House Of The Dragon Showrunner Reveals How GOT Writers Respond To The Prequel

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HBO’s House of the Dragon showrunner Miguel Sapochnik shares what David Benioff and D.B. Weiss said to him after learning he will work on the series. The two writers worked on the Game of Thrones saga until its conclusion in 2019.

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David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, showrunners of Game of Thrones

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss adapted George R.R. Martin’s novel A Song of Ice and Fire on television in 2011 and it became a worldwide phenomenon. The series produced eight seasons with the final one being the most controversial. The success of the franchise gave birth to the upcoming prequel, House of the Dragon.

The prequel is set three centuries back in time when the House Targaryen rules King’s Landing until their fall from grace that resulted in the civil war called Dance of the Dragons. The story will see the brutality, betrayal, and bestiality of the silver-haired family as they conquer realms and kingdoms. House of the Dragon is based on Martin’s novel, Fire & Blood.

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Milly Alcock as Rhaenyra Targaryen in HBO’s House of the Dragon

Game Of Thrones Writers React To House Of The Dragon

In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Sapochnick reveals how the previous writers of Game of Thrones reacted to his accepting the job.

They said, ‘Don’t do it,’ and David didn’t talk to me for six months. No, they were lovely. I had one of the best experiences I’ve ever had in my career working with David and Dan — they were wonderful to me, wonderful friends. No one’s ever going to be happy if you start going out with your best mate’s girlfriend, it’s just not going to happen, but they were good.”

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Jokes aside, there might have been a grain of truth in this precautionary message. After the criticisms that Game of Thrones received, it will be difficult to redeem the franchise. However, constant updates from both the showrunners and Martin himself proved that the series will stay faithful to its source material.


House of the Dragon is coming to HBO Max this August 21.


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