If ever a day was a massive roller coaster of a ride, for Game of Thrones fans, today was that day. Why is that you might ask? Well, let me explain.
Earlier in the day, Deadline broke the news that HBO’s prequel to Game of Thrones, The Long Night, starring Naomi Watts, had been officially canceled. It seems that HBO had decided, quite suddenly, to bough out of the prequel, and announced they did not intend to pick up the full series as had initially been reported.
The prequel was intended to be set thousands of years before the events portrayed in the series Game of Thrones. The project had been given the official green light in 2018, with HBO making Jane Goldman showrunner. George RR Martin, the original author of A Song of Ice and Fire, on which the TV series Game of Thrones was based, was reportedly working alongside Goldman as a co-creator of the prequel.
For months fans were teased, as cast announcement after cast announcement was “leaked” along with reveals of specific elements of the plot. In Hollywood terms, it seemed a done deal. It would seem, though, that there is no such thing as a done deal anymore.
Then, later that same evening, as fans were coming to grips with the previous news, comes word that HBO Max had reportedly ordered yet another Game of Thrones prequel—this one titled House of the Dragon. Set within the House Targaryen, the prequel will reportedly be going straight to a series.
During a special presentation for HBO Max’s new and upcoming streaming subscription service, president Casey Bloys stated that HBO Max had ordered a 10 episode season. Unlike the previously canceled prequel, which was set back 1000 years, House of the Dragon will be set a somewhat shorter 300 years before the events that transpired in the Game of Thrones series.
There is the extra added fact that fans are promised to bear witness to the creation of the Iron Throne in the prequel—which stood through the TV series as the most sought after possession on Westeros.