It’s been a busy day for HBO. On the one hand, the premium cabler outright canceled its Game of Thrones prequel set during the Age of Heroes, tentatively called Bloodmoon. On the other, it’s ordered straight to series a prequel all about House Targaryen, based on George R.R. Martin Fire & Blood. The title? House of the Dragon.
As HBO says, House of the Dragon is co-created by A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin and Colony writer/producer Ryan Condal. Miguel Sapochnik — the director behind excellent Game of Thrones episodes like “Hardhome,” “Battle of the Bastards” and “The Winds of Winter” — will serve as co-showrunner and direct the pilot as well as other episodes. Condal will write. It’s unclear what the writers room will look like at this point.
House of the Dragon is the perfect name for a prequel series about House Targaryen. From Aegon Targaryen and his sister-wives conquering the Seven Kingdoms astride their massive dragons to the Targaryen civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons, there are a ton of great stories HBO could tell.
Might we see Aegon the Conqueror melting Harenhal like a wax candle, or Maegor the Cruel fighting against the Faith Militant, or perhaps the reign of King Jaehaerys and Queen Alysanne, maybe even the fascinating tale of Elissa Farman, who sailed farther west than anyone in history? Fire & Blood is packed to the gills with interesting characters, and we can’t wait to see which ones take center stage.
As for now, there is no start date for production on the show, but with a title and full series order from HBO — meaning they’re going to make a season of this right off the bat, rather than make a pilot and see how it goes — expect things to start moving rather quickly.