“Game of Thrones” Prequel Focused on “Dunk & Egg” Officially Moving Forward at HBO
Two beloved characters from George R. R. Martin’s sprawling world of Westeros are coming to HBO.
A Game of Thrones prequel based on Martin’s “Dunk & Egg” books was announced during Warner Bros. Discovery’s April 12 presentation to investors and the press—this was the same presentation in which they revealed the HBO Max and Discovery+ streaming service will henceforth be known as Max. The news about the upcoming Dunk & Egg-focused Game of Thrones prequel is manna from dragon-filled heaven for fans of Martin’s two more loveable creations. The series is called A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight.
The show will be adapted from Martin’s novellas following the adventures of Ser Duncan the Tall (Dunk) and young Aegon V Targaryen (Egg), which is set 90 years before the events in his most iconic work, “A Song of Ice and Fire.” The logline reads: “A century before the events of Game of Thrones, two unlikely heroes wandered Westeros… a young, naïve but courageous knight, Ser Duncan the Tall, and his diminutive squire, Egg. Set in an age when the Targaryen line still holds the Iron Throne and the memory of the last dragon has not yet passed from living memory, great destinies, powerful foes, and dangerous exploits all await these improbable and incomparable friends.”
Martin will not only serve as executive producer on the series, but he’ll also share writing duties alongside Ira Parker, a co-executive producer on HBO’s other Game of Thrones prequel, House of the Dragon. Also doing double duty from House of the Dragon are the series’ co-creator and showrunner, Ryan Condal, and longtime producer Vince Gerardis, both of whom will executive produce on the new prequel.
There’s plenty of source material to fuel the Dunk & Egg-focused prequel; Martin wrote three novellas about the duo, beginning with 1998’s “The Hedge Knight,” then followed by 2003’s “The Sworn Sword” and 2010’s “The Mystery Knight.” Those three works were combined and published together as “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” in 2015.
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms could become only the second Game of Thrones prequel to actually make it to the screen, as the process within HBO for making sure only the tightest, most intriguing characters and storylines from Martin’s epic fantasy world get the full series treatment is a rigorous one.
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