‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel ‘House of the Dragon’ Officially Ordered to Series at HBO

A new ‘Game of Thrones’ sequel titled ‘House of the Dragon’ has been picked up to series for a 10 episode first season on HBO…

A new ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel will reign with fire and blood.

On Tuesday, HBO announced that ‘House of the Dragon’ — the first official ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel after the end of the original series earlier this year — has been ordered for a 10 episode first season.

‘House of the Dragon’ comes from ‘Game of Thrones’ creator George R.R. Martin and Ryan Condal (Colony) with Condal also on board to act as co-showrunner alongside Miguel Sapochnik. Fans of ‘Game of Thrones’ will remember Sapochnik as a regular director on the series after he helmed famous episodes such as ‘Battle of the Bastards’ and ‘The Long Night’ during the final season.

Sapochnik is also set to direct the debut episode as well as additional episodes during the first season.

Based on George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood, the series, which is set 300 years before the events of “Game of Thrones,” tells the story of House Targaryen. Based on the timeline, ‘House of the Dragon’ will start with the reign of Aegon Targaryen, who conquered the Seven Kingdoms in the name of his family and brought all of Westeros under his control.

“The ‘Game of Thrones’ universe is so rich with stories,” HBO programming president Casey Bloys said. “We look forward to exploring the origins of House Targaryen and the earlier days of Westeros along with Miguel, Ryan and George.”

Martin’s original book ‘Fire and Blood’, which serves as the basis of the series, details the origins of House Targaryen starting with Aegon conquering the Seven Kingdoms and then concluding with the infamous Targaryen civil war known as the ‘Dance of the Dragons’. You can read more about that story from the history of ‘Game of Thrones’ from our past Send the Ravens column that detailed the bloody war known as the ‘Dance of the Dragons’.

Now the downside to this new ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel being brought to series is that the other prequel that had already shot a pilot has been cancelled. That series from Martin and Jane Goldman was expected to take place thousands of years before the events in ‘Game of Thrones’ with rumors swirling that it would follow the story known as ‘The Long Night’, which features the first appearance of the White Walkers when they invaded Westeros.

The unnamed ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel had already shot a pilot starring Naomi Watts in the lead role but unfortunately it appears that series will never see the light of day — or at least not the version that was previously completed.

As of now there’s no word when ‘House of the Dragon’ will debut but considering the show was just announced, it’s not likely any kind of production would even hope to start until sometime in 2020.

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