Tales of Dunk & Egg: New Game of Thrones Prequel Series in Development for HBO

HBO has greenlit a pilot based on the Game of Thrones prequel novellas, Tales of Dunk & Egg, meaning they would have more than one spin-off on air.
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HBO is looking to develop yet another Game of Thrones spin-off series. An adaption of Tales of Dunk & Egg, based on George R.R. Martin’s series of fantasy novellas, is in early development.

Soon after Game of Thrones had ended, HBO started working on possible spin-offs of the show to build upon the success of the franchise. The prequel series, “House of The Dragon” already has a straight-to-series order and is expected to debut in 2022. That show will document the story of House Targaryen as the build-up to the Targaryen civil war in Westeros that is known as the Dance of Dragons. Looks like the network is aiming to have multiple GoT franchise shows on the air.


As reported by Variety, a series adaptation of Tales of Dunk & Egg, a prequel to the events of Game of Thrones, is one of a handful of new prequel projects that are floating around at HBO. The hour-long show would be based on the series of fantasy novellas by George R. R. Martin. The project is in the very early stages of development, and no writer or talent has been attached yet. HBO is yet to confirm the news.

What is Tales Of Dunk & Egg?

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In the world of Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire on which Game of Thrones is based, the series would follow the adventures of Dunk (Ser Duncan the Tall) and young Egg (the future king Aegon V. Targaryen). It is set some 90-years before the events of “A Song of Ice and Fire“, according to some sources close to the project.

If this project goes to series, it will be the second prequel to receive a green light after “House of the Dragon”. Also, just because the series is in development does not necessarily mean it will move forward. Another GoT prequel written by Jane Goldman, which went to pilot starring Naomi Watts, was not picked up to series back in 2019. They were among half a dozen different prequel projects that were developed at HBO. Except for House of the Dragon and now possibly Tales of Dunk & Egg, the others from that batch did not go forward.

Fans have been hoping for a “Tales of Dunk and Egg” series for some time now. There were hopes that when HBO announced several GoT spinoffs were in the works back in 2017 that the novellas would be among the contenders for a pickup, but Martin later dismissed that there were any plans to adapt the books at that time. Looks like now the possibility of multiple spin-offs based on the novellas and prequel stories is imminent.

Martin has published three novellas in the “Tales of Dunk and Egg” series— “The Hedge Knight” in 1998, “The Sworn Sword” in 2003, and “The Mystery Knight” in 2010. The three novellas were then collected and published together as “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” on October 6, 2015.

Of course, there is not enough material in those three short stories to make up an entire series. But the ASoIaF books certainly have an abundance of legends about that time to choose from and use to add to the lore of the new series.

Are you interested in a Tales of Dunk & Egg spin-off series? Have you read Martin’s novellas? What other Game of Thrones stories do you want to see get picked for a series? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on our social media and be sure to come back to The Illuminerdi for more TV news.