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House Of The Dragon Showrunner Clarifies Series Is Not A Prequel

Ryan J. Condal, co-showrunner of the upcoming HBO series House of the Dragon, insists that the show is not a prequel but a predecessor.

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

In his interview with SFX Magazine, Condal said:

George doesn’t call House of the Dragon a prequel, he calls it a successor show, which I’ve always really liked – I guess it’s a predecessor show. But I think that’s actually one of the things that makes it really interesting.”

He described how the upcoming series will differ from the original show, Game of Thrones.

It’s not just ‘Here’s Ned Stark when he was a kid’. It’s not that kind of story. Because there’s such a huge time gap between the shows, you really are relying on the thematic resonance between the two, and seeing how the dynamics of history change over time.”

How Will House Of The Dragon Connect With Game Of Thrones?

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Scene from House of the Dragon’s trailer

There is no promise that the predecessor series will provide any clue that would give a slight nudge to the original series but, according to Condal, “Little drops in the stream here will have ripple effects that affect the characters that we’ve known and loved and followed for a decade on television.”

House of the Dragon will be set three centuries back at the time of the rise and fall of the House Targaryen. These devastating events will lead to the inevitable civil war which history would remember as the Dance of the Dragons. Based on George R.R. Martin’s novel, Fire & Blood, the cast includes Paddy Considine, Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, Matt Smith, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best, and Rhys Ifans.

The official trailer has recently been released along with the first look at Matt Smith’s full Targaryen armor. House of the Dragon will premiere on HBO Max this August 21.