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The Game of Thrones’ Prequel ‘House of The Dragon’: Everything We Know So Far

The Game of Thrones’ Prequel ‘House of The Dragon’: Everything We Know So Far

Game of Thrones is making a return to our TV screens with a prequel series known as House of the Dragon. Here's everything we know about it so far!

While speaking to Deadline in a recent interview during TCA, Casey Bloys, HBO's President of Programming said that House of the Dragon, the prequel to Game of Thrones will be expected to hit TV screens sometime in 2022. Bloys had the following to say about this:

"My guess is sometime in 2022."

It would make sense since right now it's just too early to think of something as a release date at this point.

Bloys also said that George RR Martin and Ryan Condal, who are leading this project, are just starting to write. This announcement was made on Wednesday, January 15 to certain media outlets at the Television Critics Association winter press tour.

Bloys also had the following to say regarding any Game of Thrones spinoffs:

“For me for right now, I think getting House of the Dragon on the air will be the number one priority. 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.”

What Is ‘House of the Dragon’?

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'House of the Dragon' is based on Martin's 'A Song of Ice and Fire' book series along with other related materials and was picked up by HBO following an announcement by WarnerMedia to its investors back in October 2019.

House of the Dragon had been in development for quite some time now. As a matter of fact, it was Martin himself who wrote on his blog responding to a fan request about the series getting a follow-up of some kind. He said:

"It was actually the first concept I pitched to HBO when we started talking about a successor show, way back in the summer of 2016.”

What’s the Story of the Prequel Going to Be like?

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The story of 'House of the Dragon' will be taking place 300 years prior to the story of Game of Thrones. The prequel's story will revolve around the House Targaryen during a very violent and disastrous era. The point of the conflict was to decide who should sit on the familiar Iron Throne.

When asked to elaborate more about the show, Martin simply cheese that he "can't actually spill those beans, but you might want to pick up a copy of two anthologies I did with Gardner Dozois, Dangerous Women, and Rogues, and then move on to Archmaester Gyldayn’s history, Fire & Blood."

According to press materials, 'Dangerous Women' features a novella written by Martin known as 'The Blacks and the Greens' or 'The Princess and the Queen.' This novella depicts the civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons, which wreaked havoc upon Westeros almost 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones.

Martin's other story Rogues, on the other hand, tells the story about "a King's Brother or The Roque Prince" which depicts the life of Prince Daemon Targaryen, including his marriages, adventures, early life, as well as misdeeds. He was considered to be one of 'Ice and Fire's' biggest rogues in history.

And lastly is Fire and Blood, a novel that was released back in November 2018. It was the first of the Targaryens two-part history in Westeros. 

The book's description on Martin's website reads, "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 & 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.”

Cast

Unfortunately, with the series just being announced, there haven't been any actors that have been cast for any specific role as of right now.

Release Date

As stated according to the announcement by HBO, sometime in 2022.

When Does the Story Take Place?

About 400 years before the events of Game of Thrones, the Targaryen’s had settled in Dragonstone. Between 129 to 131 AC – which was after Westeros was conquered by Aegon I – there was a war of succession known as the Dance of the Dragons.

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