HBO has ordered a full series for the spin-off, set 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones. As well as introducing new characters and locations to the world of Westeros, production for the series will undergo a major shift as the network moves ahead with more tales from George R. R. Martin’s fantasy franchise.
The first of several potential spin-offs for the series, House of the Dragon, will trace the lineage of House Targaryen.
The royal line includes Daenerys Targaryen (played by Emilia Clarke), who met her demise in the finale of the eighth and final season.
Filming for the series is set to mark a major change in Game of Thrones production, as HBO has just ended its tenancy with Titanic Studios in Belfast.
One of Europe’s largest studios, multiple seasons of Game of Thrones were filmed in Northern Ireland’s landmark set, including a gigantic built location for King’s Landing sequences.
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Game of Thrones: Prequel production uncertain as HBO undergoes huge change (Image: HBO)
Game of Thrones: House of the Dragon will explore the Targaryen lineage (Image: HBO)
US production company HBO, which also oversees hits such as Watchmen and Westworld, issued a ‘letter of notification’ to Titanic Studios, Northern Ireland Screen and other associates informing them the facilities are no longer needed.
NI Screen chief executive Richard Williams confirmed that House of the Dragon will not be filmed in the Belfast studio.
He said: "All that is happening... is that they have served