HBO’s New ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel ‘House of the Dragon’ Is About the Targaryens. Here’s What You Need to Know

Game of Thrones second prequel / Game of Thrones / HBO
Game of Thrones / HBO

Game of Thrones is over, but winter is coming—again. After shooting a pilot for a Game of Thrones prequel series starring Naomi Watts that takes place thousands of years before the original series—that show is now dead—HBO is has put a new prequel series in production, ordering 10 episodes of House of the Dragon, the network announced. HBO recently said in January 2020 that the series likely will air in 2022.

This prequel series will take place much closer to the original events of the Game of Thrones series—set 300 years earlier—and would track “the beginning of the end for House Targaryen.” In the original series, Emilia Clarke played Daenerys Targaryen, the thought-to-be-last member of the Targaryen family. The project is based on Martin’s book Fire & Blood, which tells the history of House Targaryen and Westeros at that time.

GoT co-executive producer and A Song of Ice and Fire series author George R.R. Martin and Colony co-creator and executive producer Ryan Condal are developing the series for HBO. When Game of Thrones ended, it was reported that HBO put five different series into development to see which ones would end up an actual series. One of those shows was put into production, and this new one is not a sixth project, but instead a “brand new take on a world originally tackled by [GoT writer/producer] Bryan Cogman” in one of those five ideas.

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Game of Thrones second prequel / Game of Thrones / HBO
Game of Thrones / HBO

Martin previously hinted about this series, writing on his blog back in May: “We have had five different Game of Thrones successor shows in development at HBO, and three of them are still moving forward nicely. “Two other shows remain in the script stage, but are edging closer. What are they about? I cannot say. But maybe some of you should pick up a copy of Fire & Blood and come up with your own theories.”

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Here’s Everything To Know So Far About the Second GoT Prequel Series:

  • The Plot: The show will follow the recent history of House Targaryen and the rise and downfall of the family. In the original Game of Thrones, Emilia Clarke played Daenerys Targaryen, who felt she was the rightful Queen of the Seven Kingdoms after her family reigned for hundreds of years. Kit Harington’s Jon Snow was later found to be heir to the throne and was a secret Targaryen.
  • The Setting: The show would take place around 300 years before the events of the original Game of Thrones series. The other prequel HBO is making takes place thousands of years before those events, so the shows would likely be separate stories and not connect apart from ancestral family members.
  • Potential Storylines and Characters: With the story being based on George R.R. Martin’s book Fire & Blood about the history of House Targaryen, a number of characters and events could appear.
    • CONFIRMED—There will be DRAGONS on this show, according to Martin: “I can say that there will be dragons. Everyone else has said that, so why not me?”
    • The book starts with Aegon the Conqueror taking the Iron Throne of Westeros and bringing the Targaryen family to power.
    • The book also includes a great deal about the Targaryen family civil war, the Dance of the Dragons.
    • According to Deadline, the war “will be a significant part of the TV adaptation.” More characters and plotlines from the book also could appear.
  • The Potential Title: Since the show is based on Fire & Blood, it’s possible that could end up being the title, although Martin wrote on his blog that the title will likely be something else. UPDATE: And it is: The show is called House of the Dragon. 
  • The Writers: The creator of the Game of Thrones book series himself, George R.R. Martin, is working on the show with writer/producer Ryan Condal (Colony). Former GoT writer Bryan Cogman had been previously developing a series that took place in this same time period, but this would be a new take on that same period.

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