George R.R. Martin shot to fame in the last decade following the critically acclaimed HBO TV show Game of Thrones, which adapted his fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire. Following the end of the show last year, and the seemingly never ending wait for the next book, fans have been wondering where they’ll get their fantasy fix. If you’re eager to return to the world of Westeros, then you’ll be pleased to learn that the spin off show, House of the Dragon, is looking at a 2020 release window.
As we’ve previously reported, House of the Dragon will be set roughly 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones and will show us the history of House Targaryen, and how the family changed Westeros forever. The show will be co-created by Martin. The news was well-received by fans and now it looks like we only have a couple of years to wait before it airs on our screens.
As Variety reports, according to HBO programming chief Casey Bloys, the show is set to air in 2022. “They are in the room breaking story right now,” he said. “My guess is we’ll see it on the air in ’22.”
He went on to explain why another proposed Game of Thrones spin-off show, known as Bloodmoon and starring Naomi Watts, got scrapped. “Pilots – sometimes they come together, sometimes they don’t. And I would say that was very much the case here. There’s nothing I would point to and say ‘Oh, this was the problem.’”
He added: “That [prequel] was 8,000 years before the current show, so it required a lot more invention. One of the benefits of ‘House of the Dragon’ is there was a text from George and there was a little bit more of a roadmap. [Goldman’s prequel] did have more challenges in terms of establishing a world, but I think she handled that beautifully… there wasn’t one glaring thing.”
So it looks like House of the Dragon has been given the go-ahead, and no doubt production will begin in the near future. We certainly look forward to getting a better look at it as 2022 draws closer.