HBO Is Developing A 'Game Of Thrones' Prequel Series About Targaryens

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The premium network is reportedly close to ordering a pilot for a prequel series centered on Westeros' most incestuous house, the Targaryens, according to Deadline. The prequel series is slated to take place three centuries before the start of "Game of Thrones" and closely follows "the beginning of the end" of the House Targaryen. It should not come as a surprise that this new prequel focusing on the Targaryen dynasty would be based on the newest Martin book, given that "fire and blood" are the key words associated with that family.

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The pilot is said to be a spin-off of one of the five prequel scripts HBO commissioned as "Game of Thrones" neared its conclusion.

HBO, of course, hasn't commented officially yet about this news.

Fire & Blood, released in 2018, is a book by Martin that specifically explores the Targaryen lineage, including Aegon the Conqueror's creation of the Iron Throne, as well as the Dance of Dragons, a massive civil war, which is speculated to be a part of the new prequel. "I can not say", he wrote on his blog. Jane Goldman will serve as showrunner and co-created the series with Martin, and S.J. Clarkson will direct the pilot and executive produce. The only other one to be moving forward to date is set thousands of years before the original series and will star Naomi Watts in a leading role. Martin had hinted at the project for a while on his blog, imploring fans looking for answers on the unannounced prequels to read Fire & Blood for clues.

The as-yet untitled project, now in post-production, will also feature Josh Whitehouse, Miranda Richardson, Naomi Ackie, Denise Gough, and Jamie Campbell Bower.

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