July 31, 2020

After the finale of one of the most famous TV series of the decade, HBO planned to take on Game of Thrones prequels. Initially, a project with the working title “Long Night” was launched into development. Jane Goldman (” Stardust “) was in charge of the script and Naomi Watts was cast in the lead role. The plot was supposed to unfold thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones.

However, in the fall of 2019, this series was filmed from production after filming the pilot. Instead, they launched another project called “House of the Dragon”. And while this is the only prequel to the famous saga, on which active work is underway.

What the series “House of the Dragon” will tell about

House of the Dragon is based on Fire and Blood by George R.R. Martin, which is a pseudo-historical chronicle. The plot of the series will unfold 300 years before the events of “Game of Thrones” and will tell about the formation of the House of Targaryen – the conquests of Aegon and the large-scale civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons.

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Shot from the series “Game of Thrones”

The book also reveals the history of the formation of other great houses, describes the construction of King’s Harbor and other important events. It is not known how much of what is described in the original will be included in the film adaptation. But it is precisely the presence of a literary source that is called the main reason for ordering this series.

What characters will appear in the “House of the Dragon”

Since the action will unfold 300 years before the events of “Game of Thrones”, you should not wait for the appearance of any familiar characters. Even Emilia Clarke, who played Daenerys Targaryen, confirmed that is not aware of the channel’s plans.

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Shot from the series “Game of Thrones”

The new heroes have not yet been officially announced. But Knight Edge Media has published information about the search for actors in the prequel. It looks like this:

  • Aegon Targaryen. White male, about 20 years old. Balanced and religious. He is married to his sisters Visenya and Reinis. Severe with all who challenge his authority. Controls the dragon Ballerion.
  • Hanging Targaryen. White woman, about 20 years old. Elder sister and wife of King Aegon. Sensual, but harsh, does not forgive mistakes. Controls the dragon Vhagar.
  • Reinis Targaryen. White woman, about 20 years old. Aegon’s younger sister and wife. Generous, graceful, playful, curious, and impulsive. She tends to fantasize. Controls the dragon Meraxes.

However, there is no confirmation of this information yet.

When will the series “House of the Dragon” be released?

Since the project was launched into development only at the end of 2019, representatives of HBO immediately hinted that the release is only worth waiting for in 2022.

It is not known whether the coronavirus pandemic will affect the release date: the series is still at the preproduction stage. Perhaps its release will not move. But in any case, fans will have to wait for a long time.

Who will work on “House of the Dragon”

After the change of plans, the management invited a new screenwriter. The prequel will be produced by Ryan Kondal, best known for the films Hercules and Rampage with Dwayne Johnson. His track record is smaller than that of Goldman, but still more solid than that of David Benioff and JB Weiss, who worked on Game of Thrones.

But the main joy for the fans is that the pilot and possibly a few more episodes will be directed by Miguel Sapochnik. He was responsible for some of the best episodes of the original – “Battle of the Bastards” and “Harsh House”.

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