A prequel to Game of Thrones titled Tales of Dunk and Egg, based on the collection of novellas by George R.R Martin, is in early development at HBO.
The show will follow the adventures of Sir Duncan the Tall (Dunk) and a young Aegon Targaryen V (Egg) ninety years prior to the events of A Song of Ice and Fire. For those of you fans who may not remember, Aegon Targaryen V was the older brother of Aemon Targaryen, who was maester of the Night’s Watch before he was replaced by Jon Snow.
George R.R Martin has three novellas in the Tales of Dunk and Egg series: The Hedge Knight in 1998, The Sworn Sword in 2003 and The Mystery Knight in 2010. A collection of the existing three novellas were then published as A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms on October 6th 2015, with illustrations by Gary Gianni.
According to exclusive sources from Variety, no writers nor actors have been revealed to be attached to the project, but it is paramount for HBO to find ways to build off of the success of Game of Thrones.
Tales of Dunk and Egg is the third prequel that has been entertained by HBO, with the other two being House of the Dragon and The Long Night, the latter of which, written by Jane Goldman and starring Naomi Watts and taking place ten thousand years before the events of Game of Thrones during Westeros’ Age of Heroes, went into pilot but was abandoned in 2019.
So just because the series is currently in development doesn’t mean that it will ever see the light of day. While many fans go George Martin’s material were hoping for a prequel based on Tales of Dunk and Egg, we can only hope that at least one of HBO’s spin-offs will make it to air soon.