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Game of Thrones fans, get excited: a Targaryen prequel is in the works

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A second Game of Thrones spin-off is in the works, and this time around, we’re turning back 300 years to witness the fall of the House Targaryen…

Earlier in July, Game of Thrones fans received the news that an epic prequel to the hit HBO show was in the works. Set thousands of years before the current events in Game of Thrones, the prequel, named either The Long Night or Bloodmoon, is set to explore the origin story of the terrifying White Walkers and the world of Westeros before the golden Age of Heroes, where its citizens were known as the Children of the Forest.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, George R R Martin – the author of the books that Game of Thrones was based on – confirmed that although the Stark family will feature, no Targaryens or Lannisters will be present in the prequel. But exciting news for fans of the noble family of Valyrian descent who once ruled the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros is on the horizon, because a brand new prequel focusing on the House Targaryen of Dragonstone is in the works.

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According to Deadline, a fifth Game of Thrones prequel is advancing to the pilot stage. The as-yet-unnamed series will reportedly be produced by Martin, who has teamed up with acclaimed screenwriter and producer Ryan Condal for the new series.

Set 300 years before the beginning of Game of Thrones, the prequel will explore the bloody downfall of the silver-haired ancestors of Daenerys Targaryen, a tyrannical dynasty who will take what’s theirs with fire and blood, not to mention the help of some fearsome dragons.

Martin is reportedly taking inspiration for the prequel from his 2018 book Fire & Blood, a prequel to A Song of Ice and Fire, upon which Game of Thrones is based, which follows the story of the Targaryen dynasty, Aegon’s conquest and reign, and the subsequent reigns of his descendants Aenys, Maegor, Jaehaerys, Viserys, Aegon II, and Aegon III. 

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in epiosde 4 season 8 of HBO's Game of Thrones
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in HBO's Game of Thrones

Deadline’s scoop seems to confirm an earlier blog post from Martin, in which he revealed that three projects were “moving along nicely,” in production at HBO.

“We have had five different Game of Thrones successor shows in development at HBO, and three of them are still moving forward nicely,” he wrote on his LiveJournal blog Not a Blog.

“Two other shows remain in the script stage, but are edging closer. What are they about? I cannot say.

“But maybe some of you should pick up a copy of Fire & Blood and come up with your own theories.”

With plenty of epic battles, political intrigue and magical fantasy coming our way, there’s nothing left to do but to follow Martin’s instruction and come up with our own theories about the new prequel. Cue the speculation…

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