George R.R. Martin and Ryan J. Condal have teamed up to create a new HBO fantasy drama series called House of the Dragon. Martin’s critically acclaimed 2018 novel Fire and Blood served as the basis for the GoT prequel. Miguel Sapochnik, who directed six Game of Thrones episodes, including the Emmy- and DGA-winning “Battle of the Bastards,” will serve as co-showrunner with Condal.
The first season of Game of Thrones aired on HBO ten years ago. It’s no surprise that multiple spin-off series is in the works for the critically acclaimed drama series that catapulted the careers of several actors and garnered a slew of awards. We went back to review what we know about the Game of Thrones spin-off in advance of its release.
Set 200 years before the events of HBO’s Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin’s Fire and Blood follows the Targaryen family. Now that the novel has been out for a while, we know what to expect from the rest of the series. As Aegon’s conquest begins, the new world order and the establishment of King’s Landing are set in motion.
This book ends about 150 years before Robert Baratheon shows up at King’s Landing to enlist Ned Stark as the King’s Hand. It does, however, lead directly into the events of GoT. After finishing A Song of Ice and Fire, George R.R. Martin intends to write a sequel to Fire and Blood. This will bridge the time between that book’s conclusion and that book’s beginning.
After closely following the books for its first four seasons, Game of Thrones made significant changes to its cast and plot, at least in part because the original work had not been completed. These factors make predicting how faithfully House of the Dragon will tell tales found in Fire and Blood challenging to predict.
As a prequel, HBO has introduced us to a new cast of characters, some of whom we may recognize from previous HBO productions, such as Game of Thrones.
At the Great Council of Harrenhal, the Westerosi lords chose Paddy Considine as King Viserys Targaryen to succeed the Old King, Jaehaerys Targaryen. Olivia Cooke plays Otto Hightower’s daughter Alice in ‘Hand of the King. Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, the king’s firstborn, will be played by Emma D’Arcy.
Daemon Targaryen is the younger brother of King Viserys and King Viserys’s heir to the throne, played by Matt Smith. Lord Corlys Velaryon, aka “The Sea Snake,” is the ruler of House Velaryon, a Valyrian bloodline that dates back to the time of the Targaryens. Steve Toussaint portrays him.
Princess Rhaenys Velaryon, a dragon rider and the wife of Lord Corlys Velaryon, is played by Eve Best. Otto Hightower, the Hand of the King, is played by Rhys Ifans. Sonoya Mizuno portrays Mysaria, a newcomer to Westeros who quickly earns the trust of the heir apparent. The rest of the recently announced cast can be found on HBO’s website if you’re interested.
Principal photography got underway in the U.K. in April, specifically in the English county of Cornwall. According to the Production List, season one is being produced in parts in both Spain and Los Angeles.
In 2022, a ten-episode season of House of the Dragon will premiere. HBO has yet to reveal a release date for the film. It wasn’t until Oct. 5 when the teaser trailer was released.
There are more and more hints that HBO is planning an expansion on the Game of Thrones spin-off universe. HBO, according to Deadline, is working on three new projects based in George R.R. Martin’s fantasy world, including a limited series.
One series could be based on Corlys Velaryon’s nine voyages aboard the Sea Snake ship, which he calls the “great voyages at sea”. There’s also a project based in King’s Landing’s poorest slum district, Flea Bottom. This appeared in the show’s first four seasons. Finally, a show called 10,000 Ships is based on Princess Nymeria, the warrior queen, and the remaining Rhoynars’ members’ journey. Arya Stark named her direwolf Nymeria after the character from Game of Thrones.