HBO Orders New ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel ‘House of the Dragon’ Straight to Series

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WarnerMedia and HBO have officially put a prequel series for Game of Thrones to series order, shortly after the cancellation of the Naomi Watts-led series. More details within…

When one door closes, another door opens. Earlier today, HBO confirmed reports that they had passed on the Naomi Watts-led Game of Thrones prequel series, set at the end of the Age of Heroes. However, it wasn’t all for nothing. During their HBO MAX presentation, HBO announced that they ordered a new prequel straight to series, called House of the Dragon.

House of the Dragon is set 300 years before the original Game of Thrones series. The series will be based on George R.R. Martin‘s book, Fire & Blood, which follows the rise and fall of House Targaryan. So, you know what means…lots more dragons!

The 10-episode series will be written by Martin and “Colony”‘s Ryan Condal. Award-winning “Battle of the Bastards” director Miguel Sapochnik will direct the pilot and additional episodes. Both Sapochnik and Condal will also serve as co-showrunners. Showrunners of the original Game of Thrones series, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are not part of the project at all.

Surprisingly, House of the Dragon is not one of the reported slew of prequels HBO was considering back in 2017. Ironically, it’s actually a new take on the world that was being developed by Bryan Cogman, who recently left to work on Amazon‘s Lord of the Rings series.

House of the Dragon is being developed for both HBO and HBO MAX. It’s also the first time a Game of Thrones series hasn’t had to go through the rigorous process of attaining a series order. It’s predecessor, the original Game of Thrones, dealt with tons of reshoots and recasting for the pilot before it was greenlit. Similarly, the now-defunct Naomi Watts-led series went through countless rewrites and even shot a pilot before ultimately being rejected.

That just goes to show how confident WarnerMedia and HBO are in House of the Dragon. As more news releases, we’ll have it here on Cinelinx.