HBO green light one of Game of Thrones prequel spinoff series. The cable network is going ahead with a show that will be inspired by the Game of Thrones companion book Fire & Blood. It will be called House of the Dragon, and it got a straight-to-series order and it will have 10 episodes.
The series is set 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones, and it will reveal the story of House Targaryen. The story is said to reach up to and eventually chronicle the house’s civil war, which is known as the iconic Dance of the Dragons, which was “an extensive civil war in the Seven Kingdoms held between two competing branches of House Targaryen.”
Apparently executive producer George R.R. Martin loved this concept and wants to go ahead with it, and he is the one who pushed for it. The story was told in Game of Thrones Season 5 when young Shireen Baratheon read a book about the Targaryen battle and called the war to her father Stannis:
“It’s the story of the fight between Rhaenyra Targaryen and her half-brother Aegon for control over the Seven Kingdoms. Both of them thought they belonged on the Iron Throne. When people started declaring for one of them or the other, their fight divided the kingdoms in two. Brothers fought brothers, dragons fought dragons. By the time it was over, thousands were dead. And it was a disaster for the Targaryens as well. They never truly recovered.”
The script for the pilot episode is being written by Ryan Condal and Game of Thrones director Miguel Sapochnik will direct the pilot and some other episodes. Casey Bloys, president of HBO programming, said in a statement:
“The ‘Game of Thrones’ universe is so rich with stories. We look forward to exploring the origins of House Targaryen and the earlier days of Westeros along with Miguel, Ryan and George.”
This is a fabulous series concept to go along with, and I’m thrilled to see how it turns out!