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    All The Latest On "Game Of Thrones" Prequel "House Of The Dragon"

    All the latest info on new shows set in the Game of Thrones world.

    Before Game of Thrones was even finished, there was talk that multiple spinoffs were in the works — so, what's happening with them now?

    Game of Thrones logo from the opening titles of the show
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    One of the Game of Thrones spinoffs was a prequel called Bloodmoon, also known as The Long Night — set during the Age of Heroes, about 8,000 years before the events of Game of Thrones.

    The Night King.
    HBO

    Westeros would have looked very different at this time (it's loooong before dragons and Targaryens and Iron Thrones), but it's likely that there would have been (Bran!) Starks, Children of the Forest, and White Walkers in the show.

    Bloodmoon made it to pilot — in other words, the first episode was created and shown to HBO. George R.R. Martin was on board as executive producer, while Jane Goldman was showrunner. The cast included Naomi Watts, Josh Whitehouse, Georgie Henley, Toby Regbo, Naomi Ackie, Jamie Campbell Bower, Sheila Atim, Ivanno Jeremiah, Denise Gough, and Alex Sharp.

    However, HBO has decided not to go further with the project, and it's been canceled. Instead, it seems to be focusing its energies on another Game of Thrones prequel: House of the Dragon.

    House of the Dragon will likely be about a Targaryen civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons, which takes place hundreds of years before the events of Game of Thrones.

    Daenerys Targaryen and a dragon.
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    The show will be based on Martin's epic Targaryen history Fire and Blood — which is not a novel with a plot so much as it is a rundown of generations of Targaryens and the events surrounding them.

    The Dance of the Dragons happens a few generations after the Targaryens invaded and united Westeros.

    Daenerys Targaryen.
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    It's a war for the Iron Throne that sees the deaths of many Targaryens as well as citizens of Westeros and, worst of all, dragons.

    It'll be interesting to see so many Targaryens and dragons onscreen, along with the ancestors of some of the other families we know and love (or love to hate). Of course, unlike with Game of Thrones, we will know how it ends before it even begins — unless, of course, the show creators veer drastically from the source material, which isn't likely, especially because Martin himself is involved. He's signed on to executive-produce.

    Miguel Sapochnik is on board as one of the House of the Dragon executive producers and showrunners, which is exciting because he was involved with some of the best Game of Thrones episodes — he directed "Battle of the Bastards," "Hardhome," "The Winds of Winter," and more.

    Jon Snow stands alone with his sword, facing an oncoming army on horses
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    The other showrunner–executive producer is Ryan Condal, who previously wrote and produced the sci-fi show Colony. Condal will write the series, while Sapochnik will direct the first episode and "additional episodes," according to HBO. Other directors will include Clare Kilner, Geeta Patel, and Greg Yaitanes.

    In addition to Martin, Condal, and Sapochnik, Vince Gerardis (who was one of the Game of Thrones producers) and HBO programming president Casey Bloys are both executive producers of House of the Dragon.

    Remarkably, House of the Dragon has been greenlit for a 10-episode series without a pilot being produced. The plan is that it will hit our screens sometime in 2022, although that may change, especially given that things are so uncertain as a result of COVID-19.

    Jon Snow
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    Still, the latest news is promising.

    Paddy Considine, whom you may know from Hot Fuzz and Peaky Blinders, has been cast as Viserys Targaryen.

    DRACARYS! Paddy Considine has been cast as King Viserys Targaryen in #HouseoftheDragon. Learn more: https://t.co/yOrMnPTXmM

    No, not that Viserys Targaryen — you know, the one Khal Drogo killed in Season 1 of Game of Thrones. This is an entirely different Viserys Targaryen (remember that the show takes place 300 years before Game of Thrones). Unlike the one we know and hate, this Viserys Targaryen actually got to be king.

    According to HBO, "Viserys was chosen by the lords of Westeros to succeed the Old King, Jaehaerys Targaryen, at the Great Council at Harrenhal. A warm, kind, and decent man, Viserys only wishes to carry forward his grandfather’s legacy, but as we’ve learned from Game of Thrones, good men do not necessarily make for great kings."

    This description sounds pretty close to what we know of Viserys from Martin and Fire and Blood.

    Book cover of Fire & Blood by George R R Martin featuring a burning Targaryen flag
    Bantam Books

    Skip the next bit if you want to avoid potential spoilers, but here's a very brief overview: Viserys was a well-loved king, and House Targaryen — and Westeros — thrived under his rule. Still, while he was alive, the question of who would be his heir created factions in his court. Viserys had named Rhaenyra, his daughter from his first wife, as his heir, but his second wife, Alicent, believed that her son Aegon should be next in line to the throne. Meanwhile, Viserys' brother Daemon also wanted to stake his claim.

