- Game of Thrones -Your Guide To Keeping The 'Game Of Thrones' Prequels Straight
The Game of Thrones prequels aren't even out yet, and I am already deeply confused. On Thursday, Jan. 21, HBO announced a new Game of Thrones prequel series was in development, this time based on George R.R. Martin's Tale of Dunk and Egg novella series. Just to clarify, this is not to be confused with the other GoT prequel, House of the Dragon, which is currently in pre-production. Oh, and it's also not the other previously announced prequel starring Naomi Watts, which wasn't picked up. Got it? No? Me neither.
Wrapping my head around Daenerys being Jon Snow's aunt was enough of a challenge. Asking me to keep two different GoT prequels straight is a different kind of beast. It's like asking Sansa to ride a dragon; I respect it, but I have no idea how to do it. And I'm pretty sure I can't be the only one. So, to help keep things straight, I've gathered all the key things you need to know about each prequel.
Tale of Dunk and Egg
- When Does It Take Place? This prequel is reportedly set 90 years before the events of A Song of Ice and Fire (the series upon which GoT is based).
- What's It About? Tale of Dunk and Egg follows the adventures of a young Aegon V Targaryen — that's Daenerys' grandfather (and Jon's great grandfather). As a kid, he forged a bond with the knight, Ser Duncan the Tall, who took him on as a squire. And, per Martin's novellas, the two had many adventures around Westeros, until Aegon was called to the throne.
- Are There Dragons? Nope! By the time Aegon was born, dragons were a thing of the past. That said, the search for dragons play a major role in his journey and (spoiler) his eventual demise.
House of the Dragon
- When Does It Take Place? House of the Dragon is reportedly set 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones.
- What's It About? This prequel will take focus on the rise of the House of Targaryen, specifically King Viserys Targaryen and his children, Prince Daemon Targaryen and Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Aegon V's great-uncle and great-aunt). This show will likely set up the war between the Targaryen siblings, known as the Dance of the Dragons.
- Are There Dragons? Yes! These Targaryen's are full of dragon blood, and Princess Rhaenyra is a known dragon rider, which means dragons abound!
So, to recap, the timeline is: House of the Dragon —> Tale of Dunk and Egg —> Game of Thrones. But, if even that is too hard to keep straight, really the only thing you need to remember is that whatever has "dragon" in the title is probably the oldest. Granted, this trick is only good for now, in a world with two prequels. (For reference, the Naomi Watts prequel would have taken place thousands of years BEFORE House of the Dragon.) And it's also true that Tale of Dunk and Egg is still only in early development stages. It could very well never make it to production, let alone to air. And just like that... my headache has returned.