What is dead may never die, but what is hugely profitable lives forever. That seems to be HBO’s mantra when it comes to Game of Thrones. The network is already following up its global phenomenon with the prequel series House of the Dragon, a story about the first Targaryen civil War “The Dance of the Dragons.” It’s likely to premiere in 2022. But HBO isn’t waiting around to see if common folk want more tales of Westeros. A new report says a second prequel series is already in early development. It’s based on George R.R. Martin’s fan-favorite “Dunk and Egg” novellas about the unlikely tales of a future Targaryen king and his sworn protector.
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According to Variety, HBO is in the early stages for a show based on “The Tales of Dunk and Egg.” So far Martin has released three short stories about the pair and their time traveling the Seven Kingdoms together. That included “The Hedge Knight” (1998), “The Sworn Sword” (2003), and “The Mystery Knight” (2010), which were all released in different anthologies. In 2015, A Knight of the Seven Kingdomsfinally collected them into one book. They have also each received graphic novel versions. Martin has also said previously he has more installments planned for the future. (But we know how that can go.) No one is currently attached to the project. But the series is reportedly a major priority for the network.
“Dunk and Egg” were always one of the likeliest choices for a prequel series. The novellas are popular with readers. And they give insight into Westeros before the Mad King destroyed his family.
Egg, short for Aegon, would go on sit atop the Iron Throne as King Aegon V. He was called as Aegon the Unlikely. He was the fourth son of a fourth son. As a child, which is the time period of the novellas, he served as the squire to the hedge knight Ser Duncan the Tall, who would serve as King Aegon’s Lord Commander. Ser Duncan was one of the most legendary knights in the history of Westeros.
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Despite dying in a terrible tragedy, both also had connections to Game of Thrones. Egg was the brother to Maester Aemon, sworn brother of the Night’s Watch. (“Egg, I dreamed that I was old.”) And Ser Duncan the Tall (Dunk) is Brienne of Tarth’s ancestor. Though the specifics of how remain unknown.
With the development in only the earliest of stages, it’s unlikely we will see the show anytime soon. That’s if we ever see it at all. A different Game of Thrones prequel filmed a pilot. HBO did not order it to series though.
But we still like Dunk and Egg’s odds. Their an amazing pair with a fascinating story. Fans of the series already love them. And, most importantly, franchises that make money never die.
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