Although it is not shocking that HBO would continue to produce long-running Game of Thrones installments, you might not have expected a new prequel based on the same source material as House of the Dragon.
According to Variety, a spinoff centered on the first Targaryen invasion of a nation that fans have been very familiar with over the course of two TV series and George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire books is being considered. In the “very early stages,” a spectacle featuring Aegon I Targaryen riding Balerion the Black Dread over from Dragonstone with his “sister-wives” and fellow dragon-riders Visenya and Rhaenys is “actively discussed,” the magazine reports, citing sources.
The beginning of GRRM’s Fire and Blood provides a detailed account of Aegon’s Conquest, which is so fundamental to Westeros that years are labeled AC (After the Conquest) or BC (Before the Conquest). The 2018 book continues by detailing the actions of the House of the Dragon (i.e., the Targaryen civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons) as well as the family’s whole history up to the end of their dynasty, which ended two decades before the events of Game of Thrones.
The prospect of a movie tie-in, where “HBO and Warner Bros. would develop a feature film that would then lead into the potential series, though plans remain in flux at this time,” according to Variety, makes this potential spinoff even more intriguing.
Although HBO is “keen to move forward and get it into development,” no writers are currently attached.