'Game of Thrones' prequel 'House of the Dragon' lands 10-episode series order at HBO

Based on the George R.R. Martin book, 'Fire & Blood', 'House of the Dragon' will focus on the House Targaryen, set 300 years before the events of 'Game of Thrones.'

                            'Game of Thrones' prequel 'House of the Dragon' lands 10-episode series order at HBO

Where one prequel bites the dust, another rises. Fans clamoring for more ‘Game of Thrones’ content will still be getting just that from HBO. Close on the heels of HBO’s cancellation of ‘Bloodmoon’ - a ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel series starring Naomi Watts - HBO has given a straight-to-series, 10 episode order to another ‘Game of Thrones’ sequel called ‘House of the Dragon,’ co-created by George R.R. Martin and Ryan Condal. 

The showrunners will be Miguel Sapochnik and Ryan Condal, who will also serve as executive producers along with Martin and Vince Gerardis. The announcement was made by Casey Bloys, the president of HBO Programming, as part as a series of announcements from HBO on what is being tagged as WarnerMediaDay. 

‘House of the Dragon’ will be based on Martin’s fantasy book ‘Fire & Blood,’ which is set 300 years before the events of ‘Game of Thrones.’ It follows the story of House Targaryen. HBO also released a poster for the series with the tagline ‘Fire Will Reign.’

Poster for 'House of the Dragon.' (HBO)

The pilot and additional episodes will be directed by Miguel Sapochnik, while fellow showrunner Ryan Condal will write the series. 
“The ‘Game of Thrones’ universe is so rich with stories,” says Casey Bloys, president of HBO programming. “We look forward to exploring the origins of House Targaryen and the earlier days of Westeros along with Miguel, Ryan and George.”

This will not be Sapochnik’s first work in the ‘Game of Thrones’ universe. He has directed six episodes for the original series. Most notably, he received an Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series as well as the Directors Guild of America Award for the “Game of Thrones” episode, ‘Battle of The Bastards.’ ‘House of the Dragon’ will be his first project in an overall deal with HBO that has him developing and producing content for both HBO and HBO Max. He also won the Emmy for Best Drama Series as an Executive Producer for the final season.

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