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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 spin-offs were in the works — so what's happening with them now?

    Game of Thrones logo from the opening titles of the show
    HBO

    One of the Game of Thrones spin-offs 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.
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    Westeros would look very different at this time (it's loooong before dragons and Targaryens and Iron Thrones), but it was likely 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 cancelled. Instead, they seem to be focusing their 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 George R. R. Martin's epic Targaryen history Fire and Blood — which is not a novel with a plot so much as 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 on screen, as well as the ancestors of some of the other families we know and love (or love to hate). Of course, unlike 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 George R. R. 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.

    In addition to George R. R. 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 it will hit our screens sometime in 2022, although that may change, especially when things are so uncertain as a result of COVID-19.

    Jon Snow
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    Still, the latest news is promising — in July, Entertainment Weekly reported that the show has begun casting, and HBO has revealed the first person to be officially cast in House of the Dragon .

    Paddy Considine, who 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 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 GRRM 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, his heir, but his second wife, Alicent, believed 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.

    It's unclear at what point in the story House of the Dragon will pick up, but it seems likely it will be the latter years of Viserys' reign, with the two factions already at odds with each other. And, of course, House of the Dragon will have all the hallmarks people recognise 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.

    As for the other prequels that were in the works, at present none are moving forward.

    HBO

    Those prequels included one by L.A. Confidential writer Brian Helgeland, one by Godzilla writer Max Borenstein, and another which both George R. R. Martin and Carly Wray (who started her career on Mad Men) were working on.

    However, with both GRRM and HBO focused on House of the Dragon now, and Bloodmoon seemingly canned for good, it's unlikely any of these additional projects will move any further forward.

    Stay tuned for more updates!

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