Author George R.R. Martin got a first look at the new “Game of Thrones” prequel series!
The fledgling HBO series titled “House of the Dragon” recently wrapped production of its first 10-episode season. Set 300 years before “Game of Thrones,” the series features a talented ensemble cast of “Doctor Who” star Matt Smith, Paddy Considine, Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, Fabien Frankel, Rhys Ifans, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best, and Sonoya Mizuno.
George R.R. Martin Says That Shooting For ‘House Of The Dragon’ Has Wrapped!
On his website, the established author revealed that shooting has indeed wrapped for the show’s debut season. “Exciting news out of London — I am informed that shooting has WRAPPED for the first season of HOUSE OF THE DRAGON,” he wrote.
“Yes, all ten episodes,” he added. “I have seen rough cuts of a few of them, and I’m loving them. Of course, a lot more work needs to be done. Special effects, color timing, score, all the post-production work.”
“But the writing, the directing, the acting all look terrific,” he went on. “I hope you will like them as much as I do. My hat is off to Ryan and Miguel and their team, and to our amazing cast.”
However, he stopped short of providing fans with a release date. All fans know right now is that the show is expected to debut sometime in 2022.
“So when will you get to see it, you ask? When will the dragons dance?” he asked. “I wish I could tell you. Lots of work remains to be done, as I said, and covid makes planning difficult. This spring? Unlikely. Maybe summer? Could be. Fall? Who knows?”
“You’ll know when we do,” he concluded. At the bottom of the post, he labeled his current mood excited.
Martin has been teasing fans about the upcoming series since last December, when he posted another update on his blog calling it the most anticipated new show of the season.
George R.R. Martin Says ‘House Of The Dragon’ Is THE Most Anticipated Show Of 2022!
On a separate blog post, Martin wrote, “The new year is almost at hand, and with it will come all manner of new television shows, on network, cable, and streamers.”
“I have got to confess, I was chuffed to read that the most anticipated new show, according to IMDB, was… (drum roll, please) HOUSE OF THE DRAGON!” he wrote.
“That’s a h— of a list to be at the top of, too,” he admitted. “Amazon’s new Tolkien series? Neil Gaiman’s SANDMAN? Marvel shows? STAR WARS shows? Good company.”
“I am anticipating HOUSE OF THE DRAGON pretty eagerly myself, for what it’s worth,” he went on. “Okay, I am hardly objective. And I know a lot of what you will be seeing. (I, um, wrote the book). Also … mum’s the word now, don’t tell anyone… I’ve seen a rough cut of the first episode. And loved it. It’s dark, it’s powerful, it’s visceral… just the way I like my epic fantasy.”
“Ryan and Miguel have done an amazing job, and the cast… just as with GAME OF THRONES, most viewers will only have heard of a few of the actors, but I think you are going to fall in love with a lot of them,” he wrote before warning, “(Only to have your heart broken later when… but no, that would be telling).”
“I think the Targaryens are in very good hands,” he added. “Anticipate away. I do not think you will be disappointed.”
Fans will no doubt be disappointed when their fan-favorite characters meet a grisly end, but all fans can do is speculate for now!
Will ‘House Of The Dragon’ Going To Get A Second Season?
HBO and HBO Max Chief Content Officer Casey Bloys recently admitted that he has no idea when “House of the Dragon” is going to hit the streaming service.
“Now that we are out of production, I think that we will talk to their guys and figure out what we want to do in terms of announcing a date,” he said. “But I was just trying to make sure that we didn’t come out with a date that we couldn’t meet for something that was out of our control.”
However, he did admit that there is likely to be a second season of the series.
“If you’re betting on whether we’re going to do a second season, I think it’s probably a pretty good bet,” Bloys said. “Generally speaking, we usually let something air and see how it does, but obviously, we’ll make preparations ahead of time to make sure we’re ahead of the game.”
Fans can look forward to watching “House of the Dragon” some time in 2022!