HBO orders another Game of Thrones prequel hours after Naomi Watts’s series is axed

Bosses at HBO have given the go-ahead for another prequel series to Game of Thrones.

The hit fantasy drama came to an end in May after eight seasons, and the new House of the Dragon will explore the origins of the show in a narrative set around 300 years before events in the original show.

“It’s my pleasure to announce today that we are ordering House of the Dragon straight to series for HBO,” said Casey Bloys, president of HBO programming, at a launch event in Los Angeles for the HBO Max streaming platform. “It tells the story of House Targaryen and the early days of Westeros.”


In a tweet from the official Games of Thrones Twitter account, it was confirmed the new series would be co-produced by Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin, Ryan Condal and Miguel Sapochnik.

The announcement came hours after another planned prequel, due to star Naomi Watts, was apparently cancelled, with Deadline reporting showrunner Jane Goldman emailed the cast and crew of the project to let them know the pilot filmed over the summer wouldn’t be proceeding.