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Fans of Game of Thrones who were left with a bad taste in their mouth after the divisive final season thought they were in for some good news shortly after the series came to an end when HBO announced that it had ordered another series from the works of fantasy writer George R.R. Martin. Titled House of the Dragon, the prequel series would serve as a Fire and Blood adaptation that would follow the rise of House Targaryen and would take place centuries before the events of the award-winning epic.

But it has been nearly a year since the show was announced in the fall of 2019 and still there's not much to show for it, leaving many fans wondering what's going on with the series and when they can expect to see Aegon Targaryen, and his army of dragons, in all their glory.

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What The Game Of Thrones Prequel Is About

All of those Sansa Stark fans clamoring for a spinoff series about the Queen of the North will have to wait their turn in line because the next HBO series based on the works of George R.R. Martin will be set 300 years prior to Game of Thrones and will mainly focus on the history of House Targaryen as was complied in the fantasy writer's Fire and Blood series (the first of two volumes was published in 2018). How much of the book will be adapted in the upcoming series remains to be seen, but one thing that is for sure is that we will all get to see where it all began for Jon and Dany's ancestors and all of that incest that has surrounded the family for centuries.

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A Full 10-Episode Season Was Ordered In October 2019

Typically, shows will shoot a pilot before receiving a full series order, but that wasn't the case for House of the Dragon, which received a full 10-episode straight-to-series order in October 2019. According to Deadline, the series was co-created by George R.R. Martin and Ryan Condal, with Condal and longtime Game of Thrones director Miguel Sapochnik handling the day-to-day operations of the upcoming prequel series.

Fans of the original series will probably best remember Miguel Sapochnik as the director of the Emmy Award-winning "Battle of the Bastards" and its follow up, the Season 6 finale, "The Winds of Winter." The accomplished television director was also responsible for two episodes in the show's final season, "The Long Night," and "The Bells."

The House of the Dragon project was just one of five Game of Thrones scripts that HBO ordered in 2018, and the only one, besides the prequel set thousands of years in the past that shot a pilot but wasn't picked up, to receive a green light for production.

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HBO President Initially Said The Show Would Debut In 2022

Even though House of the Dragon received a straight-to-series order in late 2019, Game of Thrones fans will have to wait a few years before they get to see Targaryens and dragons on the small screen again as the show won't hit the airwaves until at least 2022. In a January 2020 conversation with Deadline, HBO President of Programming Casey Bloys stressed that it would be sometime in 2022 before the show was ready for television, adding that George R.R. Martin and Ryan Condal were just getting started on getting everything written.

During the same interview, the HBO programming boss described House of the Dragon as a big and complicated show that would take some time plan out and that it was his main focus, at least in terms of the Game of Thrones projects, stating:

For me right now, I think getting House of the Dragon on the air will be my number one priority. There are no other blinking green lights or anything like that. Sometime down the road who knows, but there are no immediate plans. We are all focusing on House of the Dragon.

Two months after the Casey Bloys gave the interview, the entertainment world was brought to its knees in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, but that didn't stop the show's writers from pushing forward.

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The Show Was Still Being Written In June 2020

Nearly half a year went by before the world received an update on the status of House of the Dragon when George R.R. Martin provided some information on the writing process on his personal blog (yes, your eyes aren't deceiving you), where he had this to say about the upcoming prequel series:

Hollywood has slowed to a crawl thanks to the pandemic, but the House of the Dragon is still flying along wonderfully, thanks to Ryan Condal and his writers, and the tireless [writing assistant] Ti Mikkel.

George R.R. Martin previously reassured fans that he wouldn't start writing scripts for House of the Dragon until he finishes up the long-awaited Winds of Winter, having written in late 2019 that completing the novel is first and foremost on his to-do list.

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Casting Reportedly Began In Summer 2020

The June update from George R.R. Martin on the writing process wasn't the only update we received this summer as EW published a report in July 2020 that the casting process for the series had reportedly gotten under way. Although no details were provided on the roles the showrunners were looking to fill or when shooting would get started, just the news of a reported casting call is major news for the HBO fantasy series.

And despite not having a single character officially revealed at this point in the process, if House of the Dragon is going to focus on the Targaryen civl war, often referred to as the Dance of Dragons, then characters like King Viserys I, Princess Rhaenyra Targaryean, Prince Daemon Targaryen, and Aegon II Targaryen would ideally be included in the upcoming series.

When the show will fill those roles and when filming will get underway remains to be seen at this point in time, but we will have you covered when that information and everything else about House of the Dragon becomes available, here at CinemaBlend.

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