Game of Thrones fans excit­ed for House of the Drag­on — the upcom­ing pre­quel series HBO announced late last year — should pre­pare to set­tle in for a bit of a wait. Accord­ing to HBO’s pres­i­dent of pro­gram­ming Casey Bloys, the series like­ly won’t air until “some­time in 2022,” via Dead­line.

Bloys wouldn’t offer any more details than that, save to say that writ­ing for the series is under­way, and that there were no cast­ing details to announce yet. He also empha­sized that despite the fact that HBO had sev­er­al oth­er Game of Thrones suc­ces­sors in the works, all focus right now is on House of the Drag­on. “There are no oth­er blink­ing green lights or any­thing like that,” Bloys told Dead­line. “Some­time down the road who knows, but there are no imme­di­ate plans. We are all focus­ing on House of the Drag­on.”

No cast­ing details to announce yet

House of the Drag­on is based on George R.R. Martin’s 2019 book Fire and Blood. The book is set 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones and relates the his­to­ry of the Tar­garyens, begin­ning with Aegon the Conqueror’s ini­tial con­quest of Wes­t­eros and his bring­ing the Sev­en King­doms under his rule.

The book then jumps through the decades, touch­ing on each suc­ces­sive Tar­garyen ruler and the pol­i­tics, civ­il wars, and intrigue through­out his­to­ry. (So far, Mar­tin has just pub­lished the first of two planned Fire and Blood books, cov­er­ing the first half of the Tar­garyen dynasty. A sec­ond book that will cov­er the remain­der of the family’s his­to­ry up until where A Song of Ice and Fire starts is planned for the future.)

Which aspects of Wes­t­eros’ his­to­ry the show will adapt is as yet unknown — it’s pos­si­ble House of the Drag­on will sim­ply focus on just one part of House Targaryen’s his­to­ry, like Aegon’s con­quest or the Dance of the Drag­ons (a Tar­garyen civ­il war that promis­es epic dra­con­ic bat­tles). Or HBO may choose to emu­late Martin’s book, and jump through his­to­ry to chart mul­ti­ple eras of the fam­i­ly.

Deadline’s report also fea­tures more infor­ma­tion on why HBO ulti­mate­ly passed on its oth­er in-devel­op­ment Game of Thrones pre­quel star­ring Nao­mi Watts and writ­ten by Jane Gold­man that had been set 8,000 years before the events of the orig­i­nal show.

As Bloys explains, “In devel­op­ment, in pilots, some­times things come togeth­er, some time they don’t. One of the things I think Jane took on beau­ti­ful­ly, which was a chal­lenge, there was a lot more role cre­ation because she set hers 8,000 years before the (moth­er­ship) show, so it required a lot more. That is a big swing.”

Addi­tion­al­ly, Bloys high­light­ed the fact that House of the Drag­on had a key advan­tage: source mate­r­i­al from George R.R. Mar­tin, the lack of which ulti­mate­ly had a huge impact on the lat­er sea­sons of Game of Thrones. “One of the things about House of Drag­ons, there is a text, there is a book so that made it a lit­tle bit more of a road map for a series order.”

While the 2022 date may be a bit dis­ap­point­ing to fans hop­ing for more Game of Thrones on their TVs soon­er, it’s not the biggest prob­lem. After all, if there’s one thing fans of George R.R. Martin’s books are good at, it’s wait­ing for things to be released.

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