Ever since HBO announced that it was planning an inevitable spin-off from the enormously popular and lucrative cash-cow that is Game of Thrones, we, the fans, have been levitating with excitement.
Initially, all eyes were on Jane Goldman's Age of Heroes pilot, a White Walkers origin story tentatively named The Long Night. But that was scrapped in October 2019 and while no official statement was offered, it was reported that there were issues during the filming of the pilot in Northern Ireland (via Deadline).
But that bump in the road hasn't deterred HBO from pushing ahead with other projects and there is still plenty to look forward to.
Here's everything you need to know about what's in the pipeline.
House of the Dragon
The series, which is based on Martin's Fire and Blood, takes place 300 years before the events of Thrones and will chart the story of House Targaryen. George RR Martin and Ryan Condal (Colony, Hercules) co-created the ten-episode series, and Condall is also showrunning alongside Miguel Sapochnik.
Sapochnik directed six Thrones episodes, including 'Battle of the Bastards' and 'The Long Night'.
If you haven't read the book but don't mind spoilers, we've delved into what you can expect in greater detail here.
Paddy Considine (The Third Day, The Outsider) is playing King Viserys I, described as a "warm, kind and decent man". Truth Seekers' Emma D'Arcy will feature as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, Viserys's first-born child and intended heir.
Sound of Metal star Olivia Cooke is Lady Alicent Hightower, King Viserys's second wife and Rhaenyra's stepmother.
Steve Toussaint (Small Axe) plays her husband Corlys Velaryon, who is also known as "The Sea Snake" because he's the greatest seafarer Westeros has ever known. "He built his house into a powerful seat that is even richer than the Lannisters and that claims the largest navy in the world", according to the official description.
HBO's president of programming Casey Bloys previously said (via Deadline) that it won't arrive until "sometime in 2022". But production has currently paused due to a positive COVID-19 test on set, and that might not be the last time the cameras are forced to stop rolling, so it remains to be seen whether it arrives in the first or latter half of the year.
The narrative is set 1,000 years before Thrones and revolves around a princess called Nymeria, an ancestor of House Martell and the founder of Dorne. Many of you will remember that Arya Stark's direwolf was named after the royal.
The action picks up after a great conflict and will follow Nymeria as she leads her people to pastures new.
Amanda Segel, who worked on Marvel's Helstrom, is reportedly overseeing proceedings.
This one is in its very early stages, so nothing to report at this moment in time.
The title refers to Corlys Velaryon's sea expeditions on board his ship Sea Snake, which took him to lands far and wide including Dragonstone and Leng, whose riches are said to have doubled House Velaryon's.
It is supposedly set around the same time as House of the Dragon, in which he's played by Steve Toussaint, who you might recognise from Line of Duty.
We don't have any updates regarding its arrival at the moment.
Bruno Heller, creator of The Mentalist and co-creator of Rome, who also worked on Gotham, is reportedly on board alongside Martin.
Tales of Dunk & Egg
The narrative, which is based on Martin's series of fantasy novellas, takes place 90 years before Thrones kicks off and centres on the escapades of Ser Duncan the Tall (Dunk) and a jumior Aegon V Targaryen (Egg).
Variety previously reported that it is a "high priority" for HBO. No names have been announced just yet. Watch this space for updates. Like many of the spinoffs, we're still waiting for more concrete info.
The Hollywood Reporter has since reported that there is another show on the way, which will be animated. It will be set in the Golden Empire of Yi Ti, which is situated on the continent of Essos. The society, inspired by Imperial China, is believed to be one of the most ancient and advanced.
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