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Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon could be coming in 2022

Only two more years before we can return to Westeros

Game of Thrones S08E05 Dany murder Image: HBO
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We may only have to wait two more years to head back to Westeros. HBO programming chief Casey Bloys told Variety in an interview on Wednesday afternoon, that his “best guess” was that the Game of Thrones Targaryen-focused prequel, House of the Dragon would debut sometime in 2022.

This timeline doesn’t stray far from expectations either. The show was first announced and ordered to series just last year when it started building up a writers room and preparing for production. Bloys estimated two year time timeline should give the show plenty of time to get staffed, for the episodes to get written, and of course for the lengthy process of actual production.

The show is set about 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones and will follow the rise and reign of the Targaryen dynasty as it first conquers and then rules Westeros. The show will be heavily based on the stories from Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire prequel novel Fire & Blood, which covers almost 140 years of Targaryen history in Westeros.

House of the Dragon is being co-created by A Song of Ice and Fire author, George R.R. Martin and Ryan Condal (Colony). Condal will also serve as the series’ showrunner alongside celebrated Game of Thrones director Miguel Sapochnik. Sapochnik will also direct the pilot of House of the Dragon, as well as other episodes later in the series.

While Martin has said in the past that several Game of Thrones spinoff shows are in development at HBO, House of the Dragon is the only one that has been ordered to series so far. Just last year, at the same that House of the Dragon was ordered, HBO declined to take another spinoff to series. The other spinoff would have been focused on the Long Night and was being created by Jane Goodman. So far, those are the only two potential Game of Thrones series that have been publicly announced.

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