There's been some good news and bad news for Game of Thrones fans. Although the first prequel is not moving forward, the Targaryen-focused series dubbed House of the Dragon has been greenlighted and will feature the involvement of George R.R. Martin. But don't expect the A Song of Ice and Fire author to begin working on episodes for the new HBO show just yet. Martin has just confirmed that he will finish The Winds of Winter before turning his attention to the series.
Martin took to his blog Not A Blog to discuss the new prequel (actually, he calls it a successor series), which will be inspired by his book Fire and Blood. The writer praised the showrunners Ryan Condal and Miguel Sapochnik before revealing that it may take some time before he writes an episode for the show.
"I am not taking on any scripts until I have finished and delivered WINDS OF WINTER. Winter is still coming, and WINDS remains my priority, as much as I’d love to write an episodes [sic] of HOUSE," Martin wrote.
This is great news for fans who have been waiting two centuries for the sixth book of A Song of Ice and Fire (I'm kidding, it's only been one century so far). On the other hand, this could also mean that House of the Dragon will take forever if Condal and Sapochnik are determined to have Martin write the script. But since we're all used to waiting, it might actually be worth it, right?
House of the Dragon is still in early development and has not yet been given an official release date on HBO. Likewise, The Winds of Winter's publication date has not yet been announced although it is expected to be released by 2020.