Talk of a spin-off of Game of Thrones has been buzzing ever since the final episode of the most popular TV series ever came to a fiery conclusion. Would it be a prequel, a sequel or something completely different?
The franchise looked to be on rocky ground after a planned show The Long Night starring Naomi Watts was cancelled before it was even off the ground. But a prequel series, entitled House of the Dragon, has been given the green light by HBO and a 10-episode series will be produced.
House of the Dragon is based on George R.R Martin’s novel Fire and Blood.
Cast of Game of Thrones on location in Dubrovnik - Photo Tonci Plazibat
And now that the show has been commissioned the rumours as to the locations are spreading like wildfire through social media. Dubrovnik was without doubt one of the most iconic locations for Game of Thrones. The ancient city was the centre of the whole series as King’s Landing and a variety of other locations around the city were used. From season two until the finale and season eight Dubrovnik was seen by millions and millions of fans worldwide and this has led to a whole industry of travel tours and souvenir shops in Dubrovnik.
HBO have yet to reveal a release date for the new show but it is expected at the end of 2020 or in 2021. And similarly no cast names have been released, understandingly the production details are being kept top secret. The HBO President of Programming, Casey Bloys, stated on Twitter that “"The Game of Thrones universe is so rich with stories. We look forward to exploring the origins of House Targaryen and the earlier days of Westeros.”
Game of Thrones filming in Dubrovnik - Photo Niksa Duper
It has however been confirmed that Ryan Condal will oversee the whole House of the Dragon’s project and that director Miguel Sapochnik will work with Condal. Sapochnik will also direct the pilot. And it is also believed that House of Dragon will be based some three hundred years before the Game of Thrones storyline.
And as Dubrovnik, and indeed the whole of Croatia, were so popular with the whole Game of Thrones cast and crew it would seem that there is a good chance that we will once again see a major production. Speaking to Jutarnji List Mia Pećina Draskovic from the Zagreb Film Office stated that “We have no information on where and when the series will be shot. We believe that they are very likely to be able to come to Croatia again because they have been here for many years and are very happy with their cooperation and locations. However, we do not have any additional information at this time.”