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Game of Thrones, House Targaryen Prequel Series Nears Pilot Order at HBO: Report

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BY April 27, 2020
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Before the final season of Game of Thrones broke all its best characters, HBO wanted to keep the dragon-party going by developing as many as five series set in that universe. Ultimately only one prequel series earned a green light, but a second may be on the horizon. A reworked version of one of the earlier concepts, a House Targaryen Prequel Series, may be near a pilot order, according to Deadline. The story, from Ryan Condal and George R.R. Martin, will track the beginning of House Targaryen, centuries before the events of the Game of Thrones series and books. Insight into this story and characters may be found in Martin’s latest book Fire and Blood, documenting the history of this important Westeros Family.

What Is House Targaryen?

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For much of the history of Westeros, House Targaryen was, mostly, comprised of fair and even-keeled leaders. It was only towards the end of their reign that they drifted towards violence and madness. In fact, the characters in the Song of Ice and Fire books suggest that Targaryen madness is the result of generations upon generations of inbreeding. Martin revealed on his blog a trio of projects are going forward at HBO. This comes despite a report that all but one of the prequel series in development at HBO ended up scrapped. The House Targaryen prequel series in development is apparently a reworked version of a story by former Game of Thrones producer Bryan Cogman.

The Prequel Series Starring Naomi Watts Is Not About House Targaryen

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The House Targaryen prequel series is “near” a pilot order, which means that HBO may order a single episode to see if the series works. Another untitled prequel series, written by Jane Goldman with Naomi Watts in a lead role, filmed a pilot that is in post-production right now. Set 5000 years before the Game of Thrones series we know, this series (likely to be titled The Long Night) will deal with the creation of the Night King and the White Walkers. This means that familiar family names like Targaryen, Lannister, and others won’t be heard. (Though there may be some Starks.) Also, locations like Dragonstone and King’s landing are still thousands of years away from being built. Essentially, it’s like an entirely new franchise with only vaguely similar elements to the original series.

This new House Targaryen prequel series will still be far in the past from the events of the initial series. Not nearly as far in the past, though. Set about 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones, this show will likely document how House Targaryen fled Old Valyria, set up in Dragonstone, and then went about conquering the seven kingdoms. Of course, unlike Game of Thrones, fans will know going in how the series will end. That may be a good thing. Many fans were unhappy with King Bran First of His Name and the resolution of the show. But it can be difficult to build tension around the Targaryens, knowing they win in the end.

What do you think? Are you excited for the House Targaryen prequel series? What about The Long Night? Tell us in the comments below or on social media.

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Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. The first books he read on his own were comics, and he's loved the medium ever since. He is the greatest star-pilot in the galaxy, a cunning warrior, and a good friend. His book "What I Learned: Stories, Essays, and More" is available in print from Amazon and from all electronic booksellers.

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