If the series finale of Game of Thrones left a bitter taste in your mouth, we have some good news. No, we’re not getting a redo but the filming of the upcoming prequel The House of the Dragon has wrapped up, according to George R.R. Martin.
In his blog post, George R. R. Martin announced that filming for all 10 episodes of the first season has finished, adding “the writing, the directing, the acting all look terrific. My hat is off to [showrunner Ryan Condal] and [co-showrunner Miguel Sapcochnik] and their team, and to our amazing cast.”
That said, in case you need a refresher on what the Game of Thrones prequel series is all about, here’s what we found:
What’s it about?
According to HBO, the prequel series will be set 300 years prior to the events of Game of Thrones. While plot details are thin, we know that House of the Dragon will be loosely based on Martin’s Fire & Blood novel that was published in 2018.
The book covered the history of House Targaryen, spanning seven generations, from the arrival of Aegon the Conqueror to the all-out civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons. However, we think the prequel series will follow a more compact approach, focusing solely on the events of the Dance of the Dragons.
Who’s in it?
The extensive star cast includes a host of popular names, including Matt Smith (The Crown, Doctor Who), Olivia Cooke (Ready Player One), Emma D’Arcy (Truth Seekers) and Paddy Considine (HBO’s The Third Day and The Outsider).
Considine will play the role of King Viserys Targaryen, while Matt Smith will feature as Prince Daemon Targaryen, one of the central characters in the Dance of the Dragons conflict.
Other cast members include Steve Toussaint (It’s a Sin, Doctor Who), Eve Best (Nurse Jackie, The King’s Speech), Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill, The Amazing Spider-Man) and Sonoya Mizuno (Ex Machina, Crazy Rich Asians).
Who’s writing it?
Game of Thrones fans can rejoice, as David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will be opting out of the prequel series entirely. House of the Dragon will feature new showrunners, writer Ryan Condal (Colony) and director Miguel Sapochnik. The latter has directed some of the most action-packed episodes of GOT, including “Hardhome”, “Battle of the Bastards,” “The Winds of Winter,” “The Long Night” and “The Bells. Safe to say, we’re in good hands.
When is it coming out?
The teaser trailer confirmed that the show will debut sometime in 2022. While we don’t know the exact dates yet, and considering filming has just now wrapped, an end of year release looks likely. According to HBO and HBO Max Chief Content Officer, Casey Bloys, the network is “wary of announcing a release date due to ongoing pandemic production disruptions.”
What else are we getting?
House of the Dragon isn’t the only show set in the ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ universe. The network is also working on developing the Tales of Dunk and Egg series, set 90 years before the events of the War of the Five Kings, which took place in the main show. There are also rumours of several other spin-offs, including 9 Voyages aka Sea Snake, Flea Bottom, 10,000 Ships, as well as three potential animated series at HBOMax. However, all of them are yet to receive the green light.