House of the Dragon, a series about the Targaryen civil war, is based on George R. R. Martin’s 2019 book Fire and Blood, and is set 300 years before the events shown on Game of Thrones.

By Ian Horswill

Posted on October 30, 2019

Games of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon has been given the green light by HBO, who have ordered it straight to series.

The announcement of the 10-episode series was made at WarnerMedia’s HBO Max investors presentation.

The series is about the Targaryen civil war and is based on George R. R. Martin’s 2019 book Fire and Blood. It is set 300 years before the events shown on Game of Thrones.

House of the Dragon is written by Ryan Condal (Colony), with Martin to co-executive produce. Miguel Sapochnik, who directed highly-acclaimed Thrones episodes “Battle of the Bastards” and “Hardhome” will serve as a co-showrunner of the new series.

HBO executive Casey Bloys made the announcement hours after news broke that HBO cancelled a previously announced Game of Thrones spinoff series, codenamed Bloodmoon, created by Jane Goldman, which starred Naomi Watts and Josh Whitehouse in the pilot. It was set thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones.

George R R Martin, House of the Dragon

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

It appears part of the reason HBO pushed forward with House of the Dragon is because the “established history penned by Martin to serve as a backbone for the story,” according to Entertainment Weekly. The other pilot only had some “vague references to build on”. The goal is to eventually have the events of the new series lead up to The Dance of the Dragons. It’s a major moment in the Seven Kingdoms’ history, leading to an all out civil war between two rival factions of House Targaryen, Deadline reported.

House of the Dragon was not given a broadcast date.

House of the Dragon was one of the remaining four Game of Thrones spinoffs in the works at various stages for HBO and its corporate overlords at AT&T. In the works with Martin and Condal since 2018, the House Targaryen project from friends Martin and Condal takes on material originally explored by Bryan Cogman in one of the five Game of Thrones prequel scripts commissioned by the then Richard Plepler-run HBO two years ago.

Game of Thrones became a global cultural phenomenon. The final show of the eighth series became HBO’s most watched program with 19.3 million people watching. Globally, it is believed more than 100 million people in total watched the series, starring Peter Dinklage, Kit Harrington, Emilia Clarke and Lena Headey.

Game of Thrones received 58 Emmy Awards, the most by a drama series, including Outstanding Drama Series in 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019. Its other awards and nominations include three Hugo Awards for Best Dramatic Presentation (2012–2014), a 2011 Peabody Award, and five nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama (2012 and 2015–2018). In 2019, the show’s final season established a new record for most Emmy nominations received in the same year by any regular series with 32.

Dinklage won four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2011, 2015, 2018, and 2019) and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (2012) for his performance as Tyrion Lannister.

Game of Thrones cast backstage at Emmy Awards