HBO confirms production of ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen
The HBO channel began active work on the prequel to one of the most popular TV series of our time, Game of Thrones, which was called The House of the Dragon. This information has already been confirmed by reliable sources in an interview with Insider.
Even before the official announcement, several fan blogs of the series reported that the new show would be based on George R. R. Martin’s novel, A Dance of Dragons, and also spread the news about the start of casting for the roles of Viserys I Targaryen’s daughter and wife, Rheinira Targaryen and Alicente Hightower. The authors of the blog also spoke about the approximate date for the start of filming – according to them, they will begin as early as 2021.
Insider sources at HBO have confirmed that casting is already underway, but did not specify which novel would form the basis of the script for the prequel. They also did not release information about the location of the filming, but at the same time added that "Dragon’s House" will not be released until 2022 at the earliest. The production of the film could be greatly delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, which interferes with the full-fledged filming process. So far, it is only known for certain that Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss will not take part in the production of the prequel.
Recall that back in October 2019, HBO representatives announced the launch of a prequel to the Game of Thrones called House of the Dragon, which will consist of 10 episodes. The action of the new series will develop 300 years before the events told in the "Game of Thrones", and the plot will be the story of one of the greatest houses of Westeros – the House Targaryen. Later it was reported that George Martin and Ryan Condal were already hard at work on the script for the show. It is noteworthy that earlier HBO has already made an attempt to create a spin-off fantasy saga called "Long Night". Last summer, the channel even filmed a pilot episode starring Naomi Watts, but later the project was decided to be canceled for unclear reasons.