A Game Of Thrones Targaryen Prequel Is In Development

A Game Of Thrones Targaryen Prequel Is In Development
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If you didn’t have enough Game of Thrones in your life, HBO’s reportedly given the green light to a prequel that’s set to follow House Targaryen from the beginning.

First reported by Deadline and confirmed separately by Variety, the spin-off would be centred on the Fire & Blood book that focuses on the lineage of Targaryen kings of old, including Aegon the Dragonbane and Aegon the Conqueror.

Ryan Condal, the executive producer and co-creator of Colony, is putting together the prequel project. It’s not the only GoT spin-off project in the works at HBO: Naomi Watts is starring in a separate spin-off that began shooting this winter, and has since moved into post-production.

Fire & Blood begins with Aegon the Conqueror, whose death triggered the events of the first Game of Thrones season, and focuses on the timeline all the way up to the civil war that nearly destroyed the Targaryen family. Deadline is reporting that the war, which is known as the Dance of the Dragons and took place 170 years before the war involving the Baratheons, Starks, Greyjoys, and other families and players in Westeros.

George R. R. Martin intimated on his LiveJournal in May that one of HBO’s prequel series was based on Fire & Blood, adding that one of the shows he was “not supposed to call THE LONG NIGHT will be shooting later this year”.

“Two other shows remain in the script stage, but are edging closer. What are they about? I cannot say. But maybe some of you should pick up a copy of FIRE & BLOOD and come up with your own theories,” Martin said.


    • I mean, this is introducing people like me who haven’t read the books to how we got to where we did in GoT. If it’s done right it will just be a separate series of stories set before the original series.
      Also, how do you overexplain lore?

      • It’s a trap prequels fall into all the time. The best part about lore is that it’s full of ideas that are ideas that don’t have to fall conventional or satisfying arcs. They don’t have to worry about interesting character growth. Just concentrated ideas that sound interesting and can be used as a character’s motivation in the actual story. It’s the perfect “close your eyes and imagine what it’d be like”.

        Trying to flesh out lore often weakens it, because in adding everything you need to flesh out a full series, you end up diluting the original premise.

        Sometimes it’s okay to leave a story alone. But hey, GoT is just money in the bank, so why wouldn’t they develop whatever they can from it.

  • Writing stories before the first book/season of GoT is very much missing the point. Fire & Blood never really sat well with me.

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