House of Dragon a Game of Thrones prequel is coming. Months after the original Emmy Award-winning series wrapped in 2019, HBO announced a spinoff titled House of the Dragon. The forthcoming prequel was co-created by George R.R. Martin, the author behind the fantasy novels that were adapted into GoT, and Ryan Condal. “The ‘Game of Thrones’ universe is so rich with stories,” Casey Bloys, HBO programming president, previously said in a statement. “We look forward to exploring the origins of House Targaryen and the earlier days of Westeros.”
While fans will have to wait a bit for the prequel, here is everything we know so far about House of the Dragon:
When does the Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon premiere?
Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak in the states, Bloys spoke to Deadline about when the show would likely premiere, saying: “My guess is sometime in 2022.” At the time, he also revealed, “They are starting writing.”
Who is in the cast for the Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon?
Per Entertainment Weekly, casting for the prequel began in July 2020. However, the outlet reported that “no official casting breakdowns” are available yet. HBO had nothing to share with Parade.com at the time of publication.
What is the Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon about?
The new series will tell the story of the House Targaryen, of which the “Mother of Dragons” Daenerys, played by Emilia Clarke, was a member in GoT. The prequel will take place 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones. “Obviously it’s a big, complicated show,” Bloys told Deadline in early 2020.
Is the Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon based on a book?
Yes! The prequel is based on George R.R. Martin’s 2018 book Fire & Blood. For those unfamiliar with the novel, it is the first volume of the definitive two-part history of the Targaryens in Westeros. “Centuries before the events of A Game of Thrones, House Targaryen—the only family of dragonlords to survive the Doom of Valyria—took up residence on Dragonstone. Fire and Blood begins their tale with the legendary Aegon the Conqueror, creator of the Iron Throne, and goes on to recount the generations of Targaryens who fought to hold that iconic seat, all the way up to the civil war that nearly tore their dynasty apart,” a description for the book reads on Martin’s website.
Will George R.R. Martin be involved in the Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon?
The author expects to be involved in the show “to some extent.” In a 2019 blog post, he wrote, “Who knows, if things work out, I may even be able to script a few episodes, as I did for the first four seasons of Game of Thrones.”
Martin noted that he would not write any scripts until he completes Winds of Winter, the sixth installment of the Song of Ice and Fire franchise. Martin penned, “Let me make this perfectly clear… I am not taking on any scripts until I have finished and delivered Winds of Winter. Winter is still coming, and WINDS remains my priority, as much as I’d love to write an episodes of House.”
How many episodes of the Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon will there be?
HBO has ordered 10 episodes.