Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon debuting in 2022 on HBO

Game of Thrones prequel series House of the Dragon expected to debut in 2022 on HBO

HBO gave an update on its Game of Thrones prequel series House of the Dragon at the TCA Winter Tour on Wednesday, revealing it likely won’t debut until 2022. 

HBO programming president Casey Bloys said at HBO’s TCA Winter Tour panel that, ‘my guess is we’ll see it on the air in ’22.’

He added that the writers, ‘are in the room breaking story right now,’ though no production schedule has been confirmed as of yet.

2022 debut: HBO gave an update on its Game of Thrones prequel series House of the Dragon at the TCA Winter Tour on Wednesday, revealing it likely won’t debut until 2022

As HBO was heading into its final seasons of Game of Thrones, it had commissioned five pilots from different writers, though only House of the Dragon moved forward to series.

The network did order a pilot for another project, an untitled Game of Thrones spin-off, set 8,000 years before the events of the show and George R.R. Martin’s books. 

That pilot starred Naomi Watts, Miranda Richardson and Jamie Campbell Bower, to name a few, written by Jane Goldman (Kingsman: The Secret Service) and directed by S.J. Clarkson (The Defenders), but the network passed on bringing it to series.

Final seasons: As HBO was heading into its final seasons of Game of Thrones, it had commissioned five pilots from different writers, though only House of the Dragon moved forward to series

Bloys did commend Goldman for ‘beautifully’ building the world of the show, but since it was set so far before the original show, ‘it required a lot more invention.’

‘One of the benefits of House of the Dragon is there was a text from George and there was a little bit more of a roadmap,’ Bloys added.

‘[Goldman’s prequel] did have more challenges in terms of establishing a world, but I think she handled that beautifully… there wasn’t one glaring thing,’ he added.

George’s text: ‘One of the benefits of House of the Dragon is there was a text from George and there was a little bit more of a roadmap,’ Bloys added

HBO handed out a straight to series order for House of the Dragon, which was initially one of the five projects the network was developing. 

While the initial project was written by Game of Thrones writer Bryan Cogman, Deadline reported in September that this is a brand new take on that world, written by Colony creator Ryan Condal.

The show will be based on George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood, a companion book released in November 2018, which details the history of House Targaryen.

Straight to series: HBO handed out a straight to series order for House of the Dragon, which was initially one of the five projects the network was developing

House of the Dragon will be set 300 years before the events of the show and the books, detailing how House Targaryen and their dragons rose to power.

House Targaryen ruled over Westeros for 300 years, before Robert’s Rebellion ended their reign.

In Game of Thrones, Emilia Clarke’s Daenerys Targaryen marked the last of the Targaryen family. 

Last Targaryen: In Game of Thrones, Emilia Clarke’s Daenerys Targaryen marked the last of the Targaryen family

 

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