The ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel ‘House of the Dragon’ May Take Longer to Film Than Expected. Here’s Why

Game of Thrones is long over. And despite the not-so-great reviews that the final season received, people are still trying to find ways to fill the dragon-sized holes that the series left in their hearts.

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in 'Game of Thrones'
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in ‘Game of Thrones’ | Macall B. Polay/courtesy of HBO

Because the show did so well, HBO had planned to milk the GoT world for all it’s worth and produce two spin-offs from the series. This week, it was announced that the first prequel, starring Naomi Watts, would not be moving forward even though the pilot episode had already been shot.

But not all is lost, as the second spinoff, House of Dragons is still a go.

What will ‘House of the Dragon’ be about?

House of the Dragon will be based on George R.R. Martin’s 2018 book Fire & Blood. The book is a prequel to the story that we saw take place in Game of Thrones. It begins about 300 years before GoT. The book covers 150 years of Westeros History, but only explains half of the Targaryen history.

The story begins with Daenerys Targaryen’s great-grandfather Aegon. In the book, readers get to see generations rise and fall.

The series will be co-created by Martin and writer Ryan Condal. Condal will be the showrunner for the show, as well as Miguel Sapochnik, who has directed episodes of GoT like “Battle of the Bastards” and “The Long Night.”

How does George R.R. Martin feel that one of the spinoffs was canceled?

“It goes without saying that I was saddened to hear the show would not be going to series. Jane Goldman is a terrific screenwriter, and I enjoyed brainstorming with her,” he wrote on his blog. “I do not know why HBO decided not to go to series on this one, but I do not think it had to do with House of the Dragon. This was never an either/or situation. If television has room enough for multiple CSI and Chicago shows… well, Westeros and Essos are a lot bigger, with thousands of years of history and enough tales and legends and characters for a dozen shows. Heartbreaking as it is to work for years on a pilot, to pour your blood and sweat and tears into it, and have it come to nought, it’s not at all uncommon. I’ve been there myself, more than once. I know Jane and her team are feeling the disappointment just now, and they have all my sympathy… with my thanks for all their hard work, and my good wishes for whatever they do next.”

Why will ‘House of the Dragon’ take longer to produce than expected?

Martin is quite excited about House of the Dragon getting the green light as it is actually the first concept that he pitched to HBO to come after GoT.

But unfortunately, if HBO wants Martin to work on the scripts for the show, they will have to wait a while.

“I am not taking on any scripts until I have finished and delivered Winds of Winter,” he wrote speaking of his next book in the Song of Ice and Fire series.

The show does not yet have a set premiere date but given that Martin hasn’t even touched the script for the new show, it seems that we may need to find something else to preoccupy ourselves within the meantime.