“Game of Thrones” Spinoff “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” Nabs “Black Mirror” Director

One of the most beloved episodes of Black Mirror is, without question, “San Junipero,” and now its helmer, Owen Harris, has been tapped to board one of HBO’s biggest productions.

Harris is joining HBO’s next Game of Thrones spinoff, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, only the second spinoff series that will have made it to air—House of the Dragon was the first—and now it has a stellar director in Harris, who also will serve as executive producer and will direct the first three episodes, setting the tone and pace for the series. Harris also directed the Black Mirror episode “Be Right Back,” another stunner.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mackenzie Davis in “Black Mirror” season 3, “San Junipero.” Courtesy Laurie Sparham/Netflix

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms is set a century before the events in Game of Thrones and is centered on two unlikely heroes wandering about Westeros and getting into adventures. One is Ser Duncan the Tall (Peter Claffey), a young, naïve knight who makes up for his lack of knowledge with a tremendous amount of courage. Ser Duncan has a friend and helpmate, his squire Egg (Sol Ansell), and the two go bumbling about Westeros while the Targaryens sit on the Iron Throne.

We also now know that A Knight in the Seven Kingdoms’ first season will have six episodes, a touch tighter than the usual 10-episode arc of the first seasons of Game of Thrones and House of the Dragon. This smaller narrative window owes a lot to the fact that the series is adapted from George R. R. Martin’s novella “The Hedge Knight,” which ran a slim 160 pages, a much tighter storyline than Martin’s usual sprawling epics.

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“House of the Dragon” Season 2 Trailer Coming Tomorrow

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Featured image: An image from “House of the Dragon.” Photograph by Courtesy HBO


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