Last night, the trades had word from the HBO’s session at the TCA Winter gathering, with executive Casey Bloys discussing the status of post-Game of Thrones successor shows and the fact that he expected House of the Dragons would not premiere before 2022.
As reported at the end of October, House of the Dragon—apparently focused on the Dance of the Dragons covered in Fire & Blood—was given a full series order. Headed by showrunners Ryan Condal and Game of Thrones-veteran Miguel Sapochnik, Bloys said that part of the reason this has gone forward is the fact that there’s a book (the aforementioned F&B) that provides the world-building and roadmap for the story. The remaining show pitches which were in various stages of development, such as those from Carly Wray and Brian Helgeland, are on indefinite hold at least until House of the Dragon.
Bloys also commented on the “Long Night” project by Jane Goldman that didn’t make it past the pilot stage, stating that:
“In development, in pilots, sometimes things come together, sometimes they don’t,” he said. “One of the things I think Jane took on beautifully, which was a challenge, there was a lot more world creation because she set hers 8,000 years before the (mothership) show, so it required a lot more. That is a big swing. One of the things about House of the Dragons, there is a text, there is a book so that made it a little bit more of a road map for a series order.”
If HotD launches 2022, it would means that we’ll probably begin seeing production and casting starting late this year or early next, so that’s something to look forward to.