HBO greenlights Game of Thrones prequel The Hedge Knight

Season 8, episode 5 (debut 5/12/19): Marc Courtesy of HBO
Season 8, episode 5 (debut 5/12/19): Marc Courtesy of HBO /

Within days of the announcement that the second season of House of the Dragon has started filming and that Aegon’s Conquest was also likely on the development table, more good news emerged for fans of Game of Thrones. HBO has confirmed that it’s greenlit a prequel about Dunk and Egg with the series A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight.

Variety reported that the order for a straight-to-series proclamation was made at the press conference by Warner Bros. Discovery on April 12. It was at the same event that the company stated that HBO Max and Discovery+ would eventually be combined to form a streaming platform called Max.

Going back almost 100 years prior to the events on Game of Thrones, the story centers around the penniless hedge knight Ser Duncan the Tall, or Dunk, and his unlikely young squire Egg.

What is The Hedge Knight about?

As plenty of fighting tournaments are held by the ruling dynasty in Westeros, one noble-hearted, penniless knight tries his best to transcend his shabby armor and common name by actually living up to the code of a Westerosi knight.

Quoting from HBO’s press release, the series is “Set in an age when the Targaryen line still holds the Iron Throne and the memory of the last dragon has not yet passed from living memory, great destinies, powerful foes, and dangerous exploits all await these improbable and incomparable friends.”

As per Variety, sources have also confirmed that author George R.R. Martin has been tasked as writer and executive producer. You can almost hear the collective protest of fans who will now likely see the next novel in Martin’s book series A Song of Ice and Fire delayed once more.

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Lannister knights arrayed from A Game of Thrones, any poor hedge knight would be way less geared for war.
Season 8, episode 5 (debut 5/12/19): Marc Courtesy of HBO /

Also on the production team are Ira Parker, Ryan Condal, and Vince Gerardis, who will serve as executive producers. All three are also producers on the current spin-off House of the Dragon.

The Dunk and Egg series will be based on the three novellas written by Martin, released in 2015 as one book under the title A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.

It may have a ways to go but who’s on your wishlist to star as Ser Duncan the Tall in the new series?

Watch the first season of House of the Dragon on HBO.

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