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‘Game of Thrones’ prequel ‘Tales of Dunk and Egg’ in early works at HBO: Report

Game of Thrones’ fans has got another reason to rejoice as a prequel of the show is in early development.

According to Variety, a series adaptation of ‘Tales of Dunk and Egg’, written by author George R. R. Martin about Dunk (aka Ser Duncan the Tall) and Egg (Aegon V Targaryen), is in early development at HBO. The events in the Dunk and Egg tales take place about a century before those of Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels, which were the basis for HBO’s wildly popular fantasy drama.

Martin previously said there were no plans to use the novellas in question — The Hedge Knight, The Sworn Sword, and The Mystery Knight — as the basis for a sequel series. These three were then published together as a collective novel titled `A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms` in 2015. None of the artists are currently connected to the project, however, sources state that HBO has been considering it as one of its most anticipating projects to work on after the success of `Game of Thrones`.

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HBO currently is moving forward with House of the Dragon, which was co-created by Martin and Ryan J. Condal (Colony). Set 300 years before the original Thrones series, it will follow House Targaryen as it begins its storied downfall. Thrones director Miguel Sapochnik will serve as co-showrunner, alongside Condal.

House of the Dragon will star Matt Smith (Doctor Who) as Prince Daemon Targaryen and Paddy Considine (The Outsider) as King Viserys. The cast also includes Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel) as Alicent Hightower, the Hand of the King’s daughter; and Emma D’Arcy (Truth Seekers) as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, King Viserys’ eldest child.

In late 2019, HBO officially passed on its first post-Thrones spinoff, a pilot from Jane Goldman staring Naomi Watts (Twin Peaks). “The Jane Goldman one was a bit of a bigger swing because there was a lot more invention,” HBO president Casey Bloys told TVLine in January 2020. “House of the Dragon, George has text and history for that era, so there is a bit more of a road map.”

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