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The first of HBO's planned "Game of Thrones" prequel series is currently filming, and will premiere in 2022.
"House of the Dragon" is based on the bloody history of the Targaryens found in George R.R. Martin's "Fire and Blood" book.
We've gathered all the details you should know about the show here.
HBO has been slowly working on a set of "Game of Thrones" prequel shows for the last four years, and the first of these to appear will be "House of the Dragon." The TV show is currently in production, and will premiere in 2022.
Keep reading for a dive into everything we know about the new "Game of Thrones" spinoff series, including its showrunners, stars, and more.
'House of the Dragon' is based on another unfinished book series from George R.R. Martin - but this one is different
In 2018, Martin published the first of two planned volumes in a series called "Fire and Blood," which detail the history of House Targaryen starting with Aegon's Conquest in Westeros.
Unlike his unfinished "A Song of Ice and Fire" series, these books are not a narrative story told from the point-of-view of various protagonist characters. Instead, "Fire and Blood" reads more like a history book. It's all written as if from the perspective of maesters - the historians and scholars in the Citadel of Westeros.
That means the events and characters described are more generalized, while also told in a narrative way and from a biased source.
It also means that it doesn't really matter that Martin hasn't yet published "volume two" in the series.
"Fire and Blood" is an expansion on the Targaryen history Martin had already outlined in his encyclopedic book titled "A World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones" (coauthored by Linda Antonsson and Elio Garcia).
While "Fire and Blood" expands on these stories and adds more details and characters, it's not an incomplete narrative in the way "A Song of Ice and Fire" currently is, thanks to the outlined history we already have in "A World of Ice and Fire."
The new series doesn't run the risk of overtaking Martin's work in a way that would be detrimental to its storytelling in the way "Game of Thrones" surpassing "A Song of Ice and Fire" ultimately was.
Martin has not yet announced a planned publish date for either "Fire and Blood: Volume Two," or the sixth book in his "A Song of Ice and Fire" series, "The Winds of Winter." He has said in recent interviews that his primary focus is "The Winds of Winter," and then back to "Fire and Blood."
There is more than enough material in 'Fire and Blood' for multiple seasons, but right now HBO has only announced 10 episodes
Since it's extremely early in the process, HBO has not yet indicated the overall structure plan for "House of the Dragon." All we know is there will be at least 10 episodes made, which was the number of installments in a standard season of "Game of Thrones."
"Fire and Blood" starts with Aegon Targaryen's Conquest, an event alluded to throughout "Game of Thrones." This was the war in which Aegon I, along with his sister-wives Visenya and Rhaenys, came to Westeros and brought six of the seven kingdoms under his rule through war and diplomacy.
Aegon's dragon was called Balerion the Black Dread, and is said to be the largest dragon ever seen in Westeros. His sisters each had their own dragons, Vhagar and Meraxes.
Since dragons are an essential part of every aspect in Targaryen history, you can bet on seeing them on the "House of the Dragon" prequel series.
Don't expect familiar faces on the show, though. "Fire and Blood" begins 300 years before the events of "Game of Thrones," which means none of the characters you already know from the HBO series will be present. Instead you'll hear familiar House names like Stark, Baratheon, and Lannister - all of the ancestors of your favorite characters who played a part in the rise of House Targaryen.
By moving forward with a series based on Martin's published works, HBO is getting back to the formula that helped make the early seasons of "Game of Thrones" such a resounding success.
With "Fire and Blood," the creators have a clear road map to follow with the history of House Targaryen and simultaneously enough wiggle room to flesh out the characters and dialogue in their own way.
'House of the Dragon' will be helmed by Miguel Sapochnik and Ryan Condal, with Sapochnik also serving as director on some episodes
Miguel Sapochnik is a director who rose to prominence after his first two "Game of Thrones" episodes, "The Gift" and "Hardhome," premiered in 2015. "Hardhome" centered on Jon Snow's first confrontation with the Night King and the massacre of wildlings in a fortress beyond the Wall, and was handily the best episode of that season (and some would argue among the best of the whole series).
