HBO has ordered Game of Thrones‘ House Targaryen prequel TV show straight to series, revealing that it will be called House of the Dragon.
The announcement of House of the Dragon‘s series order also confirmed that the prequel series will be set 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones – around the time that Aegon I Targaryen and his sister-wives, Visenya and Rhaenys, launched their conquest of Westeros. The show’s tagline is “Fire Will Reign,” alluding to the fact that the Targaryens used the might of their dragons to take control of the Seven Kingdoms and begin a reign than lasted for three centuries – until finally Aerys the Mad King was slain by Jaime Lannister and Robert Baratheon ascended to the Iron Throne. That throne, incidentally, was forged from the swords that were surrendered to Aegon the Conqueror by the lords of Westeros, so we may actually get to see its creation in House of the Dragon.
The series will be based on George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood, a compilation of stories and historical records related to House Targaryen. The drama will consist of 10 episodes and received a straight to series order. No release date or casting details were announced.
The news comes just hours after HBO pulled the plug on its second Game of Thrones spinoff. The canceled series would have starred Naomi Watts and would have been set 4,000 years before the events of the parent show.
“The ‘Game of Thrones’ universe is so rich with stories,” says Casey Bloys, president, HBO programming. “We look forward to exploring the origins of House Targaryen and the earlier days of Westeros along with Miguel, Ryan and George.”
House of the Dragon is created by George R.R. Martin and Ryan Condal, with a pilot from Miguel Sapochnik. It will air on HBO.