Finally, some good news for the Game of Thrones fandom. HBO just announced it ordered 10 episodes of House of the Dragon, a prequel about House Targaryen based on the book Fire & Blood by George R. R. Martin.
Martin co-created the series with screenwriter Ryan Condal, who wrote the show Colony and movies like Hercules (2014) and Rampage (2018). Miguel Sapochnik, famous for directing major battle episodes of Game of Thrones like “Hardhome,” “Battle of the Bastards,” and “The Long Night,” will direct several episodes including the pilot. There’s no word on cast or a release date yet.
“The Game of Thrones universe is so rich with stories,” said Casey Bloys, president, HBO programming, in a press release. “We look forward to exploring the origins of House Targaryen and the earlier days of Westeros along with Miguel, Ryan and George.”
News of House of the Dragon comes hours after reports confirmed that another Game of Thrones prequel, created by Jane Goldman and starring Naomi Watts, would not be moving forward as a series. That show chronicled the first encounter between the White Walkers and humans, and took place 10,000 years before the events of Game of Thrones. A pilot was shot over the summer. At one point, HBO had five Game of Thrones prequels in development, but it looks like House of the Dragon is the last show standing.
It’s been a weird week for the Game of Thrones fandom. Over the weekend, original series showrunners David Benioff & D.B. Weiss came out of hiding to admit they were deeply unqualified to run a television show and, essentially, set themselves up for failure. Two days later, they announced they are stepping away from their Star Wars series to work on Netflix projects.