- Game of Thrones -Three More 'Game Of Thrones' Prequels Are In The Works — But Will There Be Dragons?
What do we say to death? Not today. But what do we say to HBO developing three more Game of Thrones prequel series? If you say so. Deadline has confirmed that the world of Westeros is getting a whole lot bigger with concepts in the works for 9 Voyages, Flea Bottom, and 10,000 Ships. That's on top of the other GoT prequels in development.
In January, we broke down the Game of Thrones spinoffs including House of the Dragon, which is about to begin shooting and is slated to debut in 2022, Tales of Dunk and Egg based on George R.R. Martin's novellas, and a potential animated drama series with no creative team on board yet. So what are the need-to-know basics of these three new prequel series in the pipeline?
9 Voyages or Sea Snake
- What's it about? 9 Voyages would follow the titular seafaring adventures of Lord Corlys Velaryon, who, like Daenerys Targaryen, has multiple epithets including the Sea Snake, Lord of the Tides, head of House Velaryon, and husband to Rhaenys Targaryen. His nautical voyages on his Sea Snake ship became the songs of legend, garnering him wealth to build a house even wealthier than the Lannisters' and claim the largest navy in the world.
- How "developed" is it? Unlike the two others that were announced, this series is helmed by Bruno Heller, the creator of The Mentalist, co-creator of Rome, and developer of Gotham.
- Have any roles been cast? Yes! Steve Toussaint will be playing Valeryon and Eve Best will portray Princess Rhaneys in House of the Dragon (remember: a series that hasn't even been shot yet), so they presumably are being set up to lead 9 Voyages in their own spinoff set around the same time, 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones.
- But... are there dragons? Yes! Princess Rhaenys was a lauded dragonrider, so HBO had better prepare those CGI bucks.
- What's it about? Remember when King Robert Baratheon hid his bastard son Gendry from prying eyes over in Flea Bottom? Yeah, that's the maze-like area this series is built around, the poorest slum district in King's Landing.
- How "developed" is it? No writers are attached to the project yet.
- Have any roles been cast? Not yet.
- But... are there dragons? To be determined, as we're not sure what time period this spinoff would be set in yet.
- What's it about? Warrior queen princess Princess Nymeria — yes, the Nymeria who Arya named her direwolf after and the namesake of one of the Sand Snakes — who founded the Kingdom of Dorne and is an ancestor of House Martell. Meaning, we can thank her for Oberyn's existence. The "10,000 Ships" working title refers to Nymeria's journey with the surviving members of the Rhoynars from Essos to Dorne after losing the Valyrian freehold in the Second Spice War roughly 1,000 years before A Song of Ice and Fire (the series Game of Thrones is based on).
- How "developed" is it? No writers are attached yet.
- Have any roles been cast? Not yet.
- But... are there dragons? Um, there had better be, since the Valyrians sent 300 dragons against the Rhoynar, which led to Nymeria fleeing with her people to Dorne. And dragons should hopefully rear their flaming heads since 10,000 Ships would now be the series going the furthest back on the Game of Thrones timeline, aside from the now-dead prequel series that would have been set during the Age of Heroes.
Now, what I personally would want more than anything from a Game of Thrones spinoff is to tag along with Arya on her swashbuckling adventures as she sails away from King's Landing to find what's west of Westeros. And yet, I am still at a loss as none of these series are set to feature the Night King Slayer.
Ah well, at least there should be dragons. And we could always do with more dragons.