Following the still-controversial and considerably risky series finale of Game of Thrones (2011-2019), HBO is not slowing down on expanding the world around the show.
HBO has already confirmed that House of the Dragon (2022-) will dip into the lore surrounding the House Targaryen, and it seems like there are more Game of Thrones spinoffs on the way. There are the likes of The Tales of Dunk and Egg are headed to television.
Variety reported that HBO is actively developing a new series around the set of three novelettes authored by George R.R. Martin. These novelettes, despite their different publication years, have been collected and published together. The Hedge Knight leads the three published in 1998, trailed after by The Sworn Sword (2003) and The Mystery Knight (2010). All three take place 90 years prior to A Song of Ice and Fire, which served as the source material for Game of Thrones.
Prior to the news of The Tales of Dunk and Egg and House of the Dragon, all other Game of Thrones projects were passed upon by HBO. Network head Casey Bloys confirmed more Game of Thrones to come, claiming that the franchise can build up to Marvel or Star Wars-level success. “Those are fantastic properties that are decades and decades old,” Bloys said. “I don’t know that it would get that big, but certainly it is a great resource that we have and an amazing world. So I don’t think it’s just going to be the one [show] for the rest of its life.”
Even though the final season of Games of Thrones saw an unfortunate ending, the show managed to become a groundbreaking, popular, and beloved series by fans. HBO redefined what was possible for cable television through its bold take on the fantasy genre. As for The Tales of Dunk and Egg, there is more to come just yet.