Casting for the Game of Thrones prequel series, House of the Dragon, has officially begun according to Entertainment Weekly, and it’s hoped to be a lot better than the final series of GoT.
Pre-production is now said to be underway, with the series tentatively hoping to hit screens by 2022. Of course, with COVID-19-related delays still rampant, it’s best to take any dates with a pinch of salt right now.
It’s also worth noting that this is one of the two GoT prequels which were planned, the other having been scrapped. You can catch up on that story here.
Not too much is known about House of the Dragon, other than the fact that it’s a prequel series with a focus on the history of the Targaryen family. It’s believed to be based upon author George R. R. Martin’s novel, Fire & Blood, which is a deep dive into the bloodlines of the notoriously mad family.
If you haven’t read it, Fire & Blood explore the Targaryen history from around 300 years before the events of Game Of Thrones (or A Song of Ice and Fire, since we’re talking about the books now). Fire & Blood covers around 150 years of history though, so we still don’t know the exact content of the upcoming TV series.
It’s been confirmed that the series will consist of ten episodes (for the moment), and will feature some of the behind-the-scenes crew of Game of Thrones. Migel Sapochnik (who directed both the Battle of the Bastards and The Winds of Winter episodes of Game of Thrones) will be working with Ryan Condal, serving as showrunner. Sapochnik is also expected to be directing the show’s pilot episode.
Hopefully HBO will have learned some lessons from the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones when it comes to the next televised attempt to bring the books of Westeros to life.
House of the Dragon is scheduled for release in 2022.
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