9 periods in Westeros history perfect for another Game of Thrones spinoff

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House of the Dragon. Photograph by Ollie Upton / HBO
House of the Dragon. Photograph by Ollie Upton / HBO /

The Age of Valyria and the coming of the Andals

In our world, the fall of the Western Roman Empire ushered in a period known as the “Dark Ages.” The fall of Valyria is, in many respects, the Song of Ice and Fire equivalent. However, what was Valyria like in its prime?

This question has been asked by many fans of the series, and it could be explored in a prequel series. The Age of Valyria would focus on the rise and fall of the most powerful empire in the history of Westeros. It would be an epic tale, spanning multiple continents and featuring a cast of characters from all walks of life. The potential for drama, action, and intrigue is vast, and it would be fascinating to see how the various cultures of Essos interacted with each other during this period.

The Ghiscari wars might be a focus of the show, where Valyria defeats the great Old Empire of Ghis, thanks mainly to their dragons. Around this time, Valyria begins practicing slavery, giving the show ample opportunity for social commentary. We could also get into the exodus of the Andals to Westeros, where they land at the Vale of Arryn before spreading across the continent.

This would give the show a perfect chance to tell a story across multiple locales, diving into the story of Valyria on Essos and the war between the Andals, the Children of the Forest, and the First Men in Westeros.

The Age of Valyria could easily be a multi-season show and would undoubtedly be a ratings success for HBO. With its rich history and complex world-building, it would be a prequel series that fans would love.