While the history of the Long Night may remain in the pages of A Song of Ice and Fire, the story of the Targaryens in Westeros will be HBO’s next great fantasy epic as the cable outlet has announced it will pick up House of the Dragon with a 10-episode first season order.
Based on George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood, the series, set 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones, 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, as revealed earlier today, 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.
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 debut on HBO sometime in the future.