Are you missing Game of Thrones?
Have you spent the last few months crying yourself to sleep at night thinking that you might never see a show that good ever again?
Or are you just waiting patiently for one of those prequel series we’ve been promised by HBO?
Apparently, the Jane Goldman-written series, starring Naomi Watts, may not be the only prequel series in the works, as Deadline has sussed out that creator George R.R. Martin is developing a series with Colony co-creator Ryan Condal that will be about House Targareyan, set 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones.
It’s rumored to be based on Martin’s 2018 novel Fire & Blood, which was also set 300 years before Martin’s still-unfinished Song of Fire and Ice. Martin’s series of books was the original basis for the HBO series, even though it spun off from the books’ narrative many seasons ago. Fire & Blood was also about the history of House Targaryen as they took up residence on Dragonstone as the only dragonlord survivors of the “Doom of Valyria.” If you have no idea of what any of that means, then you’re probably a Game of Thrones fan who has only watched the show.
What’s exciting about this development is that a House Targaryen series based on Fire & Blood will almost invariably involve a lot more dragons, which for many, is their favorite part of the original HBO series.
One caveat to remember is that if this series is in development and HBO hasn’t announced anything yet, it hasn’t been greenlit as of yet. The cost alone to make a series that involves dragons so heavily might make it a harder sell, although I’m sure many will want to see the origins of Daenerys’ family since we’ve heard so much about them but have only really seen Emilia Clarke‘s character and her “poor brother” Viserys (as played by Harry Lloyd), who really got what he deserved for pimping off his sister way back in Season One.
Considering how many shows are developed, film a pilot and then never make it to series every year is probably a pretty high number, we’ll have to wait and see whether Martin and Condal can deliver the goods in terms of shepherding this one through the system to becoming a real series.
HBO wouldn’t comment on the Deadline story and at the TCAs in July, neither would HBO Programming President Casey Bloys, when asked about other Game of Thrones prequel series.