Warner Bros. Discovery this week introduced its newly enhanced steaming service, Max, which will be the relaunched version of HBO Max, hitting digital devices later next month. Along with the plans for Max, WBD officially confirmed a series order for a new live-action drama series prequel, for Game of Thrones. The new series is currently titled A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight. This new prequel drama series will explore the tales of the knight Dunk and his squire Egg.
HBO Max also revealed the following quick teaser announcement, revealing the title and logo for the series:
A century before @GameofThrones, there was Ser Duncan the Tall and his squire, Egg.— HBO Max (@hbomax) April 12, 2023
Executive produced by George R. R. Martin, Ira Parker, Ryan Condal, and Vince Gerardis, A Knight of the #SevenKingdoms: The Hedge Knight has received a straight to series order. #StreamOnMax pic.twitter.com/MRPUke5Upt
GAME OF THRONES PREQUEL A KNIGHT OF THE SEVEN KINGDOMS: THE HEDGE KNIGHT GETS A SERIES ORDER FROM HBO
The new prequel series will be written and executive produced by original author George R.R. Martin and Ira Parker. Ryan Condal (House of the Dragon, Rampage, Hercules) and Vince Gerardis (Game of Thrones, House of the Dragon) will also serve as executive producers for the show. The new series will be set a century before the events of Game of Thrones.
According to the show’s official logline, the story follows two unlikely heroes who once wandered the land of Westeros, a young, naive but courageous knight, Ser Duncan the Tall (aka Dunk), and his diminutive squire Egg. The story is set in a time 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 highly improbable, yet incomparable, friends.
HBO had reportedly been developing multiple spinoffs for Game of Thrones after the show ended following its eighth and final season in 2019. One of the reported shows in development is a Jon Snow sequel series that would see Kit Harington return to the role of Jon Snow and pick up after the events of the end of the series, showing Jon rejoin his Wildling friends and faithful dire wolf Ghost beyond the wall.
The first Game of Thrones spinoff that HBO ordered was the prequel series, House of the Dragon. Much like its predecessor, the series was a smashing success, and its second season is already in the works.
Of course, reports of HBO developing a spinoff based on Tales of Dunk & Egg have been circulating for a while. However, it had never been confirmed or officially announced by HBO until now. The stories of Dunk and Egg come from three novellas written by Martin: The Hedge Knight published in 1998; The Sworn Sword published in 2003; and The Mystery Knight published in 2010. In 2015, all three novellas were collected together for A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, released on October 6, 2015.
So it looks like the series title combined the titles of the full collection, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, plus the original novella, The Hedge Knight, for the purposes of the prequel series.
The Hedge Knight has just received its series order, so the show could still be a ways off. It does not yet have an official premiere date. However, it will debut on HBO later on. It remains to be seen if the other multiple Game of Thrones spinoffs in development will see the light of day.
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