HBO President Talks HOUSE OF THE DRAGON, Why THE LONG NIGHT Didn’t Work

In the wake of Game of Thrones ending, HBO has been looking for the next big adventure set in the world of Westeros. The studio shot a pilot for a series based on The Long Night but ultimately passed on it, shortly thereafter announcing plans to make House of the Dragon, based on the Targaryen family 300 years before Daenerys. HBO President of Programming Casey Bloys talked about the spin-off decisions recently at a Television Critics Association event.

Bloys guessed that House of the Dragon will hit screens “sometime in 2022,” as writer Ryan Condal is currently writing under the guidance of George R.R. Martin. As far as Game of Thrones content goes, Bloys said that this show takes precedent:

“For me for right now, I think getting House of the Dragon on the air will be the number one priority. There are no other blinking green lights or anything like that. Sometime down the road who knows, but there are no immediate plans. We are all focusing on House of the Dragon.”

The HBO President also took some time to discuss Jane Goldman‘s The Long Night pilot and the network’s decision not to pick it up.

“I think Jane did a beautiful job, it was a big challenge but there was nothing that I would point to and say, ‘Oh, that one element did not work,’ just overall it did not quite gel.”

He also noted that there’s a point of reference for House of the Dragon— George R.R. Martin’s Fire and Blood— while The Long Night required much more imagination and didn’t have a confirmed multi-season narrative.

“One of the things I think Jane took on beautifully, which was a challenge, there was a lot more world creation because she set hers 8,000 years before the (mothership) show, so it required a lot more. That is a big swing. One of the things about House of Dragons, there is a text, there is a book so that made it a little bit more of a road map for a series order.”

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