    When Viserys died in his sleep, Alicent's eldest son was crowned Aegon II, causing the outbreak of civil war between him and Rhaenyra, which became known as the Dance of the Dragons.

    HBO has revealed who will be playing the heads of the warring Targaryen factions — Matt Smith will play Daemon, Emma D'Arcy will play Rhaenyra, and Olivia Cooke is Alicent.

    Fire will reign. Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, and Matt Smith join the cast of @HBO’s #HouseOfTheDragon For the latest updates: https://t.co/ojAsdiyoWV

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    The official House of the Dragon website gives us insight into the show's interpretation of these characters, which reads true to the books: Daemon is "a peerless warrior and dragonrider who possesses the true blood of the dragon"; Rhaenyra is a dragonrider and the king's firstborn who has to deal with being robbed of her birthright because of her gender; and Alicent is "the most comely woman in the Seven Kingdoms" who "possesses both a courtly grace and a keen political acumen".

    Can't wait to see these three fighting it out!

    As for the rest of the cast, we also know Steve Toussaint will play Lord Corlys Velaryon, Eve Best will play his wife Princess Rhaenys Velaryon, Rhys Ifans takes on the role of Otto Hightower, and Sonoya Mizuno will play a character called Mysaria.

    Bend the knee. Steve Toussaint, Eve Best, Rhys Ifans, and Sonoya Mizuno join the cast of @HBO’s #HouseOfTheDragon For the latest updates: https://t.co/ojAsdiyoWV

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    The Velaryons are an ancient Valyrian house, just like the Targaryens. Lord Corlys Velaryon is known as the Sea Snake and famous for his seafaring skills and powerful navy, and for making his family richer than the Lannisters. His wife, Rhaenys, is a Targaryen and cousin of Viserys, who inherited the throne over her because of his gender.

    Otto Hightower is Hand of the King and father of Alicent. He views Daemon as an enemy. Mysaria, meanwhile, is a dancer from Lys who becomes Daemon's ally and paramour.

    Basically, from everything we know, House of the Dragon will have all the hallmarks that people recognize from Game of Thrones: political intrigue and schemes, complicated and fraught family dynamics, love and betrayal, beautiful dragons, epic battles, lots of blonde wigs, and, er, the odd bit of incest.

    Speaking of beautiful dragons — Matt Smith shared some concept art for Daemon's dragon, Caraxes, on his Instagram.

    The official Game of Thrones account also shared some dragon concept art, along with confirmation that House of the Dragon will officially go into production in 2021.

    Dragons are coming. #HouseoftheDragon begins production in 2021.

    Moving away from the Irish base of Game of Thrones, House of the Dragon will be filmed at Leavesden Studios in London.

    But what about the other prequels that were in the works? Well, none of the other original pitches seem to be going ahead.

    HBO

    Those prequels included one by L.A. Confidential writer Brian Helgeland, one by Godzilla writer Max Borenstein, and another that both Martin and Carly Wray (who started her career on Mad Men) were working on. Unfortunately, they now appear to be abandoned.

    But there is good news: another prequel, Tales of Dunk and Egg, is in early development at HBO, according to Variety.

    HBO

    It's an adaptation of the A Song of Ice and Fire spin-off novellas George R. R. Martin has written. They focus on Ser Duncan the Tall — Brienne of Tarth's ancestor — and his adventures with Aegon V before he was king (his nickname is Egg — you might remember Maestor Aemon referring to him just before he died on Game of Thrones).

    There are three novellas in the series so far: "The Hedge Knight", "The Sword Sword", and "The Mystery Knight".

    Cover of "Three Tales of Dunk & Egg" featuring a knight on horseback
    Dabel Brothers Productions

    George R. R. Martin has said he plans at least three more stories in the series as well — possibly more — so there could be a long future for the TV series if it goes ahead and is successful.

    And there are also three additional prequels that might be happening. The most developed is currently called 9 Voyages, and it focuses on the adventures of Lord Corlys Velaryon — meaning it's likely a quite immediate prequel to House of the Dragon.

    Close up of Steve Toussaint in Doctor Who
    BBC

    According to Deadline, 9 Voyages explores the great sea voyages of the Sea Snake, from Pentos and Myr to Yi Ti and Leng and even the frozen seas north of Westeros. GRRM along with The Mentalist creator Bruno Heller are reportedly attached to the project.

    Two other live action prequels are also in consideration, although no talent is currently attached — they are Flea Bottom, a show focused on the poorest part of King's Landing, and 10,000 Ships, set 1,000 years before Game of Thrones and focused on the warrior Princess Nymeria (who Arya named her direwolf after).

    In addition to these prequel ideas, Deadline reveals that an animated series based in the world of Westeros is also being explored.

    All in all, there's a lot of exciting things in the works — stay tuned for updates!

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