"Game of Thrones": HBO Developing House Targaryen-Focused Prequel Series [REPORT]
Dragons will be soaring again over Westeros with HBO reportedly nearing an agreement for a pilot for a prequel series set in the Game of Thrones world based on George R. R. Martin's Fire & Blood, a companion book from his A Song of Fire and Ice series focusing on House Targaryen. Fire & Blood touches on the genealogy of previous rulers from Targaryen royalty like Aegon the Conqueror, the first ruler of Westeros; as well as Aegon the Dragonbane – both are among the ancestors of Viserys (Harry Lloyd), Daenarys (Emilia Clarke), and Jon Snow (Kit Harington).
Created by D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, Game of Thrones came off its epic final season with a staggering 32-Emmy nominations – with much of the principal cast sharing acting nominations in multiple categories – despite mixed reactions from much of its fanbase.
Developed by Martin and Colony co-creator and executive producer Ryan Condal, the pilot would take place 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones. While HBO declined comment (based on Deadline reporting), Martin previously hinted via his blog that one of the prequel series would be based on the companion book.
HBO initially announced five spinoff series would be in development, but the only show confirmed is set thousands of years before the original series (with Naomi Watts in the starring role) which will focus on what Martin describes as "The Longest Night" – an event that caused widespread terror and famine throughout Westeros. It will also explore the origins of the White Walkers, the mysteries of Essos, and the beginnings of House Stark.
Joining Watts on the series are Josh Whitehouse, Miranda Richardson, Naomi Ackie, Denise Gough, and Jamie Campbell Bower. Jane Goldman will serve as showrunner, co-creating the series with Martin – with S.J. Clarkson set to direct the pilot as well as executive produce.