HBO set to order a ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel pilot about House Targaryen

HBO is close to ordering a pilot of a Game of Thrones prequel spinoff, all about House Targaryen, according to Deadline. Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin and Ryan J. Condal (Colony) are slated to serve as the executive producers of the series, which will be set 300 years before the events we watched unfold in Game of Thrones.

It will show us the events that led up to and the Dance of the Dragons itself, a Targaryen civil war which occurred about 200 years before the events in Game of Thrones. In Game of Thrones, Shireen Baratheon detailed the civil war after reading a book about it.

“It’s the story of the fight between Rhaenyra Targaryen and her half-brother Aegon for control over the Seven Kingdoms,” Shireen said to her father, Stannis Baratheon, per EW. “Both of them thought they belonged on the Iron Throne. When people started declaring for one of them or the other, their fight divided the kingdoms in two. Brothers fought brothers, dragons fought dragons. By the time it was over, thousands were dead. And it was a disaster for the Targaryens as well. They never truly recovered.”

The series will follow the storyline of Martin’s Fire & Blood, which was released in 2018 and told House Targaryen’s about 150-year history. Fire & Blood is set to be released in two volumes, but the second volume is reportedly years away from release.

Multiple writers tried their hand at writing the pilot script until it was apparently perfected by Condal.

The House Targaryen series has no title, as of yet.

Another untitled, mysterious Game of Thrones prequel is in the works for HBO, which will star Naomi Watts and is set thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones. This prequel’s vibes are reportedly much different than GOT’s, so maybe the House Targaryen series will give fans who are eager for more Game of Thrones what they’ve been craving ever since the show ended in May.

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Eilish O'Sullivan

Eilish O'Sullivan

Eilish O'Sullivan is an editorial intern for the Daily Dot studying journalism and government at the University of Texas at Austin. Her work has appeared in the Austin Chronicle and the Daily Texan.