Ryan Condal's Game of Thrones prequel would lead up to and eventually chronicle The Dance of the Dragons, a civil war in the Seven Kingdoms held between two rival branches of House Targaryen.

By Ian Horswill


Posted on September 20, 2019

Dragons will feature in one of the prequels planned to the breathtaking success of HBO’s fantasy drama Game of Thrones, the book’s author George R.R. Martin said.

Martin updated on his blog that there are a number of things being developed to extend the success of the history-making drama known as Game of Thrones.

“I can confirm that HBO put several GAMES OF THRONES successor shows in development at one point. There were four to start with. Then five. Then three. I’ve said all that before. Jane Goldman’s as yet untitled show, which I am still not supposed to call THE LONG NIGHT, is one of those. The pilot on that one wrapped a month ago and has been in post-production. I am expecting to see her first cut soon. (Last month in Belfast, I got a behind-the-scenes look at some of her sets, and they were spectacular),” wrote Martin.

Goldman’s production features Australian actress Naomi Watts (Mulholland Drive, King Kong, Birdman) and is set thousands of years before the events in Game of Thrones when Westeros was on the cusp of The Long Night war with the White Walkers. It predates the Taragaryens and their dragons. HBO has not announced if it will buy it, Entertainment Weekly reported.

Jon snow admitted he was shocked when he read the script fo the finale of Game of Thrones. Photo: Supplied

“The show stirring up all the internet headlines right now is one of the others. Also a prequel. Set thousands of years after Jane’s show in the history of Westeros. And yes, it is based on material from one of my books,” Martin continued.

“(FWIW, those who have read FIRE & BLOOD will realise it contains enough materials for a dozen shows).

“It has a script and a bible, and both of them are terrific, first rate, exciting. They’re the work of RYAN CONDAL. I first met Ryan when he came to New Mexico a couple of years ago to shoot a pilot for a fantasy western called THE SIXTH GUN, based on the comic book. That show did not go, though I had the pleasure of screening the pilot at my theatre, the Jean Cocteau. Later we also did a premiere for COLONY, the aliens-in-LA series that Ryan created and ran. He’s a helluva strong writer, and a huge fan of A SONG OF ICE & FIRE, Dunk & Egg, and Westeros in general. I’ve loved working with him, and if the Seven Gods and HBO are kind, I hope to keep on working with him for years to come on this new successor show, the title of which is …. Ooops. Almost slipped. Can’t say yet.

“I can say that there will be dragons. Everyone else has said that, so why not me?”

Condal’s Game of Thrones prequel would lead up to and eventually chronicle the house’s civil war, the legendary Dance of the Dragons. The Dance of the Dragons was a civil war in the Seven Kingdoms held between two rival branches of House Targaryen. The war occurred roughly 200 years before the events in Game of Thrones.

The season five of the Game of Thrones, sees young Shireen Baratheon read a book about the famed Targaryen conflict and enthusiastically describe the war to her father Stannis.

“It’s the story of the fight between Rhaenyra Targaryen and her half-brother Aegon for control over the Seven Kingdoms,” she said. “Both of them thought they belonged on the Iron Throne. When people started declaring for one of them or the other, their fight divided the kingdoms in two. Brothers fought brothers, dragons fought dragons. By the time it was over, thousands were dead. And it was a disaster for the Targaryens as well. They never truly recovered.”

Martin was at pains to write that HBO has not committed to anything, as yet.

“I do want to point out that ‘moving closer to a pilot order’ is NOT the same thing as ‘getting a pilot order’. This is encouraging, this is exciting, but don’t buy the couch just yet. When HBO actually gives us a pilot order, you will hear me shouting it from the rooftops. A series order, and I’ll be shouting even louder. But we’ll see. Right now all the signs are good, but nothing is confirmed.

“Some websites are suggesting that the news about Ryan’s show moving forward means that Jane’s show won’t. If that’s so, no one has told me. I don’t think it’s so. I love what Ryan has done, but I’m excited about the possibilities for Jane’s series as well. Jane and I had dinner in London (at Rule’s, great spot, oldest restaurant in England, Charles Dickens and H.G. Wells ate there, it was a thrill to break bread with their ghosts), and her enthusiasm was palpable. The world of Ice & Fire is a WORLD, boys and girls. Huge continents, ten thousand years of history, cities, deserts, oceans, mysteries, triumphs and tragedies. If there were indeed eight million stories in The Naked City in the 50s, surely there are eight billion stories to be told about Westeros, Essos, Sothoryos, and the lands beyond the Sunset Sea, south of Oz and north of Shangri-La.”

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Games of Thrones received a record number of nominations for the 2019 Emmys for its final series, which ended with record television ratings for the show. The Emmys are being held at the Microsoft Theatre, Los Angeles, on Monday, 23 September.