On October 29, 2019, HBO officially announced its order for a Game of Thrones spinoff, a 10 episode straight to series show titled House of the Dragon. The spinoff, based off George R.R. Martin’s Fire and Blood, will center around the Targaryen family around 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones, according to Business Insider.
The announcement for this particular prequel comes just after the cancellation of another Game of Thrones prequel, which would have centered around the first war between humans and White Walkers, thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones. The project had been in development earlier this year, and a pilot for the cancelled prequel had been filmed in Ireland over the summer, according to a CBS report.
The announcement for House of the Dragon also comes just months after the controversial final season of Game of Thrones, which had left both critics and fans generally disappointed with how the series finished. The series, which in the final two seasons had surpassed the point of where the books left off, had spiraled down in terms of plot quality, and had, according to some joking fans on social media “effectively killed the fandom” before ending. It will be interesting to see whether House of the Dragon can reinvigorate the Game of Thrones fan base, now that HBO will be utilize book material again.
House of the Dragon is still in early development, and has yet to have a release date, filming dates, or a full cast.