Face it, Game of Thrones was at its most compelling when Daenerys Targaryen (mother of dragons, breaker of chains blah blah blah) was being a boss ass b**** . The daughter of ‘The Mad King’, played by national treasure Emilia Clarke, was a concurrently relatable and fearsome character that stole audiences’ hearts before burning it to ashes.
Which is probably why a prequel series called House of the Dragon was announced last year, set 300 years before the events of GoT.
“Taking place thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones, the series chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour.” – HBO
And the good news?
HBO programming chief Casey Bloyds told Variety that ‘his best guess’ is that House of the Dragon is likely going to debut in 2022.
Asked why HBO dropped the other Game of Thrones prequel series, starring Naomi Watts, Casey said that these things happen all the time with TV shows.
Bloys told Variety: “Pilots – sometimes they come together, sometimes they don’t. And I would say that was very much the case here. There’s nothing I would point to and say ‘Oh, this was the problem’.
“That [prequel] was 8,000 years before the current show, so it required a lot more invention.
“One of the benefits of House of the Dragon is there was a text from George and there was a little bit more of a roadmap. [Goldman’s prequel] did have more challenges in terms of establishing a world, but I think she handled that beautifully… there wasn’t one glaring thing.”
300 years before the original series, Aegon the Conqueror (Aegon of House Targaryen First of His Name, King of the blah blah blah) conquered Westeros after his family became the sole survivors of the Doom of Valyria – thanks to Daenys the Dreamer’s prediction.
He united the realm (with the exceptions of Dorne and those beyond the wall) from his new home of Dragonstone with his wives/sisters Visenya and Rhaenys and his three dragons Balerion, Vhagar and Meraxes by his side. Cute. Succeeding this, he went on to found the city of Kings Landing and construct the Iron Throne (with the swords of his enemies and a touch of dragonfire).
Sounds complicated but I’m sure it’ll be a cracker.
Can’t be any worse than season 8 now can it?
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