‘House of the Dragon’: George R.R. Martin Makes Another Big Announcement While the ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel Finally Gets a Premiere Date

TL; DR:

  • House of the Dragon wrapped filming last month.
  • The Game of Thrones prequel finally announces a premiere date.
  • George R.R. Martin made a big announcement about a companion book.
House of the Dragon Creator George R. R. Martin attends the "Game Of Thrones" Season 8 NY Premiere on April 3, 2019 in New York City
George R.R. Martin | Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for HBO

House of the Dragon wrapped filming last month. But with so much post-production work left to do, the premiere date for season 1 of the Game of Thrones prequel remained a mystery until early March 30. . Author George R. R. Martin has revealed that he’s already seen rough cuts of a few episodes, and he says he’s “loving them.” He also made another big announcement — he has a companion book for the series coming soon.

George R. R. Martin loves what he’s seen of ‘House of the Dragon’

Martin recently gave an update about House of the Dragon on his blog, telling fans that filming for season 1 was officially done.

“So far, I am very excited. House of the Dragon has wrapped in London and is now in post-production,” Martin wrote. “What I have seen, I have loved. I am eager to see more, I am excited about the other successor shows as well, however. I am dying to tell you all about them, but I am not supposed to, so…”

The Fire & Blood author also gave a shout-out to House of the Dragon’s writers, directors, and actors, saying that they “all look terrific” in the episodes he has seen.

“I hope you will like them [the season 1 episodes] as much as I do. My hat is off to [showrunner Ryan Condal] and [co-showrunner Miguel Sapochnik] and their team, and to our amazing cast,” Martin wrote.

After months of speculation, the ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel finally gets a premiere date

The author told fans that there’s still “lots of work” ahead for House of the Dragon season 1. However, the first teaser that HBO dropped confirmed that fans will see the prequel at some point in 2022. And Martin said that a summer 2022 release date “could be” possible.

Finally, after months of speculation, HBO finally announced that the GoT prequel will premiere on Aug. 21, 2022.

House of the Dragon takes place approximately two centuries before the events of Game of Thrones. It will focus on an event known as the Dance of the Dragons, a bloody and brutal civil war among House Targaryen.

George R. R. Martin makes another big announcement about ‘House of the Dragon’

Meanwhile, Deadline is reporting that the Random House imprint Ten Speed Press is publishing a companion book to House of the Dragon known as The Rise of the Dragon.

The book is an illustrated history of the Targaryen family from Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, which inspired Game of Thrones.  The history of the House Targaryen is also the focus of Fire & Blood, the source material for the new prequel.

The Rise of the Dragon will hit bookstores on October 25th, and it will include 180 all-new illustrations. It is the work of Martin, Elio M. García, Jr, and Linda Antonsson. It will reportedly cover the first half of the Targaryen dynasty — from Aegon the Conqueror through the regency of Aegon III Dragonsbane.

All eight seasons of Game of Thrones are now playing on HBO Max. House of the Dragon will premiere on HBO on Aug. 21, 2022.

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