They are House Targaryen of Old Valyria and they will take what’s theirs with fire and blood…starting with a Game Of Thrones prequel series on HBO.
HBO is nearing a pilot order for a fifth Game Of Thrones prequel. This unnamed series will be produced by Thrones author George R.R. Martin and Ryan Condal (Colony). It will follow “the beginning of the end” of House Targaryen and be set 300 years before the beginning of Game Of Thrones.
House Targaryen, to which Daenerys belongs, is an ancient family from Valyria on the continent of Essos. The family moved their seat to the tiny island on Dragonstone, on the western tip of the Valyrian Freehold many years before the society collapsed due to an event is known as “The Doom.” 300 years before the events of Game Of Thrones, Aegon I Targaryen lands in Westeros with his two sister-wives and their three dragons to conquer the continent and unite it under one rule.
Deadline’s scoop corroborates an earlier blog post from Martin, himself, on his charmingly antiquated LiveJournal blog “Not a Blog.” Back in May, Martin revealed that five Game Of Thrones successors remained in production at HBO. Three of those were “moving along nicely.” One of those three was the Age of Heroes-set prequel known as either The Long Night or Bloodmoon. In the blog post, Martin intimated that this newly-announced Targaryen prequel is one of the three as well, writing “What are they about? I cannot say. But maybe some of you should pick up a copy of FIRE & BLOOD and come up with your own theories.”
Fire & Blood is a prequel to Martin’s A Song Of Ice And Fire series (upon which Thrones is based) published in 2018. The book tells the story of the Targaryen dynasty in a history book format and chronicles Aegon’s conquest, his reign, and the subsequent reigns of his descendants Aenys, Maegor, Jaehaerys, Viserys, Aegon II, and Aegon III. The book is the first of two planned as there are still 10 Targaryen kings to go.
Deadline reports that this Fire & Blood-inspired prequel will cover a similar era to the now-scrapped Bryan Cogman prequel but from a new perspective. For those keeping score at home, this means that there were ultimately around five and a half prequels in development at HBO. Five original ideas, one canceled, and another one added to take its place. The House Targaryen prequel and the Age of Heroes prequel remain the only two whose concept and time period are clear. The Age of Heroes prequel starring Naomi Watts concluded filming on its pilot this summer and is currently in post-production.
Ryan Condal is best known as the creator of Syfy’s Colony and is currently developing Logan’s Run adaptation for Warner Bros. George R.R. Martin is still working on that long-awaited penultimate book, The Winds Of Winter. That will be released…eventually.