|Fans of both the “Game of Thrones” TV and book series are aware of the complicated story of House Targaryen from their incestuous relationships with their family members to preserve their lineage to their passion for war and chaos / Photo by: Heather Paul via Flickr|
It's been months since we saw the last Targaryen dragon flying away with its mother’s dead body after Daenerys got murdered by Jon Snow aka Aegon Targaryen. Fans have a lot of theories as to where will Drogon go with Daenaery’s body, and some of these are filled with hope that the scene wouldn’t be the last time we’ll see a Targaryen in Westeros.
The good news is that the banner of House Targaryen will be on TV screens once again. But this time only Daenerys’ ancestors will grace us with their presence and their madness. Fans of both the “Game of Thrones” TV and book series are aware of the complicated story of House Targaryen from their incestuous relationships with their family members to preserve their lineage to their passion for war and chaos.
However, these good tidings for the followers of House Targaryen is bad news for the followers of House Stark and for the fans who like to know more about the history of the North and about the Children of the Forest because HBO decided to cancel its Naomi Watts-led “Game of Thrones” prequel before they gave a green light for “House of the Dragon.”
House of the Dragon
Hollywood Reporter, an American digital and print magazine and website, mentioned in their article that the “Game of Thrones” prequel will be titled “House of the Dragon.” The project is created by George R.R. Martin and Ryan Condal and will focus on House Targaryen. HBO announced that the series will have its formal series order at the end of HBO Max’s formal unveiling to investors.
The said prequel will be set 300 years before the events of the “Game of Thrones” series. This tracks the beginning of the glorious history of House Targaryen and will feature how their line of kings will end. Martin and Condal will supervise the script for the 10-episode project, which will be based on Martin’s book “Fire and Blood.”
Martin also announced that the pilot episode will be directed by Miguel Sapochnik, the director of the award-winning GoT episode “Battle of the Bastards,” and Vince Gerardis will be the series’ executive producer. It is reported that “House of the Dragon” will be the first project to stem from a new overall deal that Sapochnik has signed with HBO. Aside from that, it is also the first time that a series will not go through HBO’s typical years-long development process.
|The project is created by George R.R. Martin and Ryan Condal and will focus on House Targaryen / Photo by: Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons|
Fire and Blood
In 2018, Martin published a book that tells the story of the Targaryen family. The “Fire and Blood” series delves into the long generation of the legendary dragon-riding family that eventually produced Daenerys, one of the major (and the best) characters in the GoT series.
CNET, an American media website, said in their article that even though the book also mentioned the other ancestral families in Westeros, the novel highlights how Aegon the Conqueror united all the Seven Kingdoms from the North to Dorne. “Fire and Blood” is a huge book, and it will make the reader feel like they’re an archmaester from the Citadel as they read it, but it suffices since it covers the 150 years of the Targaryen history.
Based on the reports, “the show will focus on a period that leads up to, then eventually includes, the most dramatic event during Targaryen rule: The Dance of Dragons, the Targaryen Civil War.” A lot of loyal fans of GoT, especially those rooting for the Targaryens, are hoping that this new series will provide an accurate or maybe a close visualization of the infamous Targaryen rebels and heroes alike, such as Daemon Targaryen and the Blackfyre rebellion, and Queen Rhaenyra’s legacy as the Half-Year Queen.
The Targaryen History
Now that the history of House Targaryen will be unraveled, fans will get to know the legendary family aside from their history of madness, unusual marriages, and fire-breathing dragons. Insider, an American online media company, reported on their website that the TV series will feature Aegon I’s conquest together with his sister-wives Visenya and Rhaenys.
Fans should also expect that there will be more dragons flying around in this prequel series since they played a very important part in Targaryen history. But, since this show is set 300 years before the events from the GoT series, there will be no familiar faces on the show. Instead, you’ll see and hear familiar House names such as Stark, Baratheon, Lannister, as well as their notable lords and ladies who played a part in the complicated lineage of House Targaryen.
Unfortunately, the prequel show is not yet expected to be released on HBO until early 2021. There’s no exact date yet, but Martin announced on his website that Condal has already done “a considerable amount of writing,” so there’s still time to grab the “Fire and Blood” volume 1 while waiting for the TV series.
|Unfortunately, the prequel show is not yet expected to be released on HBO until early 2021 / Photo by: JasonParis via Flickr|