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Game of Thrones Animated series in development as Matt Smith talks joining live-action spinoff House of the Dragon

January 28th, 2021 by Marc Comments

Looks like there’s sort of exciting stuff coming in the next few years for fans of the Game of Thrones saga… let’s hope they’re all treated better than the last few seasons of the core show.

Anyway, first up, the Game of Thrones prequel Tales of Dunk and Egg is in early development at HBO; it will be a one-hour series bases on the novella by George RR Martin and will take place almost a century before A Song of Ice and Fire (the book that kicked off the GoT series) and will feature characters Ser Duncan the Tall (Dunk) and a young Aegon V Targaryen (Egg).

So far there are three novellas in the series – The Hedge Knight (1998), The Sworn Sword (2003) and The Mystery Knight (2010) which were then published together as A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms (2015).

So far there are no actors, writers or directors attached so far.

On top of this, another prequel series, House of the Dragon, is set to air in 2022 and will explore the Targaryen civil war in Westeros, the Dance of Dragons as the fans will know it, which takes place 300 years before Game of Thrones.

House of the Dragon stars Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower and Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen, “a peerless warrior and a dragon rider who possesses the true blood of the dragon” his character is the young brother of Paddy Considine’s King Viserys.

Recently at GalaxyCon’s virtual Doctor Who Q&A, Smith said of his role: “I think it’ll be a really exciting cast, I think it’s a wonderful legacy to be part of and it’s a great part. And without saying too much, I’m just sort of looking forward to riding a few dragons…if I get to.

“Who knows what goes on in this role, but yeah look – I’m just looking forward to getting started and I think, hopefully, with the people involved, it could be really exciting.”

And now the latest series in development is… an animated show?!

Yes, similar to the Harry Potter series we reported on yesterday, the series will be a spin-off from the core Game of Thrones series, this series is headed to HBO Max.

Of course, until these shows actually get a few episodes filmed and confirmed to be airing, they may not actually happen… remember that Game of Thrones prequel starring Naomi Watts that went to pilot but ultimately never happened? That could happen again.

But it certainly looks like HBO are hoping to put Game of Thrones front and centre of their franchises that have a big universe to explore.

What say you all? Would you be excited for Game of Thrones shows and animated series? Let me know all your thoughts, guys.

Source: THR, Variety and Radio Times

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….