel Sapochnik and Ryan Condal. They will also serve as executive producers alongside George R.R. Martin and Vince Geradis. With its premiere not until 2022, no casting news has been shared.

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