A Second ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel Following The Targaryens Nearing Pilot At HBO
According to reports, a second ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel series is nearing a pilot order at HBO, this one being based around the history of the Targaryen family.
The potential pilot comes from GoT’s George R.R. Martin & Ryan Condal ‘Colony’ co-creator. Set 300 years before the events of the main series, it explores the beginning of the end for House Targaryen. For those of you that need some help with your GoT history, that places it around the time of the “War of Conquest”, when Aegon Targaryen, alongside his sister-wives Rhaenys and Visenya, used three great dragons: Balerion, Meraxes, and Vhagar, to conquer Westeros, set King’s Landing as the capital, forge of the Iron Throne, and pretty much set up the backdrop of ‘Game Of Thrones’ as we know it… until Robert’s Rebellion against the “Mad King” 300yrs later. The series would be based around the book ‘Fire & Blood’, which begins with Aegon the Conqueror, and includes the “Dance of the Dragons”, which was the civil war between Aegon II and his half-sister Rhaenyra over their father Viserys I’s throne.
According to Deadline, who broke the news, this is not an additional sixth spin-off series, on top of the five we already knew about, but a reworking of one Bryan Cogman was developing. Martin had previously said that three of those series were still “moving forward nicely”, so this is presumable one of the three.
The other prequel, for which a pilot has already been filmed, is written by Jane Goldman and stars Naomi Watts and Josh Whitehouse. That is currently in post-production, and waiting for a thumbs up or thumbs down from HBO. That series is set thousands of years before the events of the main show. According to the official description, the series will follow multiple locations and clans, and “chronicles the world’s descent from the Golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. And only one thing is for sure: From the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the white walkers, the mysteries of the East, to the Starks of legend… it’s not the story we think we know.
It is not clear at the moment if this is an either/or situation, or if both of the possible pilots could get green lit. From previous comments made by HBO’s Bob Greenblatt, we know they are all too aware that they have to be “really thoughtful about not killing the golden goose and not putting on shows that aren’t up to that quality level.”
We’ll let you know when we hear more about possible ‘Game of Thrones’ prequels.
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