It was just announced recently that HBO is pushing forward with their Targaryen-centric Game of Thrones spinoff, House of the Dragon, and just in, we have a few new details on the upcoming show which has been co-created by George R.R. Martin.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, House of the Dragon will take place 300 years before the events of GoT, and will show the rise and fall of the Targaryen dynasty. The first season is said to run for 10 episodes and will be based on Martin’s book Fire & Blood.
HBO programming president Casey Bloys had this to say about the show, “The Game of Thrones universe is so rich with stories… We look forward to exploring the origins of House Targaryen and the earlier days of Westeros along with Miguel [Sapochnik], Ryan [Condal], and George.”
HBO must have a lot of faith in this show with them immediately ordering a full series. The other spinoff that was in development, which was said to focus on the end of the “Age of Heroes” had been reportedly canceled after HBO was likely unimpressed with the pilot. Hopefully, they have a better sense with House of the Dragon.
If you ask me, I just want the series to come back to what made it intriguing which was the political intrigue and drama. When it came to the final seasons, it looked like everything else was kind of lost to prioritize big action sequences and CGI. If anything, I would have given away the Long Night Battle and The Bells sequence just for a full season where each of the characters got to develop more meaningfully.
For now, no release date has been set for the House of the Dragon.