HBO’s Expanding Game of Thrones Universe: What Next After House of the Dragon?

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HBO’s Grand Plans for the Game of Thrones World

The world of Westeros is set to expand beyond “House of the Dragon,” the Game of Thrones spin-off currently in development. While “House of the Dragon” has been met with success, HBO has more ambitious plans for the beloved franchise.

Season 2 of “House of the Dragon” and Beyond

“House of the Dragon” was swiftly renewed for a second season shortly after its premiere, and Season 2 is currently in production. Unlike some other productions affected by industry strikes, “House of the Dragon” remained unaffected and continued filming.

Even though an official green light for Season 3 is pending, HBO is already contemplating its development. The intricate Targaryen civil war, known as the Dance of the Dragons, cannot be fully explored within Season 2, necessitating further storytelling.

Changing Episode Lengths

While Season 1 of “House of the Dragon” adhered to the traditional ten-episode format (excluding Seasons 7 and 8 of “Game of Thrones”), Season 2 will differ. It will consist of eight episodes, a change that HBO has confirmed. The possibility of Season 3 sharing this episode count remains open, reflecting HBO’s dedication to the series’ continuation.

The Vision of George R.R. Martin

Author George R.R. Martin, whose work inspired the series, expressed in his blog that it would “take four full seasons” to do justice to the Dance of the Dragons. However, this statement was made before the episode count was reduced to eight for Season 2. Consequently, “House of the Dragon” may extend to five seasons to tell the complete story.

More Game of Thrones Spin-Offs

HBO’s vision for the Game of Thrones universe encompasses numerous spin-off series. Four live-action successor shows are in development at HBO, as confirmed by George R.R. Martin. Although details are still emerging, here’s what we know:

  • “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight”: This spin-off, officially announced by HBO, draws from Martin’s “Tales of Dunk and Egg” novellas. Season 1 will focus on “The Hedge Knight.” Ira Parker is penning the series, with Martin’s involvement.
  • “Sea Snake (aka Nine Voyages)”: This series will explore Corlys Velaryon’s sea voyages before “House of the Dragon.” Steve Toussaint could reprise his role, but a younger actor may be sought.
  • “Snow”: Featuring Kit Harington’s return as Jon Snow, this sequel to “Game of Thrones” has been in development alongside other spin-offs. Harington brought in his own team of showrunners and writers for the series.
  • “10,000 Ships”: Set approximately 1,000 years before “Game of Thrones,” this spin-off follows Queen Nymeria’s journey from Essos to Dorne. Amanda Segel is the writer.
  • Animated Series: HBO has plans for two animated shows set in the world of Westeros, including one focused on Yi-Ti, titled “The Golden Empire.”
  • Aegon the Conqueror Series: Although not officially confirmed, HBO is reportedly considering an Aegon the Conqueror series.

HBO’s expansive approach ensures that fans will continue to explore the rich tapestry of Westeros in various forms, even after “House of the Dragon” concludes its journey.

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