HBO has begun casting for its Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon.

The series is based on George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood. The show will follow the history of House Targaryen 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones.

So far, specific casting details are being kept under wraps. With Fire & Blood covering so much Targaryen history – over 150 years – it’s hard to pin down when exactly House of the Dragon will take place. However, fans can reasonably expect to see the Targaryen Civil War at some point. Also called the Dance of Dragons, the bloody event that tore Westeros apart was referenced in GOT.

Ryan Condal (Colony) serves as showrunner alongside GOT veteran Miguel Sapochnik (“The Battle of the Bastards” and “The Winds of Winter”). Sapochnik will also direct the pilot and additional episodes of the series.

So far, HBO has committed to 10 episodes of the series. House of the Dragon replaces a different GOT prequel starring Naomi Watts. That series filmed a pilot, but was ultimately scrapped last year. HBO expects the series to arrive in 2022.

Will we get a new GOT book or TV series first?

Will fans have to wait two more years for Game of Thrones content? Or will author George R.R. Martin come through in 2021?

Martin claimed the COVID-19 shutdowns have been helping him commit to writing the next GOT book, The Winds of Winter. He expects the sixth book in the Song of Ice and Fire series to be ready some time in 2021.

Of course, fans have heard Martin’s claims before. A Dance with Dragons, the last novel released in the series, came out almost a decade ago in 2011.

Personally, I think we’ll be tuning in to House of the Dragon before The Winds of Winter hits shelves.

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Source: Entertainment Weekly