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HBO announces the first Game of Thrones prequel series “House of the Dragon”

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Game of Thrones prequel news has been heavy today. Hours after we heard about the cancellation of Jane Goldman’s Game of Thrones prequel, we today got an official announcement from HBO, ordering the first ever Game of Thrones prequel, straight to series! The show will be called “House of the Dragon“. Read on!

“House of the Dragon” will be written by Ryan Condal, with George R.R. Martin on-board as a co-executive producer. The project is based on Fire and Blood, GRRM’s 2019 book which explores the history of House Targaryen, leading up to the civil war that ultimately led to the doom of the once great house. The series will be set 300 years prior to the events of Game of Thrones.

#HouseOfTheDragon, a #GameofThrones prequel is coming to @HBO.

The series is co-created by @GRRMSpeaking and Ryan Condal. Miguel Sapochnik will partner with Condal as showrunner and will direct the pilot and additional episodes. Condal will be writing the series. pic.twitter.com/9ttMzElgXm

— Game of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) October 29, 2019

Now, we know that HBO had multiple Game of Thrones prequels under development. The first one, helmed by Jane Goldman, and dubbed The Long Night, starring Naomi Watts had gotten a pilot order. Following that, today, it was announced that HBO will not be moving forward with it. In the meantime, we had recently talked about another prequel being close to a pilot order, but HBO has now skipped the pilot stage and directly ordered the show to a series, as announced by HBO programming chief Casey Bloys at today’s event for AT&T’s new streaming’s service, HBO Max. Bloys said:

“The Game of Thrones universe is so rich with stories. We look forward to exploring the origins of House Targaryen and the earlier days of Westeros along with Miguel, Ryan and George.”

Miguel Sapochnik, who directed multiple battle episodes of Thrones, will direct the pilot and more episodes, and serve as a showrunner along with Condal, as a part of his new deal with HBO to produce content for HBO and HBO Max. Vince Gerardis will also serve as an executive producer.

The announcement is the most exciting development we have had about the prequels yet, and the show is expected to arrive after HBO Max does, in May 2020. Being one of the flagship offerings of the platform, we expect it to arrive soon, but no release time slot has been mentioned at this point.

Excited? We sure are! Talk to us in the comments, down below!

Game of Thrones was a life-changing experience for both the fans and the cast of the show. Many of the stars have moved onto new projects ever since the show wrapped up filming. John Bradley, who played the affable Samwell Tarly on the acclaimed TV series, recently joined Lionsgate’s space epic Moonfall.

Bradley was selected as a replacement for Josh Gad for the movie. The Frozen star couldn’t continue due to his scheduling complications. Other than Bradley, the space-epic boasts of a highly acclaimed roaster consisting of Stanley Tucci and Halle Berry.

The casting update arrived via Deadline. Disaster-epic-specialist Roland Emmerich’s upcoming movie features the Moon being knocked from its orbit of Earth by a mysterious force and then heading straight for our planet. The description to the movie says,

With mere weeks before impact and against all odds, a ragtag team launches an impossible last-ditch mission into space, leaving behind everyone they love and risking everything to land on the lunar surface and save our planet from annihilation.”

John Bradley plays the role of KC Houseman, who is an eccentric and unkempt genius. It is his character who discovers the Moon’s potentially catastrophic fall from orbit. Similar to John’s Game of Thrones character Samwell Tarly, KC prefers brains over brawn to deal with a situation. (Check out his views on the show’s finale)

Are you excited to see Bradley once again over the silver screen? Let us know in the comments below!

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Game of Thrones wrapped up filming more than a year ago. Fans of the acclaimed TV series miss the show terribly. News and rumors regarding Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon have been around for a while now. Fans have been hyped about the series ever since its announcement by HBO back in 2019. The much-awaited Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon is set to start filming in Watford next year.

The reveal of the show’s primary shoot location is welcome news for fans all around the world. It also gives the fans another reason to visit the UK. Watford is sure to benefit in the tourism sector once the eager admirers start flocking at the site from all over the world.

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House of the Dragon will shoot at the acclaimed Leavesden Studios in Watford. The studio moved on from Game of Thrones’ original shooting location, Belfast, in Northern Ireland, where most of the series was shot over the last decade.

Earlier this month, HBO added to the hype by announcing the first confirmed cast for the series. Peaky Blinder’s star Paddy Considine is set to star as King Viserys Targaryen. Viserys was chosen by the Lords of Westeros to succeed the Old King, Jaehaerys Targaryen, at the Great Council at Harrenhal. A warm, kind, and decent man, Viserys only wishes to carry forward his grandfather’s legacy.

Further filming locations are yet to be confirmed, but production is set to begin in 2021. The show has a tentative release date in 2022.

Are you hyped about the prequel series? Tell us in the comments below!

Highly acclaimed TV series Game of Thrones rocked a great collection of some of the best villains in television history. A villain can make or break the TV show. An ambitious villain makes the viewers praise his motivations, while some are purely sadistic. Iwan Rheon’s Ramsay Bolton was a mix of both, though more sadistic than ambitious at times. His performance was so spot on, the audience loved to hate him.

Ramsay’s cruelest technique involved making his victims think they have control and can escape from him. He would then chase them down and fed them to his hounds. Iwan Rheon is set to appear in a real-life video game, with almost the same grim settings, but his role is reversed.

Screamfest 4: The Kraken’s Revenge will see Rheon be issued instructions by players using smartphones or computers. The actor then responds to the instructions immediately via a live video link. The game is described as tense, frightening, and chillingly dark. It was created by John Zurhellen, who worked on games including Grand Theft Auto IV, Manhunt 1 & 2, and Red Dead Redemption.

I’m used to playing a character that did all the controlling but now the tables are turned,” said Rheon, “I’ll be at the mercy of people controlling my every move online from anywhere in the country, sending me from room to room in a particularly creepy location while I’m hunted by a monster. I do wonder how many Kraken fans will send me to my doom and how many will save me!”

Rheon will be playable for two hours from 4 pm to 6 pm on 28 October. Tell us what you’ll do with Rheon’s character if given a chance in the comments below!

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