House of the Dragon prequel officially ordered by HBO

The series will focus on the bloody history of House Targaryen.

HBO has officially greenlit a new Game of Thrones prequel series House of the Dragon

Created by author George R.R Martin and Ryan Condal, it’ll be set 300 years before the events of the main show and will explore the history of the Targaryen family. 

Condal will also serve as co-showrunner alongside Miguel Sapochnik, who’s responsible for some of Game of Thrones’ best episodes like Winds of Winter and Battle of the Bastards

Ten episodes were ordered by the broadcaster, all of which were written by Condal, and Sapochnik is to direct the pilot plus a few additional episodes. 

As to be expected from a project in such early stages, a main cast has yet to be found.

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

The news came after HBO announced that a second planned prequel, which was tentatively titled The Long Night, would not be going ahead. 

Again set thousands of years before the events of the main show, it would’ve starred Naomi Watts in an unknown lead role and charted the origins of the mysterious White Walkers. 

A release date for House of the Dragon is currently unknown. 

Source: Variety

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