After two years of idea development, the first “Game of Thrones” prequel series is officially happening. HBO on Tuesday evening announced it’d “given a 10-episode, straight-to-series order” for “House of the Dragon” — a Targaryen-centric prequel set about 300 years before the events of “Game of Thrones.”
The new show’s cocreators are George R.R. Martin, the author of “A Song of Ice and Fire” and the latest Westeros-based novel, “Fire and Blood,” and Ryan Condal.
Condal will serve as showrunner of “House of the Dragon” alongside Miguel Sapochnik — the famed “Game of Thrones” director who helmed “Hardhome,” “Battle of the Bastards,” and “The Winds of Winter” (three of the original show’s most beloved episodes).
Sapochnik “will direct the pilot and additional episodes,” according to HBO’s press release.
“The ‘Game of Thrones’ universe is so rich with stories,” HBO’s programming president, Casey Bloys, said in the announcement email. “We look forward to exploring the origins of House Targaryen and the earlier days of Westeros along with Miguel, Ryan and George.”
The news came on the same day outlets including Deadline and Entertainment Weekly reported that the first “Game of Thrones” prequel idea, set around the Long Night, was no longer moving forward.