George RR Martin , creator of A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones , has revealed that filming for the House of the Dragon prequel has wrapped .
In his blog, the author wrote:
They informed me that filming for the first season of House of the Dragon has concluded. Yes, of all ten episodes. I’ve seen the preassembled of some, and I loved them.
Now, as Martin explains, the series will go into post-production to add visual effects, soundtrack and other technical details like color timing . “But the writing, the directing, the acting are all exceptional,” he continued. “I hope you will like them as much as I do. My compliments to Ryan (Condal) and Miguel (Sapochnik) and their team, and to our fantastic cast ”.
Back in December, Martin revealed that he had seen the first episode of the series and had expressed a similar judgment :
Don’t tell anyone… but I saw a preliminary cut from the first episode. I loved it. It’s dark, powerful, visceral… just the way I like the fantasy epic. Ryan Condal and Miguel Sapochnik (the showrunners) did a great job, and then the cast… just like with Game of Thrones , most audiences will only have heard of a few actors. But I really think that many of them will enter your hearts. And they will tear them apart when later with the story … No, so I would tell you too much. I really think the Targaryens are in very good hands. You will not be disappointed, I anticipate it.
The debut date of House of the Dragon has not yet been announced and Martin remains vague: “Who knows? You will know it when we know it ”.
The series will be based on Fire & Blood , Martin’s book about the rise and fall of the Targaryens. The show will be set 300 years before Game of Thrones . The cast will include Olivia Cooke (Alicent Hightower), Matt Smith (Daemon Targaryen), Emma D’Arcy (Rhaenyra Targaryen), Rhys Ifans (Otto Hightower), Steve Toussaint (Corlys Velaryon), Eve Best (Rhaenys Velaryon), Fabien Frankel ( Criston Cole) and Sonoya Mizuno (Mysaria). Paddy Considine will be King Viserys I. With them also Graham McTavish (Ser Harrold Westerling),Ryan Corr (Ser Harwin Strong), Jefferson Hall (in the dual role of Lord Jason Lannister and Ser Tyland Lannister), David Horovitch (Grand Master Mellos), Matthew Needham (Layrs Strong), Bill Patterson (Lord Lyman Beesbury) and Gavin Spokes ( Lord Lyonel Strong).
Ryan Condal will be the showrunner of the series along with Miguel Sapochnik , who will direct the first episode and others thereafter.