Game of Thrones Prequel House of the Dragon is Coming to HBO
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Game of Thrones Prequel House of the Dragon is Coming to HBO

Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon will be based on George RR Martin’s novel Fire and Blood, and set 300 years before the original series

HBO has confirmed that the prequel of its popular series Game of Thrones (GoT) -- which concluded this year with its eighth season -- is coming to the network. Based on George RR Martin's novel Fire and Blood, the prequel is titled House of the Dragon. The GoT handle on Twitter shared the news by posting a logo of the spin-off series and writing, "#HouseOfTheDragon, a #GameofThrones prequel is coming to @HBO. The series is co-created by @GRRMSpeaking and Ryan Condal. Miguel Sapochnik will partner with Condal as showrunner and will direct the pilot and additional episodes. Condal will be writing the series." 

This news follows a previous report that the GoT prequel, set in the Age of Heroes and starring Oscar-nominated actress Naomi Watts, Naomi Ackie and Denise Gough, has been shelved. Helmed by Jane Goldman and focusing on the Long Night, the report said the network was not happy with the pilot episode, shot over the summer, and decided not to proceed with that prequel idea. 

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In 2017, HBO and George RR Martin had confirmed that five different scripts for various Game of Thrones prequels were being developed with a multitude of writers. President of HBO programming, Casey Bloys, during a 2018 panel at the Television Critics Association, had revealed, “"The reason we did multiple scripts [is that] out of five we'd be lucky to get one we're really excited about." 

The new prequel, House of the Dragon, will be set 300 years before the events of the original season. Casey Bloys, speaking at a launch event for HBO Max streaming platform in LA, said, “It's my pleasure to announce today that we are ordering House of the Dragon straight to series for HBO. It tells the story of House Targaryen and the early days of Westeros." The prequel’s launch date and other details have not been announced yet.

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