House of The Dragon, a Game of Thrones spin off

Roisin Maguire

If you are still suffering from post Game of Thrones blues, then fear no more.

Casey Bloys, the programming chief of HBO has announced that there will be a Game of Thrones prequel series called “House of the Dragon”. However, this will likely only hit our screens in 2021.

This comes after the “Thrones” prequel series was announced to not be moving forward on HBO. This series was intended to detail issues of power, race and introduce white walkers 1000 years before Game of Thrones.

This spin-off series will focus on House Targaryen 300 years before the actual events that we have all seen in Game of Thrones. This means that the Mad King who was constantly brought up in Game of Thrones may feature in the new prequel.

The series was written by Ryan Condal and will also be based on the book “Fire and Blood” by George R.R Martin. Condal is known for writing and producing Hercules, Colony and Rampage.

The series will have 10 episodes in total and will be directed by Miguel Sapochnik who directed many of the Games of Thrones episodes. Sapochnik received an Emmy award for his directing of the “Battle of the Bastards” episode in season six.

This new series will depict Daenary’s ancestors and how they fought through a civil war. According to The Verge, the reason why HBO wanted to push forward “House of the Dragon” was because the “established story [was] penned by Martin to serve as a backbone for the story”. The plan is to have this series act as a lead up to Martins “Dance of Dragons”.

However, everyone knows that Game of Thrones was rich in constant drama, so naturally some people may have their doubts about whether or not this spin-off was necessary or if it will live up to what viewers have already seen.

Casey Bloys said that the show will focus on the early years of Westeros so this isn’t much to go on in terms of action however fans can expect dragon battles unless they are flown into the path of Night King’s swords.

Martin also revealed that the prequel had been in development or the last six years and that he was disappointed that HBO didn’t proceed with the other spin-off series.

Since the announcement of “House of the Dragon”, George R. R Martin said that his main priority is to finish “The Winds of Winter” and has promised not to write scripts for the new prequel.

Martin told The Guardian that he wishes for “more hours in the day” to finish writing the book. “A Dream of Spring” is also still yet to be written however he tried to stay ahead of the filming of the series to have an ending written for the Game of Thrones but it caused him a great deal of stress.

Martin also refuses to talk about certain things, such as the ending of the Game of Thrones and when “Winds of Winter” will be finished so it is safe to say that Martin has his doubts about the ending but hopefully he will be pleased with the new prequel.

Roisin Maguire

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