‘House of the Dragon’ prequel is ‘terrific’


George R.R. Martin has introduced that “Game of Thrones” prequel “House of the Dragon” has formally wrapped filming — and he’s thrilled with the outcomes. 

“Exciting news out of London – I am informed that shooting has WRAPPED for the first season,” he wrote in a blog post on Thursday. “Yes, all ten episodes. I have seen rough cuts of a few of them, and I’m loving them….the writing, the directing, the acting all look terrific.” 

Premiering at an unannounced date this year on HBO Max, “House of the Dragon” is primarily based on Martin’s e book “Fire & Blood” and is set round 200 years earlier than the occasions of “Game of Thrones,” centering on members of House Targaryen — Daenerys’ and Jon Snow’s ancestors. So, sure, that implies that there shall be silver wigs galore and smooching between blood relations. 

It will focus on Prince Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith, “The Crown,”), who is the king’s brother; King Viserys Targaryen (Paddy Considine); Alicent Hightower (Olivia Cooke); Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Emma D’Arcy), who is the king’s daughter; and Lord Corlys Velaryon (Steve Toussaint), often called the Sea Snake. 

Steve Toussaint as The Sea Snake in “House of the Dragon.”

In case you had been weirded out by the sibling incest between Jaime and Cersei Lannister in “Game of Thrones,” this story takes a serious activate that entrance and, as a substitute, has uncle and niece incest between Daemon and Rhaenyra.

The plot will deal with the Dance of the Dragons — the notorious civil struggle that came about between siblings Aegon II and Rhaenyra over the throne after the loss of life of their father Viserys I. (Casting for Aegon hasn’t been introduced but).

Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower and Rhys Ifans as Otto Hightower in “House of the Dragon.”

After “Game of Thrones” ended to mass viewers controversy and scorn, Martin firmly acknowledged that he loves this present.

As for a premiere date, though it’s coming in 2022, Martin made it sound prefer it may very well be nearer to the finish of the year.

“So when will you see it, you ask?” he continued in his weblog submit. “When will the dragons dance? I wish I could tell you. Lots of work remains to be done, as I said, and covid makes planning difficult. This spring? Unlikely. Maybe summer? Could be. Fall? Who knows? You’ll know when we do.”