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A Game of Prequels Finds Victor with ‘House of the Dragon’

The highly anticipated ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel ‘Bloodmoon’ has been replaced with ‘House of the Dragon,’ chronicling the rise and fall of House Targaryen.

Shame! Shame! Shame! Winter may have come and gone for many Game of Thrones fans, but hopes for one highly anticipated prequel have frozen over for good. The untitled GOT spinoff, coined Bloodmoon by many and The Long Night by George R. R. Martin, has been cancelled despite a completed pilot and an all-star cast that included Naomi Watts (Mulholland Drive, King Kong), Miranda Richardson (The Hours, Sleepy Hollow) and Josh Whitehouse (Poldark). The now extinct project, chronicling the creation of the White Walkers thousands of years before the plot of Thrones, was to be run by Jane Goldman (X-Men: First Class, Kick-Ass) and executive produced by Martin himself. While an official reason for the cancellation has not been released, sources cite creative differences between Goldman and HBO after numerous pilot rewrites over the summer. HBO seems to be preventing another Season 8 narrative fiasco at all costs.

The Old Gods have not forgotten us, however. While Bloodmoon has lost its place on the Iron Throne, a newer, bloodier, prequel has spread its wings. House of the Dragon, based on Martin’s 2018 book “Fire & Blood,” will focus on the rise and fall of the fiery House Targaryen. The series will have ten episodes; production and release dates have yet to be announced. 

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