Game of Thrones prequel: What fans should expect

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Hannah A. Papasin
Writer. Critic. Professor. She started writing since primary school and now has two published textbooks on communication. A film buff, she's a Communication, Media Literacy and Journalism Professor of the University of St. La Salle-Bacolod, and has a Master's Degree in English.

Game of Thrones was one of the best things that happened on TV.

Until the debacle that was Season 7 and the disaster that was Season 8.

Game of Throne, for those of you who have been living under the rock, the series was based off the book series of GRR Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire.

The first few seasons of the series hews closely to books, especially when showrunners have David Benioff and D.B. Weiss lifts sometimes entire dialogs word-for-word from the source material.  It was not, however, the case with the later seasons especially when the series storyline has gone past what the books have depicted in the books.

Thus, character developments were either jettisoned (Jaime Lannister’s and Daenerys Targaryen’s aborted character arcs are standouts) and important subplots and details that were heavily teased were abandoned altogether (what the f— is up with the spiral symbol that the white walkers seemed to have a kick doing with its victims’ body parts – nada, no explanation).

Which is not surprising then that fans are awaiting the prequel, The House of the Dragon, which is coming to HBO soon, and is set 300 years before the events in GOT happened.

WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR

Based on the official website of HBO, the prequel will have Martin himself and Ryan Condal (known for Hercules) as co-creators.  D & D will not be called back as showrunners; instead this go to Condal and Sapochnik (who helmed GOT’s pivotal Battle of the Bastards, which is considered as the best episode of the entire series).

Paddy Considine, who audiences saw last in Peaky Blinders as Father John Hughes leads the cast as King Viserys Targaryen, while Emma D’Arcy (Truth Seekers) is set to play Rhaenyra Targaryen.  Matt Smith (Doctor Who) plays Daemon Taryaryen, and Rhys Ifans (really who doesn’t know Rhys Ifans?) is set to play Otto Hightower, the hand of the King.

Ramin Djawadi, who scored the GOT series, is called back to do musical scoring for the prequel.

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