'Game of Thrones' Prequel 'House of the Dragon' Eyes 2022 Debut

HBO President of Programming Casey Bloys reveals that getting the upcoming project, which hails from George R.R. Martin and Ryan Condal, on the air 'will be the number one priority' for the network.

AceShowbiz - A new series set in "Game of Thrones" universe is getting closer. HBO President of Programming Casey Bloys suggests that "House of the Dragon", a prequel series to the hit HBO series, is set to premiere on 2022.

"My guess is sometime in 2022," he revealed in an interview with Deadline during TCA on Wednesday, January 15. Bloys, however, noted that it would be too early to be more specific than that.

"They are starting writing," he continued saying of the project, which hails from George R.R. Martin and Ryan Condal. Bloys also said that "House of Dragon" was "a big, complicated show," no there is no casting news as of yet.

"For me for right now, I think getting 'House of the Dragon' on the air will be the number one priority," Bloys explained. "There are no other blinking green lights or anything like that. Sometime down the road who knows, but there are no immediate plans. We are all focusing on 'House of the Dragon'."

"House of the Dragon" is one of one of the four remaining GoT spinoffs in the works at the network after Jane Goldman's prequel pilot was scrapped. "In development, in pilots, sometimes things come together, sometimes they don't," he added. "One of the things I think Jane took on beautifully, which was a challenge, there was a lot more world creation because she set hers 8,000 years before the (mothership) show, so it required a lot more. That is a big swing. One of the things about 'House of Dragons', there is a text, there is a book so that made it a little bit more of a road map for a series order."

"I think Jane did a beautiful job, it was a big challenge but there was nothing that I would point to and say, oh, that one element did not work, just overall it did not quite gel. That's one of the reasons when we started out to think about 'Is there a life after 'Game of Thrones' in terms of' Game of Thrones', we purposefully developed multiple projects. We would have been very lucky to do one pilot, have that pilot go and be a success but in development as you know, it takes a lot of tries to get it right, this is no different," he said.

"House of the Dragon" is written by Condal based on Martin's "Fire & Blood" book. The new project is set 300 years before the events of "Game of Thrones" and centers on House Targaryen, rich in the dragonlord ancestors of Daenerys.

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