Remember when Game of Thrones was supposed to have a prequel coming out? Originally going to be called The Long Night, the show was to be set thousands of years in the past, and chronicle the fabled war between the allied forces of the First Men and the Children of the Forest against the White Walkers. Unfortunately, that show was quickly abandoned, and instead replaced with House of the Dragon, another prequel to be set three hundred years ago during Aegon Targaryen’s conquest of Westeros, but where is it? News about the upcoming Game of Thrones spinoff has been pretty absent these past couple of months, but now we finally know when it will be making its debut: in the year 2022.
Sadly, we don’t know much more than that. Miguel Sapochnik will be one of the showrunners for season one (the director of the episodes ’Hardhome’ and ‘Battle of the Bastards’, among others) as will screenwriter Ryan Condal (who will be the sole scriptwriter for the series). The show will be heavily influenced by George Martin’s Fire & Blood, an account of the history of House Targaryen, which covered many major events that we so far only heard about, such as the Dance of Dragons and the Doom of Valyria. We also know, thanks to a blog post by George Martin, that the show will most likely be revisiting some iconic shooting locations, which suggests that we might see some familiar sights. George Martin has also said that he will be involved in the new series – but not until he finally finishes the long-awaited sixth book in his A Song of Ice and Fire series.
We still know nothing about the cast, but it’s a safe bet that we won’t be seeing our favorite actors (the only plausible appearance would be Richard Brake as the Night King). As far as we can tell, the show is still in the casting stages of the process, as no details of actors have been released yet.
As a massive fan of the A Song of Ice and Fire franchise, I am incredibly excited for when this series finally comes to HBO. While George Martin’s work tends to have a frustrating history of taking quite a long time, it’s usually worth it, in my opinion.