Fans of Game of Thrones are going ‘gaga’ for its upcoming prequel, House of the Dragon. HBO announced the show last year; however, the fans have to be prepared to settle in for a bit of a wait. According to Casey Bloys, HBO’s president of programming, the series probably won’t air until “sometime in 2022,” via Deadline.
Taking the audience 300 years back!
Bloys refused to provide any more details than that, although he said that writing for the series is under process and that casting details were not there to be announced yet. He also asserted that despite the notion that HBO had many other Game of Thrones successors in the works, all focus right now is on House of the Dragon. “There are no other blinking green lights or anything like that,” Bloys told Deadline. “Sometime down the road who knows, but there are no immediate plans. We are all focusing on the House of the Dragon.”
House of the Dragon is based on the 2019 book ‘Fire and Blood’ by George R.R. Martin. The book talks about the time, 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones and links the history of the Targaryens, starting with Aegon the Conqueror’s first conquest of Westeros and bringing the Seven Kingdoms under his rule.
The book then travels through the decades, reaching to each successive Targaryen ruler and the civil wars, politics, and intrigue throughout history. (So far, Martin has just published the first of two planned Fire and Blood books, talking about the first half of the Targaryen dynasty. The second book will cover the remaining history of the family. A Song of Ice and Fire starts is planned for the future.)
The question is which aspects of Westeros’ history the show is going to adapt. There is a possibility that House of the Dragon will focus on just one piece of House Targaryen’s history, such as Aegon’s conquest or the Dance of the Dragons (civil war consisting of Targaryen family that has epic draconic battles). Or HBO may decide to mimic Martin’s book and swim through the ocean of history to show multiple eras of the family.
As Bloys explains, “In development, in pilots, sometimes things come together, sometimes they don’t. One of the things I think Jane took on beautifully, which was a challenge, there was a lot more role creation because she set hers 8,000 years before the (mothership) show, so it required a lot more. That is a big swing.”
Additionally, Bloys underlined the fact that House of the Dragon had a crucial advantage: George R.R. Martin’s source material, the lack of which finally had a big impact on the later seasons of Game of Thrones. “One of the things about House of Dragons, there is a text; there is a book so that made it a little bit more of a road map for a series order.”
While the expected 2022 release date may be a bit frustrating to the fans that are wishing for more Game of Thrones on their TVs sooner, it’s not that problematic. After all, if there’s one thing the fans of GOT are good at, it’s silently waiting for things to be released.
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