HBO’s Game of Thrones universe is expanding once again. Following the success of ‘House of the Dragon,’ a new spinoff titled ‘A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight’ is gearing up to start filming in 2024. This news comes straight from HBO’s Casey Bloys. While it was initially expected to begin production earlier, the team is still working on casting and writing.
The new series dives into George R. R. Martin’s ‘Tales of Dunk and Egg‘, set about a century before the events of Game of Thrones. It will explore the adventures of Ser Duncan the Tall and his squire, Egg. The show plans to adapt the three novellas: ‘The Hedge Knight’, ‘The Sworn Sword’, and ‘The Mystery Knight’. HBO’s Francesca Orsi mentioned that the show’s lack of dragons means quicker production, thanks to fewer visual effects.
HBO has big plans for this series. They’re aiming for a three-season run, each season adapting one of Martin’s novellas. George R. R. Martin is on board as an executive producer, along with Ira Parker, Ryan Condal, and Vince Gerardis. Ira Parker, who has created and will run the show, is also set to write the first episode.
The journey of ‘A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight’ has been a long one. Discussions for a Dunk and Egg adaptation started way back in 2013. Initially, HBO chose to focus on ‘House of the Dragon’ over ‘Dunk and Egg.’ But, with ‘House of the Dragon’ now a hit, HBO is ready to bring Dunk and Egg’s story to the screen.
Casting for the series began in late 2023. The team is looking for a young actor to play Egg and a tall, strong actor for Ser Duncan. These roles are key, as the characters’ unique bond is central to the story. The series sets its timeline 89 years before Game of Thrones and 77 years after ‘House of the Dragon’s’ first season finale.
Fans of Game of Thrones have a lot to look forward to. ‘A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight’ promises to add a fresh, intimate chapter to the beloved world of Westeros. Keep an eye out for more updates as this exciting project progresses.
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