Sapochnik returned to direct season six's back-to-back stunners "Battle of the Bastards" and "The Winds of Winter," in which Jon Snow and Sansa won back Winterfell from Ramsay Bolton and then Cersei blew up the Sept of Baelor.
He didn't direct any season seven episodes (during that time he helmed the pilot episode of Netflix's "Altered Carbon"), and then returned for "Game of Thrones" season eight's "The Long Night" and "The Bells" - the two most action-packed installments of the final season.
"House of the Dragon" is the first series Saponchik will serve as showrunner on, and is the first project that is part of his "overall deal where he will develop and produce content for both HBO and HBO Max," according to the press release.
He'll direct the pilot episode of "House of the Dragon," and then an unconfirmed number of "additional episodes."
Sapochnik's coshowrunner Ryan Condal will be the lead writer for the whole series.
Condal was the cocreator and showrunner of a sci-fi series called "Colony," which ran on USA for three seasons. He was the writer of MGM's "Hercules" and is currently adapting the graphic novel Analog as a feature for Lionsgate.
Both George R.R. Martin and "Game of Thrones" producer Vince Gerardis are also listed as executive producers.
Some of the major cast members have already been revealed, along with a team of writers working on the show
There are three people who are writing the series alongside showrunner Ryan Condol.
"Colony" writer and executive producer Wes Tooke is one of the people helping shape "House of the Dragon" in the writer's room. Then there's Claire Kiechel, whose recent work on Netflix's "The OA" and HBO's "Watchmen" was nominated for the 2020 Writers Guild Awards. Lastly Ti Mikkel, who worked as writer's assistant at Martin's Fevre River Packet Company, is also on the writing team this new prequel series.
As for the show's cast of characters, HBO announced that several major stars were joining the show in 2020.
Matt Smith ("The Crown," "Doctor Who") will play Prince Daemon Targaryen in the upcoming show, while Emma D'Arcy ("Wanderlust") will star as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen. Olivia Cooke ("Ready Player One") also joins the cast as Alicent Hightower, the daughter of the Hand of the King during King Viserys I rule in Westeros.
HBO also announced that Paddy Considine ("The Outsider," "Hot Fuzz") will star as King Viserys, the fifth Targaryen ruler in Westeros, who lived about 200 years before the events of "Game of Thrones."
Fans will recognize the name Viserys from the original "Game of Thrones" series - that character (Daenerys' brother) was a descendant of the Targaryen characters we'll meet in "House of the Dragon."
Given the known characters so far, it seems clear that "House of the Dragon" won't start at the very beginning of the Targaryen history outlined in Martin's book, but instead will jump to about 100 years after the Targaryens had arrived in Westeros and begun their reign.
More specifically, Prince Daemon Targaryen and Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen were part of a particularly bloody chapter in the family's history: A civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons.
The Dance of the Dragons was mentioned in "Game of Thrones" season five, when the young Shireen Baratheon mentioned the historic fight she had read about in a book. One of HBO's DVD releases of "Game of Thrones" also included an animated retelling of the story, which charts a gruesome and tragic inter-family conflict over the rightful claim to the Iron Throne.
If you want full spoilers about what happens in the Dance of the Dragons' section of Targaryen history, you can read about it here.
HBO has says 'House of the Dragon' will premiere in 2022
HBO announced that the te first season of "House of the Dragon" is currently in production, and will premiere sometime in 2022. Given the typical filming and post-production timeline, it's possible fans will see the return of the fantasy setting sometime in April or May, which was historically the time of year when new "Game of Thrones" seasons would drop.
We'll update this article as more information about "House of the Dragon" is revealed. In the meantime, you can ready yourself for the new series by reading Martin's first "Fire and Blood" book.
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