House of the Dragon: GOT prequel sets spring 2021 production start
In a recent interview with TVLine, Chief Content Officer at HBO and HBO Max, Casey Bloys has confirmed they’re currently expecting to start production on HBO’s upcoming Game of Thrones prequel spinoff House of the Dragon this coming April 2021 which would be nearly two years since the original series concluded its eight-season run. The series will shoot primarily in England, moving from Game of Thrones’ main-based location in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Based on George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood, the 10-episode series will chronicle the rise and the downfall of the Targaryens, who is the only family of dragonlords to survive the Doom of Valyria. It will take place 300 years before the events of the award-winning series adaptation of Game of Thrones which aired its final episode last May 2019.
House of the Dragon will star BAFTA winner Paddy Considine (Tyrannosaur, Dog Altogether, The Outsider) as King Viserys I, Emmy-nominated actor Matt Smith (Doctor Who, The Crown) as Prince Daemon Targaryen, Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel, Ready Player One) as Alicent Hightower and Emma D’Arcy (Truth Seekers) as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen.
House of the Dragon is created by George R.R. Martin and Ryan Condal (Colony). Miguel Sapochnik has also signed on to direct the pilot and additional episodes of the series. Sapochnik and Condal are also set as co-showrunners of the prequel. Martin, Sapochnik, Condal, Vince Gerardis, and Sara Lee Hess will executive produce. The series is eyeing a 2022 debut.