Game of Thrones creator George RR Martin explains why House of the Dragon will continue filming during strike

Game of Thrones creator George RR Martin has explained why House of the Dragon will continue filming while other TV shows are shutting down production due to the ongoing WGA writers' strike.

Martin, who wrote the prequel book of the same name that House of the Dragon is based upon, explained in a blog post that the scripts for season two of the show were finished months ago.

"The scripts for the eight S2 episodes were all finished months ago, long before the strike began," Martin said.

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"Every episode has gone through four or five drafts and numerous rounds of revisions, to address HBO notes, my notes, budget concerns, etc. There will be no further revisions. The writers have done their jobs; the rest is in the hands of the directors, cast, and crew… and of course the dragons."

So, that's why House of the Dragon will go ahead, although Martin did also confirm that production for another Westeros spin-off, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight, has shut down.

"Ira Parker and his incredible staff of young talents are on the picket lines," Martin said.

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That show isn't the only major production to be affected by the strike – the Duffer brothers confirmed that Stranger Things will be delayed due to the strike.

"Duffers here. Writing does not stop when filming begins," they tweeted. "While we’re excited to start production with our amazing cast and crew, it is not possible during this strike. We hope a fair deal is reached soon so we can all get back to work. Until then — over and out. #wgastrong," they finished, though it is unclear how long the delay to Stranger Things season five will be.

The strike largely concerns pay in the new age of streaming as, on streaming shows, writers earned a fixed amount no matter how successful the show is. But on broadcast, writers earn more from residual payments if the show becomes a hit. The WGA is demanding the same treatment for streaming work.

House of the Dragon airs on HBO in the US and on Sky Atlantic and NOW in the UK. Season 2 has been confirmed. Game of Thrones seasons 1-8 are available on DVD and Blu-ray.

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