Despite Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin once plainly stating that HBO was not going to make a TV show out of his Dunk and Egg novellas, those characters will be central in A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight, a Thrones prequel series that HBO greenlit Wednesday during Warner Bros. Discovery’s unveiling of its Max streaming service.
The series will be written and executive-produced by Martin and Ira Parker. Ryan Condal, who currently serves as House of the Dragon‘s showrunner, and Vince Gerardis also will be EPs.
“A century before the events of Game of Thrones, two unlikely heroes wandered Westeros,” the official logline reads. “A young, naive but courageous knight, Ser Duncan the Tall” (aka Dunk) “and his diminutive squire, Egg. Set in an age when the Targaryen line still holds the Iron Throne and the memory of the last dragon has not yet passed from living memory, great destinies, powerful foes and dangerous exploits all await these improbable and incomparable friends.”
In 2021, HBO and HBO Max chief content officer Casey Bloys stressed that the Game of Thrones spinoff concepts that would move forward would be the ones that are the strongest based on several measures.
“Obviously, we know George has this incredible world with all of this really rich and complicated history and all of these characters,” he told TVLine at the time. “So we’ve been trying to be thoughtful about what are the stories that are worth telling. What would be exciting? What would fans love?” he said. “Dunk and Egg is one of those, but not the only one.”
Bloys added that HBO also would take into account what the network — and the creators with which it partners — are most excited about, story-wise. Ideally, he said, “We’ll let the creative dictate where we end up.”
Are you excited about a Dunk and Egg series? Let us know in the comments!
Streamers and cable are milking their cash cows and turning to recognized IP. Only a matter of time before we get an animated series like Netflix is doing with Stranger Things. That will be the next fad.
Fair point, but the Dunc and Egg graphic novels are quite good. If done right, this could be great television.
It’s pointless if it’s going to be three years (*slight exaggeration) in between seasons, as well. Hopefully this one doesn’t take huge breaks if/when it makes it to air.
What about the Jon Snow sequel? I’m sick of prequels.
I wonder this too. It was the only GoT off-shoot/spin off that really made me curious and happy.
Yeah the Jon Snow sequel is the one I’m really looking forward to. Prequels not so much.
Just finish the novel a Song of Ice and Fire already.
HBO can’t force George to write.
I loved the original Game of Thrones series, both books (as far as they went) and show. I HATED the book the current show is based on so haven’t watched that one. ButvI love the Dunk and Egg stories so I expect I’ll watch that one, I’ll be very interested to see who gets cast.
Can I put in a vote for using either only the first or second half of that title?
Anything GOT gets my stamp of approval. I loved House of the Dragon, and I’m excited for a potential Aegon’s Conquest series. This one sounds like it’ll be lots of fun too. Any because of the rich lore that GRRM created, there are so many story avenues to explore with this franchise. Here’s hoping the Jon Snow sequel gains traction, and a “West of Westeros” series starring Arya is next!
Those three Dunk and Egg stories were extremely fun and showed that Martin was very capable of writing short fiction as well as epic sagas.
I really can’t stand the Targaryens, so ave so far not watched Ouse of the Dragon. I will give Dunk and Egg a chance, but what I am really excited about is Jon Snow’s story. That and the hope that somewhere down the line they will try again on the building of the Wall, and give us a return to the Stark family history.