HBO announces 'Game of Thrones' prequel, titled 'House of the Dragon'
Oct 30 2019

HBO announces 'Game of Thrones' prequel, titled 'House of the Dragon'

By: Christian Willbern

For those who were heartbroken to hear the Game of Thrones prequel starring Naomi Watts was axed, wipe your tears. HBO just announced a new (and better sounding) spinoff called House of the Dragon, according to CNN.

Based on George R.R. Martin's Fire and Blood, the series will tell the story of House Targaryen and is set 300 years before the Game of Thrones timeline.

Ryan Condal, who is best known as the showrunner and co-creator of Colony, will write the show based on "a story by Condal and Martin," according to Vice. He will also be the showrunner and serve as executive producers alongside Game of Thrones veteran director Miguel Sapochnik and GoT co-executive producer Vince Gerardis.

HBO Programming President Casey Bloys said in a statement, "the Game of Thrones universe is so rich with stories. We look forward to exploring the origins of House Targaryen and the earlier days of Westeros along with Miguel, Ryan, and George," according to Deadline.

The prequel has been in the works since 2018, and according to Deadline, was "one of the remaining four GoT spinoffs in the works at HBO."

The original prequel that HBO shut down was set to premiere in 2020. That prequel was set 10,000 years before the Game of Thrones timeline. According to the Hollywood Reporter, it would have covered "the horrifying secrets of Westeros' history to the true origin of the White Walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend."

While there is no specific release date for House of the Dragon, George R.R. Martin and Ryan Condal received a straight-to-series order of ten episodes. This means the show will start shooting the season's ten episodes right away, rather than just shooting the pilot.

So, all you Game of Thrones fans, get ready for a lot of dragons and even more bloodshed.

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