House of the Dragon will be the only Game of Thrones prequel moving forward at HBO, as reported after a whirlwind day of GoT news. Back in May of 2017, HBO announced that they were working on four prequels to the acclaimed HBO drama. One by one, those projects fell like contenders for the Iron Throne, until only one remains.
One Prequel Falls As Another Rises
This news came mere hours after HBO cancelled another Game of Thrones prequel starring Naomi Watts. That series got the axe after a screening of the pilot episode. Immediately following this news was the report that House of the Dragon has received a full 10-episode series order.
Emmy-award winning Game of Thrones director Miguel Sapochnik will be one of the showrunners for House of the Dragon. Sapochnik is well-regarded as one of the visionaries of the original Game of Thrones series, directing many of the show’s pivotal episodes. It was his directorial style that set much of the visual tone and style of the series. With Sapochnik at the helm, there is at least one Game of Thrones veteran onboard. Ryan Condal, the creator/writer of the USA show Colony will also join the series as a writer.
When Will House of The Dragon Take Place?
There is not much information about House of the Dragon, except that it will take place 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones. This lines up the timeline with the Targaryen conquest of Westeros. The series will draw from information that Martin has written in his recent book Fire and Blood – an encyclopedia-like tome of Targaryen history and lore. This means that we will likely see Aegon Targaryen (first of his name) melting down the swords of all the kings of Westeros to form the famous iron throne. Other notable Targaryens of this time period are Aegon’s sisters (and wives) Rhaenys and Visenya. All three of these Targaryens have their own dragons, so the CGI budget for the series will have to be significant.
Was This Always HBO’s Plan?
In 2017, Variety reported on the potential GoT prequels and reported the following quote from a network spokesman: “We’ll take as much or as little time as the writers need and, as with all our development, we will evaluate what we have when the scripts are in.” It seems as though the network executives did just that, they evaluated their options and found the other prequels lacking for one reason or another. So they are throwing all of their money into this one dragon-heavy Game of Thrones prequel, instead of spreading that budget thin among several GOT spin-offs.
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When HBO first explored their prequel options in 2017, the network was still riding on a Game of Thrones high, before the controversial final season aired. It was apparent that HBO was unwilling to let go of the franchise, and were turning to George R.R. Martin’s history of Westeros (and beyond) for more options. It seems that in ordering all of these different scripts and pilots, HBO was weighing their options. It is likely that they only ever planned on picking up one of the shows, and in the end it was House of the Dragon that won.
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