Drogon and Daenerys Targaryen played by Emilia Clarke. Picture: Helen Sloan/HBO
Drogon and Daenerys Targaryen played by Emilia Clarke. Picture: Helen Sloan/HBO

HBO orders new 'Game of Thrones' spinoff series 'House of the Dragon'

By Jill Serjeant And Lisa Richwine Time of article published Oct 30, 2019

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HBO ordered 10 episodes

of a "Game of Thrones" spinoff called "House of the Dragon," the

network said on Tuesday, shortly after reports emerged that the

premium cable channel had nixed another series set in the world

created by author George R.R. Martin.

"House of the Dragon" will take place 300 years before the

events of "Game of Thrones," a medieval fantasy series that

became a global phenomenon before it ended its eight-season run

in May.

The new series will be based on Martin's book "Fire & Blood"

and will tell the story of House Targaryen, HBO said.

The network announced "House of the Dragon" at an event

intended to stir enthusiasm for HBO Max, a streaming service

that will launch in May 2020 at $15 per month to compete with

Netflix Inc and Walt Disney Co.

HBO did not say when "House of the Dragon" would become

available.

Earlier on Tuesday, Hollywood publications reported that HBO

had scrapped plans for a "Game of Thrones" prequel starring

Naomi Watts. A source familiar with the decision confirmed the

reports were accurate.

The reason for the decision was unclear.

A pilot, or first episode, for the show, was shot in

Northern Ireland earlier this year. The story was set thousands

of years before the events covered in "Game of Thrones."

Casey Bloys, president of programming at HBO, had told

reporters in July after filming finished on the pilot episode

that he was pleased with what he had seen.

"It looks really good. The cast was amazing," Bloys said at

a Television Critics Association event in Beverly Hills.

The final season of "Game of Thrones" won 12 Emmy awards,

including the top prize of best drama series, in September.

The pilot for the prequel was one of several "Game of

Thrones"-related projects that were put into development at HBO

prior to the end of the series.

Reuters

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