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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

    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.

    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 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.

    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.

    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 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

    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 was greenlit for a 10-episode series without a pilot being produced. The plan is that it will hit our screens sometime in 2022.

    Jon Snow

    Paddy Considine, whom you may know from Hot Fuzz and Peaky Blinders, will play Viserys Targaryen.

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    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 200 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.

    As for who will play the heads of the warring Targaryen factions, Matt Smith will be Daemon, Emma D'Arcy will play Rhaenyra, and Olivia Cooke is Alicent.

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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!

    It seems the series will straddle timelines, too — or at least contain flashbacks — as young versions of some of the characters have been cast, including Milly Alcock as young Rhaenyra...

    Milly Alcock is Young Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen. #HouseoftheDragon is coming to @HBOMax in 2022. Learn more:

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    And Emily Carey as young Alicent.

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    For the rest of the cast, 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.

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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.

    Ryan Corr will play Ser Harwin Strong, Jefferson Hall will play two characters — the twins Jason and Tyland Lannister — and David Horovitch is Grand Maester Mellos.

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    Ser Harwin is known as "Breakbones", the strongest man in the Seven Kingdoms and the heir to Harrenhal. He;s the song of Lord Lyonel Strong.

    The Lannister twins are thankful not as incestuous as some other Lannister twins we know; while Jason is Lord of Casterly Rock, Tyland is a calculating politician.

    Grand Maester Mellos, meanwhile, is the trusted advisor to King Viserys.

    Rounding out the cast is Gram McTavish as Ser Harrold Westerling, Matthew Needham as Larys Strong, Bill Paterson as Lord Lyman Beesbury, and Gavin Spokes as Lord Lyonel Strong.

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    Ser Harrold is a member of the Kingsguard, Larys is the younger son of Lyonel Strong and younger brother of Ser Harwin, Lord Lyman is Master of Coin on the small council, and Lord Lyonel is Master of Laws and father to Larys and Ser Harwin.

    HBO has shared some images of the actors in character. Here's Matt Smith as Daemon Targaryen and Emma D'Arcy as Rhaenyra Targaryen:

    Rahenyra and Daemon stand on a beach looking at each other

    As you can see, they both have the Targaryen signature platinum hair and grey, black, and red costuming. Their style here is reminiscent of looks we saw Daenerys wearing, particularly with the scale details that connects them to dragons.

    Here's Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower and Rhys Ifans as her father, Otto Hightower:

    Alicent and Otto stand in front of the ocean looking serious

    Peep the Hand of the King badge on Otto Hightower's chest!

    And here is Seve Toussaint as Lord Corlys, the Sea Snake:

    Lord Corlys stands in front of the ocean

    We also now have a teaser trailer for the show, and it looks pretty damn epic:

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    Check out a full breakdown of the trailer here.

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


    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.


    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

    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, there are at least three animated series based on the world of Game of Thrones currently in development. 

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