HBO nearing pilot deal for House Targaryen Game of Thrones prequel series

Last Updated on August 2, 2021

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Game of Thrones may have come to an end earlier this year, but HBO is clearly planning on staying in the world of Westeros for quite some time. HBO quickly got the ball rolling on a Game of Thrones prequel series from Jane Goldman (KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE) which shot its pilot this summer, and now Deadline reports that HBO is close to giving a pilot order to another Game of Thrones prequel hailing from George R.R. Martin and Ryan Condal (Colony).

According to Deadline, the prospective Game of Thrones prequel series will be set 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones and will track the beginning of the end for House Targaryen, the once great house which conquered and unified the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, largely thanks to the dragons under their command. This new project is based upon George R.R. Martin's "Fire & Blood," a Targaryen history book which  chronicles the history of House Targaryen, starting off with "Aegon the Conqueror, creator of the Iron Throne, and [going on] to recount the generations of Targaryens who fought to hold the throne, all the way up to the civil war, known as the Dance of the Dragons, that nearly tore their dynasty apart." Incest and dragons, it's what the people want! The project has apparently been in the works since last fall, but HBO declined to comment.

Jane Goldman's Game of Thrones prequel series, which is currently in post-production and awaiting word on a pickup, takes place thousands of years prior to the main series and chronicles "the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. And only one thing is for sure: from the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the white walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend–it’s not the story we think we know." The cast includes Naomi Watts (THE BOOK OF HENRY), Jamie Campbell Bower (FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD), Miranda Richardson (CHURCHILL), Naomi Ackie (STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER), Georgie Henley (CHRONICLES OF NARNIA), and John Simm (Doctor Who).

Source: Deadline

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