The Game of Thrones prequel, that was going to be set 5000 years before the events of the series, has been cancelled. Not to worry, we’re getting a prequel set 300 years before it, instead.
HBO’s House of the Dragon will be a 10-episode series based on Fire and Blood; the tome George R.R. Martin wrote to avoid finishing A Song of Ice and Fire. It focuses on the Targaryens, and their conquest of Westeros, after the Doom of Valyria, a catastrophic natural/magical disaster that obliterated the ruling Valyrians, left the Targaryens as the only house to still control dragons – the tactical nukes of Westeros. The series should include a whole lot of one-sided dragon fights and a whole mess of incest. Like, even more incest than in the original series.
House of the Dragon was co-created by George R.R. Martin (because he didn’t have anything better to do) and the showrunner will be Miguel Sapochnik, who won an Emmy for directing the Battle of the Bastards episode of GoT.
Apparently, the other prequel series, set 5000 years before GoT and starring Naomi Watts, was cancelled after the pilot episode failed to impress HBO. Also maybe after they realised that nobody cared.
Dragons – so hot right now.
No release date has been set for House of the Dragon, as yet.