Three hundred years before Cersei and Aria, we had fire and blood and the House of Targaryen.
HBO’s President of Programming, Casey Bloys, announced in an interview House of the Dragon, a straight-to-series prequel to Game of Thrones, would debut sometime in 2022. Set three hundred years in the past, the show will be based on George R.R. Martin’s Blood & Fire book and center on House Targaryen, the dragon-lord ancestors of Daenerys.
“They are starting writing,” Bloys told Deadline, referencing Martin as well as Ryan Condal, co-creator of the upcoming prequel show.
Condal and GoT veteran Miguel Sapochnik will partner as showrunners and executive producers, joining both Martin and Vince Gerardis as co-executive producers.
HBO has greenlit ten episodes. It’s also worth noting that aside from the prequel show, HBO had announced four other GoT spinoffs which seem to be on pause at the moment.
“For me for right now, I think getting House of the Dragon on the air will be the number one priority,” Bloys said. “There are no other blinking green lights or anything like that. Sometime down the road who knows, but there are no immediate plans. We are all focusing on House of the Dragon.”
Bloys continued by discussing the other prequel show previously under development with HBO, a pilot starring Naomi Watts and written by Jane Goldman. Unfortunately, this other prequel was not picked up to series.
“In development, in pilots, sometimes things come together, sometimes they don’t,” he said. “One of the things I think Jane took on beautifully, which was a challenge, there was a lot more world creation because she set hers 8,000 years before the (mothership) show, so it required a lot more. That is a big swing.”
Bloys ended the discussion by stating for this exact reason HBO created multiple post-GoT shows in the universe, so the network could find a project that gelled.
“One of the things about House of Dragons, there is a text,” he added, “there is a book so that made it a little bit more of a road map for a series order.”
Look for House of the Dragon sometime in 2022
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