‘Wasn’t Just a Prequel for Prequel’s Sake’: House of the Dragon Showrunner Ryan J. Condal Says Game of Thrones Prequel Has ‘Reason to Tell the Story’

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The upcoming American fantasy drama television series House of the Dragon was developed by showrunners Ryan J. Condal and George R. R. Martin for HBO. It serves as the precursor to the Game of Thrones series and is based on Martin’s book Fire & Blood, which was published in 2018. The prequel is set to depict the rise and fall of the House Targaryen and takes us 300 years back, just before the events of the main series.


Fans of the legendary series have a reason to be excited, as the precursor promises greatness. According to Ryan J. Condal, the prequel has a lot to offer to the narrative and isn’t there to function as a mere placeholder for the typical prequel release norm of the Hollywood industry.

House of the Dragon, a Game of Thrones Prequel
House of the Dragon, a Game of Thrones Prequel

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Is House of the Dragon A Promising Prequel To Game Of Thrones?

In a YouTube video posted on the official Game of Thrones channel on 19 Jul 2022, executive producer Ryan J. Condal had the following to say:

“George and his writing was a huge influence on me. It’s an incredible feeling to achieve my dream job.”

Ryan J. Condal
Ryan J. Condal, showrunner of House of the Dragon

The showrunner went on to emphasize how every great writer waits for their turn to get that dream “call” and wants to work on shows of such a grand scale. He elaborated on how there is initial happiness and excitement that gives way to a sense of responsibility — which can be hard to live up to.

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Furthermore, the showrunner commented on how the prequel is not being made for a “prequel’s sake” and that there is “actually a reason to tell the story.” The producer also stated how the sheer scale of the prequel is absolutely “staggering” and has a lot of potential to completely blow people’s minds away.

What George R. R. Martin Had To Say About House Of The Dragon

George R. R. Martin
George R. R. Martin

The author of A Song of Ice and Fire expressed his excitement for the prequel, which is based on his book Fire & Blood. When talking about the passing of the baton to Ryan J. Condal, the acclaimed writer had the following to say:

“It’s always a little apprehensive when you turn your baby over to foster parents, but I’m involved in this.”

He commended Ryan J. Condal on his work as a great writer, and reinstated the importance of having someone who “really knew his world”. Following this up, he conveyed:


“He [Ryan J. Condal] is gonna do his best to remain faithful to it.” 

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Matching the writer’s energy, Ryan J. Condal expressed his fondness for George R. R. Martin, by saying how immersive the work of the writer is and how grand the world he has built is, revolving around “thousands of years of history.” Undoubtedly, the two make a great pair as executive producers for the upcoming prequel.

According to the teasers and further speculations, the prequel is planning to portray a brutal and darker side to the story, especially in regards to the House Stark’s involvement.


House of the Dragon will debut on HBO Max on August 21, 2022, and new episodes are set to air every Sunday.

Source: YouTube


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