Dragons are heading back to HBO for the Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon!
The casting process has begun for the highly anticipated adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood.
The book Fire & Blood, takes place 300 years prior to the events of the Game of Thrones series. It covers 150 years and the rise and fall of many leaders in Westeros. There have been speculations that the House of the Dragon series could be set up as an anthology — in the same style as American Horror Story — since it covers such an expansive time period. One event that is surely to be covered and some sources told Entertainment Weekly that “the famed Dance of Dragons – the Targaryen Civil War that occasionally referenced in GoT that ripped apart Westeros – will be tackled at some point in the series.”
There hasn’t been an official casting breakdown but going off the primary characters in Fire & Blood that lead up to the Dance of Dragons civil war. Speculation suggests that we will at least see some iconic Targaryen names that will be familiar to Game of Thrones fans.
HBO has ordered 10 episodes straight-to-series for House of the Dragon. It’s showrunners are Ryan Condal along with Miguel Sapochnik who is no stranger to the Westeros having directed action packed episodes such as “The Gift,” “Hardhome,” “Battle of the Bastards,” “The Winds of Winter,” “The Long Night,” and “The Bells.” Sapochnik will direct the pilot and some additional episodes while Condal will be the lead writer for the whole series.
House of the Dragon is set for 2022, and has officially replaced the previously announced Game of Thrones prequel that was to star Naomi Watts, which was thrown out after filming the pilot.