‘Game of Thrones’ Targaryen prequel series close to HBO pilot deal

'Game of Thrones' fans could learn more about the ancestors of Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) if HBO goes ahead with a possible prequel series that explores the Targaryen family history, the subject of George R.R. Martin's book, 'Fire & Blood.' (Photo: HBO)

“Game of Thrones” finished its epic run in May, but the franchise – as opposed to many of the HBO hit’s deceased characters – appears to have plenty of life left in it. 

HBO is nearing a pilot deal for a prequel series that would be set three centuries before “GoT” and would focus on the decline of House Targaryen. Deadline first reported the news, which was confirmed by a person familiar with the project who was not authorized to speak publicly. 

The project is from George R.R. Martin, best-selling author of the book series on which “GoT” is based, and Ryan Condal (“Colony”).

Martin suggested in May on his blog that readers could get hints about the project by reading his novel “Fire & Blood.” The book is described as a Targaryen history and is set 300 years before the events of “GoT,” which featured one of the family’s most famous descendants, Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke).

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Author George R.R. Martin is working on a potential "Game of Thrones" prequel series that appears to be nearing the pilot stage at HBO. (Photo: Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

He wouldn’t reveal the plot of the new project, but wrote: “Maybe some of you should pick up a copy of ‘Fire & Blood’ and come up with your own theories.”

Another potential prequel series already is in the works, having completed taping of the pilot in Ireland earlier this year. That project, which is in post-production, stars Naomi Watts and is set thousands of years before the original. During remarks at the Television Critics Association in July, HBO program chief Casey Bloys said the filmed dailies look “really good.”

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In the May blog post, Martin wrote that three of five potential “successor shows in development at HBO … are still moving forward nicely.” That includes the two projects mentioned above. 

“GoT,” which set ratings records for HBO, also has 32 nominations heading into this month’s Emmy Awards ceremony, a record for any show in a single season. The epic fantasy drama already has won a record 47 Emmys.

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