Set almost 100 years before the events of Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin Dunk and Egg short stories follow an honourable but lowly knight named Duncan and his young squire Egg as they travel across Westeros and inevitably become embroiled in the schemes and battles of the high lords and ladies who vie for control of the continent. Why the main series, A Song of Ice and Fire has received critical acclaim for its world-building, detailed plots, and vast array of fleshed-out characters, the prequels have been equally well-received, and are a great starting point for those who want to explore Martin’s fantasy world. If you’re already familiar with the tales of Dunk and Egg, then you’ll be happy to learn that HBO is apparently in the early stages of developing a TV adaptation of the novels.
Variety claims its sources have revealed that HBO’s plans of a sequel series, which is presumably being developed alongside the officially confirmed spin-off show House of the Dragon, which will explore the Targaryen dynasty which ruled Westeros for many years. While Martin has published three tales of Dunk and Egg’s adventures, it’s worth noting that the overall story isn’t yet finished, and many of the major plot threads remain open, much like the source material Game of Thrones was based on. The first short story, The Hedge Knight, was published in 1998, The Sworn Sword followed in 2003, and the latest tale is The Mystery Knight, which came out in 2010. The three novellas were later published as a collection in 2015 as A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.
HBO has not yet confirmed these rumours and no writers, directors or actors have been confirmed for the series, but Variety claims the project is a “high priority” for HBO. Both HBO and George R.R. Martin have declined to comment on the news, so take all of this with a pinch of salt.
It is known that a number of spin-off shows have been explored by HBO, including one called Bloodmoon, which was set to star Naomi Watts but was later scrapped. Even if HBO is looking into a Dunk and Egg show, that’s no guarantee it will actually go ahead. So far, House of the Dragon is the only show we know is still on its way. No doubt HBO is eager to capitalise on the success of one of its most famous shows, but only time will tell if we’ll see Dunk and Egg on our screens.