HBO’s “Game of Thrones” may have ended in 2019, but fans have not seen the last of Westeros.
The network announced that George R.R. Martin, fantasy author and creator of the TV series, has signed a reported eight-figure deal spanning five years to develop more content. Martin, whose hit show was adapted from his popular “A Song of Ice and Fire” fantasy series, is already serving as executive producer to half a dozen prequels currently in various stages of development.
The first prequel, slated for release in 2022, is “House of the Dragon,” based on Martin’s book, “Fire & Blood.” The series takes place 300 years before the events of "Game of Thrones," telling the story of House Targaryen, who gave us the Mother of Dragons herself, Daenerys Targaryen. "House of the Dragon" is by far the most developed out of the six upcoming projects with an entire cast starring Paddy Considine, Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy and Matt Smith, among others, as well as experienced showrunner and executive producer, Miguel Sapochnik, who will be serving as executive producer alongside Martin.
Sapochnik, whose directing credits include six "Game of Thrones" episodes, won Emmy and Directors Guild of America honors for “Battle of the Bastards.” He was nominated for another Emmy in 2019 for directing “The Long Night” and won the Emmy for Best Drama Series as an executive producer for the final season.
The next project is “10,000 Ships” (working title), which takes place 1,000 years before “Game of Thrones” and tells the story of Dorne’s founder, Nymeria Martell. Fans of the original HBO show may recall the name Nymeria was given to Oberyn Martell’s (Pedro Pascal) daughter (Jessica Henwick) and Arya Stark’s (Maisie Williams) dire wolf.
Less is known about "9 Voyages” (working title). The show is reportedly about nautical adventurer Lord Corlys Velaryon, also known as the Sea Snake; the series is a spinoff of “House of the Dragon.”
Steve Toussaint, who has been cast as Corlys in “House of the Dragon,” could feature in this project.
The strangest project would have to be the untitled series based on “Flea Bottom.” The show would take place in and around the poorest slums of King’s Landing, where characters like Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham) and Gendry Baratheon (Joe Dempsie) hail from. This particular project will no doubt drop the more fantastical elements of the original show and upcoming projects to focus more on the grittier side of Martin’s dark fantasy series.
The next prequel, “The Tales of Dunk and Egg,” is based on Martin’s novellas: “The Hedge Knight” (1998), “The Sworn Sword” (2003) and “The Mystery Knight” (2010), all of which were condensed into a single book in 2015 under the titled “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.” The adventure series would put Duncan the Tall and Aegon V Targaryen at the center of the action. Known as Dunk and Egg, their stories take place 90 years before the events seen in “Game of Thrones.” The characters were mentioned in the original show by Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson), who praises the men’s success as knights in the Book of Brothers.
Lastly, there have been rumblings of an animated “Game of Thrones” spinoff for quite some time. No details of the project are known at this time, but unlike the live-action “Game of Thrones” spinoffs, this animated series would not be faced with practical constraints, allowing the show to reach new creative heights.
Due to the poor fan reception of the “Game of Thrones” final season, the pressure is on for HBO to deliver the “Game of Thrones” content longtime fans have been waiting for. Fans are eager to see the new era of "Game of Thrones" television content, starting with the release of “House of the Dragon” in 2022.