When hit HBO series Game of Thrones ended last year, attention turned to its possible spin-offs. A prequel starring Naomi Watts got as far as shooting a pilot, but ultimately was cancelled in 2019.

However, another Game of Thrones prequel is moving ahead. Titled House of the Dragon, the series will be based on George R. R. Martin’s Fire and Blood, which chronicles the history of House Targaryen some 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones. Game of Thrones alum Miguel Sapochnik will showrun, along with Ryan Condal. Although details of the plot haven’t been revealed, we can make some guesses as to what the show might focus on.

A likely candidate is the Dance of Dragons, the Targaryen civil war – especially after Martin suggested that fans read his books containing stories about the war for plot clues. Considering Game of Thrones was never shy about its epic dragon flights and fiery fight sequences, we can expect to see huge battles and plenty of fierce dragon action if the prequel does include the Dance of Dragons.

Characters that could possibly feature in the show include Rhaenyra Targaryen, who was set to be Westeros’ first queen. Her half-brother Aegon II challenged her for the throne and started the Targaryen civil war – so he could also be a major player in the prequel. Fans will remember that Aegon is the real name of Jon Snow (Kit Harrington), and it’s easy to draw comparisons between Rhaenyra and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) – with these two being such fan favourites, it makes sense that the prequel could feature characters reminiscent of them. Martin also implied through his reading suggestions that Daemon Targaryen, Rhaenyra’s husband, could appear.

Casting has begun for House of the Dragon now, so we can expect to learn more soon. The show is set to premiere in 2022, but for now you can stream Game of Thrones on HBO Max with a 7 day free trial, or try Vikings on Amazon Prime Video with a 30 day free trial.

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