Game Of Thrones Next Spin-Off Is A Dunk And Egg Prequel Series  

A new Game of Thrones spin-off will be a prequel titled A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight. 

By Lyndon Nicholas | Published

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After the success of last summer’s Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon, many fans are eager for more stories in George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire universe. A recent announcement should be a song for fans’ ears. According to an article from Hollywood Reporter, HBO just gave the thumbs up to a Game of Thrones spinoff series titled A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight. 

The series is set to center two wandering heroes of Westeros, the knight Ser Duncan the Tall and his young squire Egg. Although at this point in the timeline, dragons are no longer commonplace throughout the kingdom, The series will involve the Targaryen bloodline as they still are in control of the Iron Throne. The young knight and his squire will navigate a Westeros filled with intrigue and adventure on the cusp of political upheaval.

Excitingly, George R.R. Martin himself is on board as a series writer and executive producer for the Game of Thrones prequel. He’ll be writing with House of the Dragon producer Ira Parker, while House of the Dragon showrunner Ryan Condal will executive produce alongside Vince Gerardis. The news should get fans more excited for the upcoming season two of House of the Dragon.

After the recent success of the television series The Mandalorian and HBO’s own The Last of Us, the “Wolf and Cub” genre is seeing an explosion in popularity, and this may be the Game of Thrones franchise’s way of capitalizing on this trend. The genre usually consists of an older protector figure charged with a mission to protect a younger disciple. 

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The Game of Thrones spinoff series will use the pair of Dunk and Egg to explore corners of Westeros that might not have been shown as of yet. Viewers could also see a shift from the grand, war epic storytelling that fans are used to in favor of a possibly more intimate focus on the two characters as they get into adventure and hi-jinx. 

The series will draw from George R.R. Martin’s novella series A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, which consists of the novellas The Hedge Knight, The Sworn Sword, and The Mystery Knight. Based on the title, the series will presumably focus on the first novella of the series, which is set in the world of his Song of Ice and Fire novels. If this is the case, then there are a number of very compelling reasons for viewers to tune into the show.

With just about a century between the beginning of the prequel novellas and the events of the original Game of Thrones series, the spinoff is far enough removed so that it will have its own distinct storyline, but there are still a number of connections between the upcoming series and the original series. Although hidden by the title, “Egg” is the alias for Aegon Targaryen, and so the series will presumably chronicle some of the coming-of-age journey for the future Targaryen king.

Aegon is the younger brother of Aemon Targaryen, who fans may recognize from his appearance in Game of Thrones. By the time of the original television series, Aemon has renounced his Targaryen bloodline and is serving as the maester at Castle Black in service of the Night’s Watch.

The series may have a much greater influence on the events of the original series than the title belies, as many of the events that occur will undoubtedly directly or indirectly lead into the events of the original Game of Thrones series. For fans of the series who felt House of the Dragon was a bit too far removed, this might be the series that they’ve been waiting for.