GAME OF THRONES Prequel Series Based On Aegon 1's Conquest Of Westeros Moving Forward At HBO

GAME OF THRONES Prequel Series Based On Aegon 1's Conquest Of Westeros Moving Forward At HBO GAME OF THRONES Prequel Series Based On Aegon 1's Conquest Of Westeros Moving Forward At HBO

The success of House of the Dragon appears to have prompted HBO to prioritize another Game of Thrones prequel series focusing on the Targaryens and Aegon's Conquest of Westeros...

By MarkCassidy - Feb 10, 2024 09:02 AM EST
Filed Under: Game of Thrones
Source: Via SFF Gazette

There are still multiple Game of Thrones spin-offs in the early planning stages at HBO, including a series based on the voyages of the Sea Snake Corlys Velaryon, and a sequel show about the continuing adventures of Jon Snow (Kit Harington).

Only a handful (if that) of these projects are expected to be given the green-light, however, and it seems the massive success of House of the Dragon has led to the network prioritizing another prequel series focusing on the Targaryens.

According to THR, The Batman and The Batman - Part II co-writer Mattson Tomlin has been hired to pen an adaptation of Aegon’s Conquest, which charts the Targaryen’s bloody and brutal subjugation 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 on the backs of their mighty dragons. The trio successfully unified six of the Seven Kingdoms in just two years, with only Dorne managing to resist.

The project is said to take a “back to basics” approach to George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy universe (whatever that means).

We first heard that this project was being discussed last year when the following logline was released: "Aegon and his sister-wives, Visenya and Rhaenys, used their army and their three dragons to conquer six of the seven kingdoms on Westeros with the exception of Dorne. In doing so, Aegon I became the first king of Westeros, the first to sit on the Iron Throne, and the founder of the Targaryen Dynasty. Those events took place approximately 300 years prior to the events of Game of Thrones."

House of the Dragon launches its second season this summer (find out more below), and A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight, which is based on Martin's Tales of Dunk and Egg, is set to begin production this year.

"The prequel series finds the Targaryen dynasty at the absolute apex of its power, with more than 15 dragons under their yoke. Most empires—real and imagined—crumble from such heights. In the case of the Targaryens, their slow fall begins almost 193 years before the events of Game of Thrones, when King Viserys Targaryen breaks with a century of tradition by naming his daughter Rhaenyra heir to the Iron Throne. But when Viserys later fathers a son, the court is shocked when Rhaenyra retains her status as his heir, and seeds of division sow friction across the realm."

House of the Dragon season 2 sees Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, Eve Best, Steve Toussaint, Fabien Frankel, Ewan Mitchell, Tom Glynn-Carney, Sonoya Mizuno, and Rhys Ifans reprise their respective roles. Additional returning cast members include Harry Collett, Bethany Antonia, Phoebe Campbell, Phia Saban, Jefferson Hall, and Matthew Needham.

New recruits are Clinton Liberty as Addam of Hull, Jamie Kenna as Ser Alfred Broome, Kieran Bew as Hugh, Tom Bennett as Ulf, Tom Taylor as Lord Cregan Stark, Vincent Regan as Ser Rickard Thorne, Abubakar Salim as Alyn of Hull, Gayle Rankin as Alys Rivers, Freddie Fox as Ser Gwayne Hightower and Simon Russell Beale as Ser Simon Strong.

The directors for the new season are Alan Taylor (Episodes 1 & 4), Clare Kilner (Episodes 2 & 5), Geeta Patel (Episodes 3 & 8), Andrij Parekh (Episode 6), and Loni Peristere (Episode 7).

An exact season 2 premiere date has yet to be announced, but House of the Dragon is expected to return for its second season this summer.

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ObserverIO - 2/10/2024, 9:35 AM
No way! George RR Martin finally finished the next book?

Oh... no that's not what you said at all.
mountainman - 2/10/2024, 10:04 AM
@ObserverIO - I mean this part of the story is in the same book as House of the Dragon. It’s called Fire & Blood.

But no, he still hasn’t released Winds of Winter after working on it for over 13 years 🙄
Fares - 2/10/2024, 9:38 AM
You're telling me I finally get to see Balerion the Black Dread living and breathing (fire)?

bkmeijer1 - 2/10/2024, 9:45 AM
Looks like they're gonna adapt the other parts off Fire & Blood too then? I like it.

Rather see them stick to written material than conjure up new lore themselves. Wouldn't mind that either though, as long as it has the poltical drama that GoT and HotD have.
mountainman - 2/10/2024, 10:06 AM
While the concept of seizing Aegon take over Westeros might be neat, I don’t know if I need another Targaryen focused show. This might come across as too similar to the other too.

I’d rather see the fall of Valerya, as that would at least be a new setting and some new houses.
McMurdo - 2/10/2024, 2:28 PM
@mountainman - ya I like it being left more as backstory and more mysterious from the vantage of House of Dragon. I mean I know it's all in the book but from the perspective of the series. But whatever anything that's not Rings of Power I'll check out.
PatchesOhulihan - 2/11/2024, 12:10 AM
@mountainman - They'll try to force in some kind of Littlefinger-esque character that will somehow prove to be very successful working in the background/shadows to undermine the main characters goal. So many damn shows now have this "political intrigue" angle where its just basically a different version of LF. I guess that is considered "political intrigue" now, someone working against you behind your back while being nice to your face.
Chaos200 - 2/10/2024, 10:58 AM
Dunno why they didn't just start with this and do a "The Crown" type anthology series about the Targaryen lineage.
marvel72 - 2/10/2024, 12:24 PM
If it's of high quality like Game Of Thrones and House Of The Dragon.

Then count me in.
CharlesLeeRay - 2/10/2024, 1:38 PM
Like a prequel of the prequel?
McMurdo - 2/10/2024, 2:29 PM
House of Dragon s1 is top tier fantasy. Its easily up there with the best of Game of Thrones earlier seasons. Id argue it's the better first season.
FireandBlood - 2/10/2024, 2:54 PM
TheLight - 2/10/2024, 3:30 PM
Good grief, would GRRM finish the damn books?! At this point the franchise isn't even about the vast world of Westeros and all of it's other Houses. It's basically the Targaryen saga. HBO didn't even have the balls to keep Bloodmoon, which IMO would've been better, but instead campaigned the Targaryens.

Other than seeing Balerion in action, how is anyone excited to see Aegon bending over all of the other kingdoms (except Dorne✊)?

It would be something interesting to see if they were depicted as full on antagonists and that the prophecy was fuel to give them more dominion over the people they saw lower than themselves.
Typhoon20 - 2/11/2024, 4:32 AM
Never really cared about Aegons conquest. Highly predictable, cliche. I don't watch GOT to see a character just one punch the kingdom to his will because he had a dragon. That's lazy writing.

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