HBO’s very popular series, Game of Thrones, is now getting a prequel by the name, House of the Dragon. The prequel has already gotten a tentative release date of 2022, according to the programming chief of HBO, Casey Bloys.
In a tour to the Television Critics Association, Bloys told Variety,
“They are in the room breaking story right now. My guess is we’ll see it on the air in ’22.”
In the prequel, we expect to learn more about the story of House of Targaryen 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones. GRRM is, once again, involved in the show’s creation as he’s the mastermind behind Game of Thrones and it’s companion, Fire and Blood.
Viewers may think that like the other prequel series that was unofficially titled, The Long Night, HBO might also can the House of Dragon. However, Bloys gave hope saying that this series won’t meet the same fate.
“Pilots — sometimes they come together, sometimes they don’t,” he said. “And I would say that was very much the case here. There’s nothing I would point to and say, ‘Oh, this was the problem.'”
“That [prequel] was 8,000 years before the current show, so it required a lot more invention,” he said. “One of the benefits of House of the Dragon is there was a text from George and there was a little bit more of a roadmap. [Goldman’s prequel] did have more challenges in terms of establishing a world, but I think she handled that beautifully… there wasn’t one glaring thing.”
GRRM is a busy man, but there’s reason to believe that he does indeed have the time to complete his long-awaited sixth book of A Song of Ice and Fire.
Last October, Martin wrote on his blog,
“I expect to be involved in [the production of House of the Dragon] to some extent… and, who knows, if things work out, I may even be able to script a few episodes, as I did for the first four seasons of Game Of Thrones.”
“But… let me make this perfectly clear… I am not taking on any scripts until I have finished and delivered Winds Of Winter. Winter is still coming, and Winds remains my priority, as much as I’d love to write an [episode] of House.”