HBO has officially announced that it is moving forward with a prequel to the hit series “Game of Thrones.” The new show is based on George R.R. Martin‘s “Dunk and Egg” novellas. It will follow the adventures of Ser Duncan the Tall and a young Aegon V Targaryen 90 years prior to the events of “A Song of Ice and Fire.” The series is currently titled “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight.”
The announcement was made during Warner Bros. Discovery’s presentation to press and investors on April 12. It was also revealed that the combined HBO Max and Discovery+ streaming service will now be known as Max. This news comes more than two years after Variety exclusively reported that the prequel series was in development.
Martin, who wrote the novellas, will serve as writer and executive producer on the series. He will work with Ira Parker and veterans Ryan Condal and Vince Gerardis. The official logline for the show describes it as “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.”
Martin has published three novellas in the “Tales of Dunk and Egg” series so far. The three stories were collected and published as “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” in 2015. This prequel series is just the latest project set in the world of Westeros that HBO has developed since the massive success of “Game of Thrones.” One of those projects, “House of the Dragon,” premiered in August 2022 and has already been renewed for a second season.
With this announcement, it’s clear that HBO has big plans for the world of “Game of Thrones.” As fans eagerly anticipate the release of this new prequel series, it’s clear that Martin and the team behind the show are dedicated to creating a captivating and exciting new chapter in the beloved franchise. Only time will tell what other Westeros-based projects HBO has in store for us in the years to come.