It's been a while since we last checked in on George R.R. Martin and Ryan Condal's Game of Thrones spinoff series House of the Dragon. Written by a writing team headed by Condal and based on Martin's novels, House of The Dragon has tapped popular Game of Thrones director Miguel Sapochnik to direct the pilot and additional episodes, and partner with Condal as co-showrunners. During January 's Television Critics Association's winter press event, HBO President of Programming Casey Bloys revealed that writing was already underway with a look to 2022 for the show's debut. On his blog, Martin revealed that he expects to be involved with the series and possibly write a script or two, but not before he's wrapped the next novel, The Winds of Winter. While keeping details close, the author recommended Archmaester Gyldayn's Fire & Blood as well his two anthologies with Gardner Dozois (Dangerous Women, Rogues) as a little pre-series "homework."
Of course, that all took place during our pre-COVID-19 times before a pandemic impacted television series productions around the world. Thankfully, Martin took some earlier this week to offer a brief update on the spinoff and other television projects via his Not A Blog. Towards the end of the site's most recent post (a must-read for those waiting for The Winds of Winter), Martin mentioned the Hollywood slowdown but said that work was "flying along wonderfully, thanks to Ryan Condal and his writers, and the tireless Ti Mikkel." He also revealed that on the producing side, he will still working on moving his series adaptation of Nnedi Okorafor's Who Fears Death forward at HBO as well as relaunching the "Wild Cards" television project. He wrapped up his TV talk with teases of possible television projects based on the works of Roger Zelazny and Tony Hillerman, as well as a reference to "secret shorts" that should light "The Dumpster Fire of Speculation" ablaze. We'll bring the S'Mores.