It's safe to say no one liked the last season of Game of Thrones. One of the biggest disappointments of the 21st century. Some may blame David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, while others blame George R.R. Martin for never finishing the books.
Well, despite the failure of the last season, HBO has decided to sign Martin to a long-term deal. The reports are saying the deal is a five-year deal worth somewhere in the mid-eight-figures.
Martin will be responsible for helping HBO create the prequels to Game of Thrones, which are already in development. HBO plans to make five shows with Martin being the executive producer.
The first prequel, House of Dragon, is set to premiere in 2022 with 10 episodes. House of Dragon is set 300 years before Game of Thrones takes place. It tells the story of when the Targaryens ruled Westeros. The show is in the works, with the cast already being selected. Miguel Sapochnik is also being brought back as an showrunner. Sapochnik has directed Game of Thrones episodes in the past, including the famous Battle of the Bastards. They're expected to start production in April and will film in England.
There are other projects still in development, along with an animated series. As of now, there are no timelines for when the other shows are expected to air. Other prequels will cover the origins of other families and cities in Westeros.
To be honest, these prequels sound pretty good. It's going to be interesting to see how HBO attacks the new shows. With the last season ending giving everyone a bad taste in their mouth, I feel like they need to hit on House of Dragon to build the momentum again. They need the juices flowing or else all the other shows might flop. Hopefully, George R.R. Martin puts that crazy mind of his to work to give Game of Thrones fans something new to rave about.
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