House of the Dragon: Everything We Know

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Game of Thrones’ might have become the biggest TV series in the world, but its greatness has only made the road harder for its successors. After the final season of the series was wrapped up, HBO declared that five spin-offs set in Westeros and beyond were in the pipeline. Considering the massive world George R.R Martin has created, it seemed plausible for five series to pick up at different points in the history, as well as the future, of the kingdom and tell diverse stories.

Earlier this year, a pilot order was given for the prequel series starring Naomi Watts, which was to be set a thousand years before the events of ‘Game of Thrones’. This point of time would have meant a major arc with the White Walkers as the primary antagonists since the events of infamous Long Night would have come into play. Reportedly, HBO has axed this project now and has decided to move forward with a completely different story set in a completely different age.

Credit goes to GRRM for dedicating so much time and effort on the world of Westeros. ‘A Song of Fire and Ice’, which serves as the source material for ‘Game of Thrones’, is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to all the tales he has spun about the great houses of Westeros. In fact, he is still to complete the story that began with the death of Jon Arryn and sparked the game of thrones with two upcoming books. But he has already written novellas and full-length novels around his fantasy world. One of them is ‘Fire and Blood’. It explicitly focuses on the history of House Targaryen. While it began as a side project for Martin, the content soon grew beyond what he had imagined, and he was forced to break it into two volumes.

The first volume covers the events starting with Aegon I Targaryen’s conquest of the Seven Kingdom of Westeros. But that is not where the new series, ‘House of the Dragon’ is to be set. In fact, it won’t go so further back that Westeros seems like a foreign world to the audience. Unlike the other prequel, which dialed the clock back by a thousand years, this one will only jump a couple of hundred years in the past.

House of the Dragon Plot: What’s it about?

‘Fire and Blood’ is a very long novel. So, if you want to jump directly to the main plotline, focus on the novella ‘The Princess and the Queen’. The events, here, begin with the death of King Viserys I Targaryen. With the demise of one ruler, once again, a fight erupts for the Iron Throne. This time, however, it is within the House Targaryen. As soon as Viserys departs the world, his second wife, Queen Alicent crowns her eldest son Prince Aegon as king. This infuriates Princess Rhaenyra, the only child from the king’s first marriage. Both think that the throne is theirs to have. Their ideologies and the claim on the Iron Throne divides all of the Westeros into two halves and a civil war rages in the country for a long time.

It isn’t just Targaryen against Targaryen, it is also dragons against dragons, which is why the destruction and mayhem are beyond anything Westeros has ever seen. Remember what Daenerys did to King’s Landing? Multiply that by your imagination. No wonder they didn’t want a Targaryen back on the throne!

House of the Dragon Cast and Crew:

GRRM is set to be a part of the team that oversees the development of ‘House of the Dragon’. HBO has tapped into the pool of talent that has already served in ‘Game of Thrones’. Miguel Sapochnik is known for directing some of the best episodes of ‘Game of Thrones’– ‘Hardhome’, ‘Battle of the Bastards’ and ‘The Winds of Winter’- including two more in the final series- ‘The Long Night’ and ‘The Bells’.

Almost all of these episodes have featured extensive battle scenes, and ‘The Bells’ is the one where Daenerys literally roasts the people of King’s Landing. Since we can expect something similar from ‘House of the Dragon’, it is promising news that Sapochnik will be directing the pilot, as well as various episodes of the new show. He will also serve as showrunner along with Ryan Condal, who serves as co-creator and will also be writing the series, which is supposed to have ten episodes.

As far as the casting goes, there hasn’t been any announcements made so far. Logically speaking, it seems fair to assume that cast will be completely new. There’s a remote possibility of Emilia Clarke returning but I wouldn’t bet my hopes on that happening.

“The Game of Thrones universe is so rich with stories. We look forward to exploring the origins of House Targaryen and the earliest days of Westeros along with Miguel, Ryan and George,” said HBO programming president Casey Bloys.

House of the Dragon Release Date: When will it premiere?

There’s no question about the fact that House of the Dragon is going to be as big in scale as ‘Game of Thrones’. So, it makes sense that makers are taking their time to develop the show. As far as the release date is concerned, HBO President of Programming, Casey Bloys, revealed in an interview with Deadline that House of the Dragon will release sometime in 2022. Hopefully, the wait will be worth it.

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