It’s going to be a while before we get back to Westeros. In an interview for Deadline, HBO’s president of programming, Casey Bloys, explains that the series derived from Game of Thrones won’t hit our screens until 2022. House of the Dragon should take place 300 years before the plot of HBO’s flagship series.
The Game of Thrones adventure won’t end with the series by D.B. Weiss and David Benioff. HBO does not intend to let the goose that lays the golden eggs rest for very long, and is already preparing for the next Westeros adventure. Interviewed by Deadline, the president of HBO programs, Casey Bloys gives some new information about the House of Dragons project. If it was Jane Goldman’s series, The Long Night, that was expected to take over, it was finally Ryan Condal and his predecessor to the original story who were chosen. The series had already shot its pilot and was to include Naomi Watts in its cast. The production seemed to be on track, but will have been nipped in the (dragon) egg. The reasons for this turnaround had remained mysterious, but Bloys lifts the veil “Jane did a wonderful job. It was a real challenge, there was a lot more creative work, because the series had to happen 8,000 years before Game of Thrones. With House of the Dragon, there’s a text, a book that provides a roadmap for the series.” So HBO chose security and preferred to rely on a work by George R.R. Martin Fire and Blood.
In bookshops since 2018, the book traces the reign of the Targaryen kings from the conquest of Aegon I to the last king of the Aerys II dynasty. As far as the plot is concerned, HBO remains discreet, but we can imagine that several characters will take over their roles. Thus, we could see the Mad King again, played by David Rintoul in several flashbacks of the series. Rhaegar Targaryen could also be part of the game, why not in the guise of Wilf Scolding. Daenerys Targaryen’s brother played a key role in the conflict between the Targaryens and Robert Baratheon before the events in Game of Thrones. The series could explore the Shakespearean romance between the character and Lyanna Stark.
HBO will not be satisfied with just one series, and is already considering new productions. “Right now, I think getting House of Dragon on the air is our priority. We haven’t given the go-ahead for anything else. Later certainly, but that’s not in our plans right now. We focus on “House of the Dragon” timed Bloys. Nevertheless, we can expect to see Game of Thrones on our screens in the years to come. Reopening of the gates of Westeros in 2022. We’re gonna have to be patient. In the meantime, no doubt HBO will give us regular updates on House of the Dragon. The chain takes the time to develop and still gets down to writing.
Game Of Thrones (The Throne of Thrones)
- HBO (12/03/2019)
- DVD, Parental consent desired
- Running time: 430 minutes
- Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Conleth Hill, Rory McCann, Liam Cunningham