“Game of Thrones” Prequel “Tales of Dunk and Egg” in Development at HBO
If you were worried that HBO doesn’t have enough Game of Thrones related projects in the works, you can now breathe a sigh of relief. Variety reveals that George R. R. Martin’s series of novellas, “Tales of Dunk and Egg,” are currently in development. Unlike the current prequel, House of the Dragon, which is set 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones, Tales of Dunk and Egg will be set a mere 90 years before Dany, Jon, Jaime, and the rest. This means there were almost certainly be myriad connections viewers will be able to make, should the series make to air, between Tales of Dunk and Egg‘s storyline and the dark future we know is less than a century away.
For readers of Martin’s work (rather than those of us who merely watched the juggernaut series), “Tales of Dunk and Egg” was something lots of fans were hoping for. In a way, Tales of Dunk and Egg fills a prequel-sized hole that a previous project, from writer Jane Goldman and starring Naomi Watts, left. That would-be series filmed a pilot in 2019, but HBO decided not to move forward with it.
The three novellas that make up Martin’s “Dunk and Egg” series are 1998’s “The Hedge Knight,” 2003’s “The Sworn Sword,” and 2010’s “The Mystery Knight.” They were then collected under the 2015 title “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.” Like Game of Thrones, the series would be made up of hour-long episodes. The novellas follow the adventures of Ser Duncan the Tall (Dunk) and a young Aegon V Targaryen (Egg). Meanwhile, House of the Dragon is due in 2022.
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