Another Game of Thrones prequel series is in development at HBO, and the show has now cast its lead roles, with Peter Claffey and Dexter Sol Ansell set to play Dunk and Egg...

By MarkCassidy - Apr 06, 2024 12:04 PM EST
Filed Under: Game of Thrones
Source: Via SFF Gazette

There are still several Game of Thrones spin-off shows in various stages of development at HBO, including a Jon Snow sequel series, which may or may not see the light of day.

One project that will definitely reach our screens is A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight, and the series has now cast its leads.

According to EW, Peter Claffey (Bad Sisters) and Dexter Sol Ansell (The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes) will play Dunk and Egg, respectively.

Based on George R.R. Martin's Tales of Dunk and Egg novellas, the story takes place over 90 years before the events of Game of Thrones and focuses on the adventures of "Dunk," a.k.a. the future Lord Commander of the Kingsguard Ser Duncan the Tall, and "Egg," the future King Aegon V Targaryen.

"Set in an age when the Targaryen line still holds the Iron Throne and the memory of the last dragon has not yet passed from living memory, great destinies, powerful foes, and dangerous exploits all await these improbable and incomparable friends," the official series description reads.

Claffey, an Irish actor and former Connacht Rugby player, made his stage debut at Dublin's Abbey Theatre in A Whistle in the Dark by Tom Murphy. He went on to appear in 2022's Bad Sisters and Wreck, and has a role lined up opposite Cillian Murphy in Small Things Like These. 9-year-old Ansell began his acting career at the age of 4 on ITV's Emmerdale, and his other credits include Sky's thriller series The Midwich Cuckoos, and Netflix's comedy film Christmas on Mistletoe Farm. He will also appear in The Moor, Channel 4's Hullraisers, and Robin and The Hood.

Martin has previously confirmed that season 1 of A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight will adapt the first of his three novellas, 1998's The Hedge Knight, with plans to focus on 2003's The Sworn Sword and 2010's The Mystery Knight in future seasons if the show continues.

Currently, The Batman co-writer Mattson Tomlin is working on an adaptation of Aegon’s Conquest, which charts the Targaryen’s bloody and brutal conquest of Westeros prior to the events of House of the Dragon. The story follows the invading Aegon Targaryen and his sister wives, Rhaenys and Visenya, who conquered Westeros with their mighty dragons. The trio successfully unified six of the Seven Kingdoms in just two years, with only Dorne managing to resist.

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ComicBandit - 4/6/2024, 12:10 PM
Looking forward to this.
FireandBlood - 4/6/2024, 12:14 PM
One of my favourite periods of Thrones was the adventures of The Hound and Arya, who at that time were basically darker versions of these two legendary Westerosi figures, so I’m looking forward to this.
Malatrova15 - 4/6/2024, 12:20 PM
No real bald kid? JK Rowling is gonna be pissed.
McMurdo - 4/6/2024, 6:42 PM
@Malatrova15 - crickets
Malatrova15 - 4/7/2024, 2:33 AM
@McMurdo - please no
TiberiousOmega - 4/6/2024, 12:21 PM
Looking forward to this series. I wonder if the Jon Snow sequel series is still going to happen.
RegularPoochie - 4/6/2024, 8:12 PM
@TiberiousOmega - yes, at least what I read few days ago and they are starting to shoot, or do some test shots soon.
r1g0r - 4/6/2024, 12:38 PM
Westeros fatigue has set in.

I'm officially tired of this story.
DocSpock - 4/6/2024, 1:35 PM

They ran out of ideas & went in a ditch for their final season.

So the obvious answer is to hash up a bunch more redundant material & completely run the once great GoT into the ground.

What's new in Hollywood?

MarkCassidy - 4/6/2024, 1:40 PM
@DocSpock - I mean, House of the Dragon exists and is great 🤷
ComicBandit - 4/6/2024, 3:01 PM
@DocSpock - if it's like the novellas and they don't try and make it longer without Martins work, then it will be good.
marvel72 - 4/6/2024, 1:52 PM
I have no idea what this is,I will watch because I love Game Of Thrones and House Of The Dragon.
ComicBandit - 4/6/2024, 3:01 PM
@marvel72 - Based on Martins book series of the same name.
mountainman - 4/6/2024, 9:26 PM
@marvel72 - It takes place 90 years before Game of Thrones. The two main characters become important to the lore but this is then when they are very young. The novellas are much lighter than the other Westeros stuff, but essentially it’s about a young hedge knight befriending a very young Targaryen who hides himself and ditches his family as they travel the realm. It’s more or less a big brother/little brother story of two kids finding themselves in the world.
mountainman - 4/6/2024, 2:40 PM
I haven’t seen either of these guys in anything, but they look right for the roles at least.

Hopefully HBO recognizes that these stories are much more lighthearted than the other Westeros properties they have adapted and they keep the tone and feel of the novels. It’s really a touching story set in a tough world.
ModHaterSLADE - 4/6/2024, 3:21 PM
Will be interesting to see Westeros from a more comedic perspective.
MisterDoctor217 - 4/6/2024, 6:01 PM
Probably in the minority lol but I actually never watched GoT in its entirety. I think I only watched until season 3 where Rob and his wife died.

The show was spoiled for me online so I just never thought of continuing it. So I’m not as big of a fan of the original one.

But damn House of The Dragon!! I couldn’t stop watching , I waited to binge it and was hooked !!
The characters, the story , the drama , the twists.

I hope this new show is as good 👍
RegularPoochie - 4/6/2024, 8:10 PM
AWESOME CASTING! You can clearly tell that this story and Targaryens civil war are so precious to Martin
Yankdandy - 4/7/2024, 1:37 AM
Thank god they didn't race swap Dunk! I thought they'd for sure race swap him. Dunk and Egg novellas are fricking awesome! Xant wait for this!

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