This past October brought us some movement on HBO’s planned Game of Thrones spinoffs with the announcement that the cable network would not be moving ahead with its The Long Night prequel from Jane Goldman and George R.R. Martin, but had instead given a series order to House of the Dragon, a Targaryen-centred prequel from Martin, GoT director Miguel Sapochnik and Ryan Condal (Colony).
Speaking at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, HBO chief Casey Bloys has revealed that the plan is to shoot for a 2022 premiere for House of the Dragon, and as such, all remaining spinoffs have been put on ice for the time being.
“My guess is sometime in 2022,” said Bloys when asked when we might see House of the Dragon. “They are starting writing. Obviously it’s a big, complicated show. For me for right now, I think getting House of the Dragon on the air will be the number one priority. 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.”
Bloys then went on to discuss Goldman and Martin’s abandoned prequel, which shot a pilot last year headlined by Naomi Watts:
In development, in pilots, sometimes things come together, some time they don’t,” said Bloys. “One of the things I think Jane took on beautifully, which was a challenge, there was a lot more role 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,” he continued. “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.”
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