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HBO: House of the Dragon Will Be Launched in 2022

Game of Thrones prequel is still being written
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 16, 2020 4:42 AM CST
This image released by HBO shows Sean Bean, foreground, and Sophie Turner, background from second left, Lena Headey and Jack Gleeson in a scene from the first season of "Game of Thrones."   (HBO via AP)
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(Newser) Game of Thrones fans are going to have to wait a while for more from Westeros. HBO president of programming Casey Bloys says prequel House of the Dragon is still being written, but his guess is that it will premiere "sometime in 2022." Bloys tell Deadline that there is no casting news yet from what will be a "big, complicated show." Bloys confirmed in October that the network had ordered the series, which is set around 300 years before the events in Game of Thrones. Other successors are in the works, but "for me for right now, I think getting House of the Dragon on the air will be the number one priority," Bloys says. "There are no other blinking green lights or anything like that. Sometime down the road who knows, but there are no immediate plans. We are all focusing on House of the Dragon."

Bloys explained that House of the Dragon was chosen over a prequel set thousand of years earlier because there was more of a "road map," meaning George RR Martin's 2018 book Fire and Blood, Gizmodo reports. He says the need for much more "world creation" was one of the reasons the prequel written by Jane Goldman did not become a series after the pilot episode. "I think Jane did a beautiful job, it was a big challenge but there was nothing that I would point to and say, oh, that one element did not work, just overall it did not quite gel," he says. Bloys says that when they started to think about "life after Game of Thrones," they "purposefully developed multiple projects" because "as you know, it takes a lot of tries to get it right." (Read more Game of Thrones stories.)

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