The Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon is still in works and, as HBO president Casey Bloys told outlets including TVLine, the series will likely debut in 2022.
“My suspicion is it will be on the air sometime in 2022,” he said.
Based on George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood, the series is set 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones and tells the story of House Targaryen. The program was co-created by Martin and Colony‘s Ryan Condal. “Battle of the Bastards” director Miguel Sapochnik will direct the pilot and additional episodes. Condal and Sapochnik will partner as showrunners on the series, which will be written by Condal.
The program is the final winner in HBO’s informal contest to find a Game of Thrones prequel series. At one point, five pitches vied for the cable outlet’s interest, with Jane Goldman’s look at the original Long Night seemingly winning the prize. Then, HBO chose not to go forward with it, choosing Condal’s series instead. In doing so, HBO has chosen a project which will look far more like Game of Thrones than anyone expected. As Bloys put it recently, the Goldman pilot was a huge re-invention of the GoT world, but he did not say it was the reason the network ultimately passed on the project.
The history of the Targaryens begins with the Doom of Valyria, the cataclysmic end of the major freehold in Essos. Sensing the coming Doom, the Targaryens began making their way across the Narrow Sea and, eventually, took control of the Seven Kindgoms of Westeros. It is unclear when the series will start, but we hope the first season leads up to the Doom.
House of the Dragon will (likely) debut on HBO in 2022.