HBO announced Tuesday that its GoT prequel project about the Targaryen civil war has officially received a full series order.
The title: House of the Dragon. Ten episodes have been ordered.
Also announced: Emmy-winning GoT director Miguel Sapochnik will serve as co-showrunner and direct the pilot. Sapochnik directed acclaimed episodes such as “Battle of the Bastards,” “Hardhome” and “The Long Night.”
The new prequel was co-created by author George R.R. Martin and Ryan Condal (Colony) — who will also be a showrunner on the series.
A poster was also released with the tagline “Fire Will Reign”:
“The Game of Thrones universe is so rich with stories,” says Casey Bloys, president, HBO programming. “We look forward to exploring the origins of House Targaryen and the earlier days of Westeros along with Miguel, Ryan and George.”
House of the Dragon is based on Martin’s 2019 book Fire & Blood, a history of House Targaryen that spans roughly 150 years. GoT writer-producer Bryan Cogman originally developed the project at the network. Like the other prequel, the story takes place long before the events in GoT, but not nearly as far back as the Goldman project (a couple hundred years before Ned Stark and Daenerys Targaryen, give or take). So Westeros will look different than it is in Game of Thrones, but not too dramatically different based on what Martin has written about the era.
House of the Dragon also takes place during a time in Westeros that has plenty of dramatic established history penned by Martin to serve as a backbone for a story, whereas the pilot only had some vague references to build on.
The events in the new series will eventually lead up to The Dance of the Dragons, a massive civil war in the Seven Kingdoms held between two rival branches of House Targaryen.
Saint of Killers wrote:Book 1? Is this another incomplete work they're basing the show on?
Not really, it covers half of the Targaryen history from Aegon the Conqueror through to the end of the Dance of Dragons (the Targaryen Civil War). Even if Book 2 which covers Baelor and the Mad King never gets released, there's still complete stories they can tell.
Got more hope for this than I did for the prequels set thousands of years before Game of Thrones, which I was fearing was basically going to be the white walker plot line from GoT but where the Night King retreats back north rather than defeated.
I’ve not started Fire and Blood Vol 1 yet, just about finished The World of Ice and Fire though so this will be up next. Sounds like they will have plenty of stories to choose from, two I'd ideally like to see is Aegon’s landing and the Dance of Dragons.