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When one Game of Thrones prequel dies, another one gets a straight to series order from HBO. 

While the disappointing news broke yesterday that the Naomi Watts GoT prequel got the ax, HBO programming president Casey Bloys announced during WarnerMedia’s media event that the second prequel is getting the green light. 

Titled House of the Dragon, the House Targaryen story from George R.R. Martin and Ryan Condal has received a ten-episode straight-to-series order. Yep, that means no pilot.

See the official poster for House of the Dragon below. 

“The Game of Thrones universe is so rich with stories,” Bloys said. “We look forward to exploring the origins of House Targaryen and the earlier days of Westeros along with Miguel, Ryan and George.”

We first learned of the second prequel back in September, when George R. R. Martin dropped major deets. The GoT mastermind confirmed there will be dragons (which totally makes sense given the name) in the new series, which will take place 300 years before Kit Harrington and Emilia Clarke’s story. 

He also confirmed this prequel is based on his Targaryen history book, Fire & Blood: 300 Years Before a Game of Thrones, that was released last November.

According to DeadlineGoT veteran Miguel Sapochnik and Condal will partner as showrunners and will also serve as executive producers along with GoT co-executive producer Martin and Bloys. 

So while we’re still recovering from the revelation that Watts’s pilot is not moving forward, this news definitely helps. 


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