Game of Thrones’ official Twitter account has today declared ‘Winter is coming’.
For starters, winter is not coming for most parts of the world. At least, where the show was produced and filmed.
And in the game of the thrones, that phrase is more loaded than The Hound’s dinner plate.
There is a chance HBO are simply marking the show’s upcoming 10th anniversary; The series’ pilot episode, aptly titled ‘Winter Is Coming’ officially aired 10 years on April 17.
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And while that could very well be the case, fans are convinced the tweet has something to do with the GoT prequel, House of the Dragon.
Not long after GoT aired its finale two years ago, the network greenlit a prequel series based on author George R.R. Martin’s companion book Fire & Blood, which is set 300 years before the events of the original show.
It focuses on the rise and fall of House Targaryen.
While there’s not a whole lot of information about the show, we do know it’s coming to screens in 2022 and that UK actor Paddy Considine has been cast as the lead role, King Viserys Taragaryen.
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It’s reported the show will focus on the Dance of the Dragons – which is the Targaryen civil war of succession between Aegon II and his half-sister Rhaenyra over their father Viserys’s throne.
The House of the Dragon pilot and several other episodes will be shot by veteran GoT director Miguel Sapochnik, who directed some of the most epic episodes in the show’s history including ‘Battle of the B*stards’, ‘Hardhome’ and ‘The Long Night’.
Game of Thrones touched on the fascinating history of House Targaryen, but by the end of the show, which aired its eighth and final season in May last year, the intrigue had almost died out.
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