News broke that the initially planned spin-off had been axed, leaving many followers confused. The play, from showrunner Jane Goldman, was supposed to be set thousands of years before the famous main series and even had Naomi Watts and Josh Whitehouse cast for the project.
The binned spin-off, series titled Bloodmoon, had been given the go-ahead last year, and shooting for the first episode took place this year in Northern Ireland. However, The Hollywood Reporter claimed that Goldman had emailed the cast to share the message that the project had been called off
But worry not, Game of Thrones followers, because HBO has confirmed a new season, a 10-episode series by the name of House Of The Dragon.
The HBO series will take place 300 years before the events of the main series, and is based on George RR Marin’s companion book Fire & Blood. HBO has officially said that the show will detail the story of House Targaryen. House Of The Dragon will be set to chronicle the civil war that eventually led up to the ‘Dance of the Dragons’ – a war of succession between Aegon II and his sister Rhaenyra over their father’s throne for the seven kingdoms.
As per the Hollywood Reporter, HBO programming president Casey Bloys revealed of the prequel:
“The Game of Thrones universe is so rich with stories. We look forward to exploring the origins of House Targaryen and the earlier days of Westeros along with Miguel, Ryan, and George.”