HBO's Game of Thrones prequel TV series House of the Dragon is "on track" to premiere in 2022, according to HBO President of Programming Casey Bloys.
“My guess is sometime in 2022. They are starting writing,” Bloys told Deadline, referring to House of the Dragon writers Ryan Condal and George R. R. Martin, the latter whom created the A Song of Ice and Fire novels and franchise on which Game of Thrones is based. Condal and Miguel Sapochnik will serve as co-showrunners.
Bloys also said the show, set 300 years prior to the events of Game of Thrones and focused on House Targaryen, is the number one priority for HBO's Game of Thrones spin-offs, of which several others have been announced as in development.
“For me for right now, I think getting House of the Dragon on the air will be the number one priority,” Bloys said. “There are no other blinking green lights or anything like that. Sometime down the road who knows, but there are no immediate plans. We are all focusing on House of the Dragon.”
One such sister spin-off, a show set 8000 years in Game of Thrones' past from producer Jane Goldman, was canceled during the pilot stage. Bloy addressed the decision to cancel that show.
“I think Jane did a beautiful job, it was a big challenge but there was nothing that I would point to and say, oh, that one element did not work, just overall it did not quite gel. That’s one of the reasons when we started out to think about ‘Is there a life after Game of Thrones in terms of Game of Thrones’, we purposefully developed multiple projects."
"We would have been very lucky to do one pilot, have that pilot go and be a success but in development as you know, it takes a lot of tries to get it right, this is no different.”