How Many Episodes Is the ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel? ‘House of the Dragon’ Is Officially Coming to HBO

After almost a decade, the Game of Thrones television franchise continues to live up to its name — even offscreen. On Oct. 29, HBO killed off one of its highly anticipated Game of Thrones prequels while simultaneously giving life to another. And as details in regards to the new spinoff show continue to unravel, fans are itching to find out more. So how many episodes is the Game of Thrones prequel called House of the Dragon? Count your time off, because you’re going to want to set aside a few moments for this new series.

The ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel, ‘House of the Dragon,’ episode count

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen on Game of Thrones
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen on ‘Game of Thrones’ | Helen Sloan/HBO

The first six seasons of Game of Thrones each premiered with a full 10-episodes. However, the seventh and eighth seasons were both shorter after executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss ultimately chose to scale back. So fans have been curious to see how HBO handles the episode count of new prequel series.

According to Deadline, the Game of Thrones prequel received a full straight-to-series order at HBO. And the House of the Dragon episode count is officially 10. Thus, the franchise will be returning to the original number of episodes in its first season, much to the relief of fans worldwide.

When is ‘House of the Dragon’ release date and time?

As of this writeup, it’s too early to tell when House of the Dragon will be released — much less the official premiere date and time. So fans will have to hold on a bit longer for HBO to make a formal announcement.

That said, future viewers will have plenty of time to kill until the Game of Thrones prequel airs on HBO. Although the show has been given the green light, production and filming won’t begin anytime soon, as the writing team has yet to be established.

According to Entertainment Weekly, George R. R. Martin and Ryan Codal are expected to be involved in writing House of the Dragon, alongside a team of writers who haven’t been hired yet. Meanwhile, Martin also claimed the sixth novel in his A Song of Ice and Fire series will take priority over the new show.

“Let me make this perfectly clear… I am not taking on any scripts until I have finished and delivered Winds of Winter,” Martin wrote in his blog. “Winter is still coming, and Winds remains my priority, as much as I’d love to write an episodes of House.”

So it’s safe to say viewers won’t be seeing any new content in the near future. But EW still noted the possibility of a 2021 premiere date for House of the Dragon, given the expected writing, casting, and production timeline.

What is the ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel about?

As confirmed by HBO, House of the Dragon will be based on Fire & Blood, Martin’s novel about the rise and fall of House Targaryen. According to the premium network, the new prequel series will take place about 300 years prior to the events in Game of Thrones.

Meanwhile, behind the scenes, Martin and Condal will be joined by Miguel Sapochnik — the mastermind director behind Game of Thones episodes like “Battle of the Bastards” and “The Winds of Winter” — as showrunner. Vince Gerardis will also serve as an executive producer.

“The Game of Thrones universe is so rich with stories,” HBO programming president, Casey Bloys, said in a statement, per Insider. “We look forward to exploring the origins of House Targaryen and the earlier days of Westeros along with Miguel, Ryan, and George.”

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