Ever since Game of Thrones went out in a blaze of controversial glory, fans have been waiting for news of the various prequel series that are in varying states of development . Despite casting Naomi Watts and filming a pilot, the prequel tentatively titled The Long Night was cancelled.
However, House of the Dragon, a series taking place hundreds of years before the events of Game of Thrones and focusing on the rise of the Targaryens was picked up straight to series on HBO.
The series is still in very early development and no casting decisions have been made, HBO President of Programming Casey Bloys offered a brief update to Deadline during the TCAs.
According to Bloys, Thrones fans have a bit of a wait ahead of them. He explained that “my guess is sometime in 2022” but it was too early in the process to get more specific.
He also said that show creators George R.R. Martin and Ryan Condal “are starting writing… Obviously it’s a big, complicated show.” Not much to go on, but it’s a start!
While it was initially reported that there were four sequels/spinoffs in development, Bloys stressed that House of the Dragon was the primary focus.
“For me for right now, I think getting House of the Dragon on the air will be the number one priority. There are no other blinking green lights or anything like that. Sometime down the road who knows, but there are no immediate plans. We are all focusing on House of the Dragon.”
Bloys also offered an explanation why The Long Night was cancelled before it even began.
“In development, in pilots, sometimes things come together, some time they don’t. One of the things I think Jane [Goldman] took on beautifully, which was a challenge, there was a lot more role creation because she set hers 8,000 years before the (mothership) show, so it required a lot more. That is a big swing. One of the things about House of Dragons, there is a text, there is a book so that made it a little bit more of a road map for a series order.”
According to Bloys, it wasn’t one particular element that didn’t work. It just wasn’t the right direction for the franchise.
“I think Jane did a beautiful job, it was a big challenge but there was nothing that I would point to and say, oh, that one element did not work, just overall it did not quite gel. That’s one of the reasons when we started out to think about ‘Is there a life after Game of Thrones in terms of Game of Thrones,’ we purposefully developed multiple projects. We would have been very lucky to do one pilot, have that pilot go and be a success but in development as you know, it takes a lot of tries to get it right, this is no different.”
Will you be tuning into House of the Dragon?