HBO has started early development on additional “Game of Thrones” series including one based on the “Tales of Dunk and Egg”….
“Game of Thrones” remains one of HBO’s biggest properties and the network is now planning to invest in additional prequel series that already under development.
The first prequel series “House of the Dragon,” which will chronicle the epic Targaryan civil war known as “The Dance of Dragons” is expected to debut on HBO in 2022. A second series had been in development that was expected to travel back to the first encounter between mankind and the White Walkers but that show was scrapped after a pilot episode was filmed.
Now HBO has started to develop at least one more series set in the “Game of Thrones” universe, this time turning towards a trio of popular novellas written by author George R.R. Martin.
The series known as the “Tales of Dunk and Egg” are comprised of three separate books — “The Hedge Knight” from 1998, “The Sworn Sword” fom 2003, and “The Mystery Knight” from 2010 — before later being collected into one novel titled “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms,” which was released in 2015.
The “Tales of Dunk and Egg” detail the relationship between a hedge knight named Duncan the Tall and his young squire nicknamed ‘Egg,’ who in reality is Aegon V Targaryen — a future King who would sit on the Iron Throne.
The stories in those three books tell the adventures of Duncan training Egg as his squire in events that take place approximately 90 years before the main “Game of Thrones’ novels. Throughout their travels together, Duncan becomes quite a famous knight throughout the Seven Kingdoms before eventually becoming the Lord Commander of the Kingsguard under King Aegon.
As for Aegon, he eventually became an unlikely king since he was actually fourth in the line of succession under his father Maekar I Targaryen. Aegon’s brother Aemon is a name that should be familiar to “Game of Thrones” fans because he was Maester Aemon of the Night’s Watch, who took a special interest in both Jon Snow and Samwell Tarly before he passed away. In his dying moments, Maester Aemon actually called out to his brother “Egg,” which was reference to King Aegon.
While early development has started on a series based on the “Tales of Dunk and Egg,” a separate report from EW added that HBO is also exploring more potential spinoffs set in the “Game of Thrones” universe. One possibility is detailing the events of Robert’s Rebellion, which was the famous uprising led by Robert Baratheon that saw the Targaryen dynasty come to an end. Those are the direct events that preceded “Game of Thrones” just 16 years prior to the TV series.
Of course much like the original prequel series in the works at HBO, these are all in the early development stage and there’s no telling if any of them will eventually make it to television or HBO Max. Obviously, the network is making a heavy investment in “Game of Thrones” related properties including the upcoming “House of the Dragon” series due out next year.