House Targaryen has always been a subject of intrigue to many who read George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, or more commonly watched Game of Thrones on HBO. So a spin-off prequel TV series centering around the silver-haired nobility would make perfect sense.
House of the Dragon, as it is aptly named, has been ordered to series for HBO. The prequel is co-created by Martin and former Colony showrunner Ryan Condal. Condal will also serve as the series’ showrunner, alongside Game of Thrones director Miguel Sapochnik.
While it is understandable that some are skeptical about the quality of House of the Dragon, especially since the final season of Game of Thrones was met with divisive to poor reviews, none should scoff at the talent of Sapochnik, who will also direct the pilot and additional episodes of the series.
The former True Detective director won an Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for the GoT Season 6 episode “Battle of the Bastards” for its sheer scale and powerful execution. If he’s at the helm, then expect House of the Dragon to host some really powerful scenes from a visual standpoint.
The new series is based on Martin’s very own spin-off novel based on House Targaryen, Fire & Blood, and will feature the members of the once proud and noble family, albeit set 300 years prior to the main story.
While nothing has been confirmed as to the location of the story, it is safe to assume that it could be set in the Targaryens’ ancestral home of Valyria, instead of Westeros. Also, expect way more dragons than just the three the main story gave us, since the story is set at the time where the Targaryens were near or at the peak of their powers.
House of the Dragon ‘s announcement should definitely come as a sigh of relief for starving GoT fans, whose hearts were broken at the recent cancellation of the other Naomi Watts-led prequel series.
Since this show has only just been ordered to series, no news on casting has been revealed yet. But we do know that it will be a 10-episode limited series, and will be available on both HBO, as well as the upcoming HBO Max streaming service.
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