HBO has officially confirmed that the Game of Thrones prequel, House of the Dragon, will start filming this April. The 10-episode series will tell the story of the Targaryen civil war, which took place 300 years prior to the events portrayed in GOT.
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The prequel is co-created by George R.R. Martin and Ryan Condal, who will act as co-showrunner alongside Miguel Sapochnik, who directed some memorable GOT episodes, such as ‘The Bells’ and ‘Battle of the Bastards’.
HBO shared, ‘We’re thrilled with Miguel and Ryan, their collaboration and their collaboration with us, and excited to get going’.
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The series will star Paddy Considine as King Viserys Targaryen, who ‘was chosen by the lords of Westeros to succeed the Old King, Jaehaerys Targaryen, at the Great Council at Harrenhal’.
‘A warm, kind, and decent man, Viserys only wishes to carry forward his grandfather’s legacy, but as we’ve learned from Game of Thrones, good men do not necessarily make for great kings.’
Another character will also round out the story, Aegon II Targaryen, Princess Rhaenyra’s younger half-brother who challenges her claim to the throne and ignites a civil war.