Topic: House of the Dragon (Game of Thrones Prequel Series) [In Development]

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The new prequel is written by Ryan Condal (Colony), with George R.R. Martin set to co-executive produce. The project is based on Martin's 2019 book Fire and Blood, and is a history of House Targaryen (the ancestors of Daenerys) as they fight through a civil war. The 10-episode project is set 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones. --Source

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There's so much to work with here, exploring the origins of House Targaryen, and the earlier days of Westeros, that it's not even funny. I expect this series to have a considerable budget thrown at it right off the bat. This series is still in its developmental stages, and no release date confirmed as of yet.

Fire & Blood is superb overall, and the Dance of the Dragons story is IMHO, out-of-this-world. A massive civil war of succession between two rival branches of House Targaryen, fought 170 years before the War of the Five Kings. It is called the "Dance of the Dragons" by singers and in popular memory because it was the only major war in Westeros in which both sides had dragons. It was also the first full-scale civil war ever to take place in the Seven Kingdoms. During the Dance brother fought brother, Targaryen fought Targaryen, and dragon fought dragon. It is bloody, incestuous, and full of twists and turns that showed GRRM at his best. It's also incredibly sad (F&B overall makes it even sadder) and completely foreshadows the eventual final demise of House Targaryen (as depicted in the TV show, at least). Dance of the Dragons was the most devastating war in the history of the Seven Kingdoms. Only the War of the Five Kings begins to approach its sheer scale of destruction.

I think this show also has a chance to fix some of the narratives surrounding the final season of Game of Thrones. Perhaps by portraying the Targaryen dynasty in all of its glory–ruthless, selfish, dragon-driven frenzy of destruction–it may make Daenerys more understandable as the last in a line of merciless tyrants, rather than a fan-favorite young queen subjected to a barely-fleshed-out-and-unearned heel turn (as depicted in the TV show, at least). Even while knowing this, I admittedly fell victim to this as well.

I believe the goal here for HBO is to eventually have the events of the new series lead up to The Dance of the Dragons. Dance of the Dragons is undoubtedly a story I would love to see adapted, far more so than the Dunk and Egg stories, or Aegon's Conquest. Speaking of which, the prequel starring Naomi Watts apparently isn't moving forward at HBO. Let me also clarify that the Dance of the Dragons story and events take place in Fire & Blood. Fire & Blood tells the history of House Targaryen. This upcoming show (House of the Dragon) is based on Fire & Blood. Depending on how well this series is received (in the long run), it could potentially cover a lot more than what I'm describing here.

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Re: House of the Dragon (Game of Thrones Prequel Series) [In Development]

I requested the show to be added earlier and thought I'd start a thread about it some other day... and then you did it. Cool! smile

I plan to not get too involved with the show's details until the first trailer drops. cool

Re: House of the Dragon (Game of Thrones Prequel Series) [In Development]

lighton wrote:

I requested the show to be added earlier and thought I'd start a thread about it some other day... and then you did it. Cool! smile


Ha, I requested the show too, but I saw that your request was added instead. Apparently we asked for the same show on the same day, but you requested it before me. Which led me to an idea that popped in my head, and I'll share it later in your forum thread. smile

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