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‘Game of Thrones’ prequel ‘House of the Dragon’ set for 2022 premiere, says HBO bigwig

2020-01-16

The Chinese calendar denotes 2022 as the Year of the Tiger, but on HBO it will be year of the Dragon.

The highly anticipated “Game of Thrones” prequel “House of the Dragon” is expected to debut in about two years, according to an HBO bigwig.

“My guess is sometime in 2022,” HBO President of programming Casey Bloys told Deadline of a premiere date. “They are starting writing.”

“House of the Dragon” is is being created by “Thrones” author George R.R. Martin and showrunner Ryan Condal.

Set three centuries before “Game of Thrones” commences, the series will chronicle the Targaryen family, which was able to control dragons. One of the clan’s successors is Mother of Dragons, Daenerys, portrayed by Emilia Clarke.

“Obviously, it’s a big, complicated show,” explained Bloys, who didn’t divulge any potential casting moves. “For me for right now, I think getting ‘House of the Dragon’ on the air will be the No. 1 priority. There are no other blinking lights or anything like that.”

Another “Game of Thrones” prequel, which was to star two-time Academy Award nominee Naomi Watts, was surprisingly spurned by the cable channel last October.

That series, which didn’t have a title, was supposedly set 8,000 years before “Game of Thrones” starts.

“Game of Thrones” shattered an Emmy Awards record in 2019 by scooping up a staggering 32 nominations, including 10 for acting.

Despite a significant Season 8 backlash from fans, the series copped an Outstanding Drama Series Emmy last September for a fourth time in five years.