Game Of Thrones Finally Cast Two Fan-Favorite Characters

By Douglas Helm | Published

The latest Game of Thrones spin-off, Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight,  finally announced who will play the lead roles. Peter Claffey (Vikings: Valhalla) and Dexter Sol Ansell (The Hunger Games: The Ball of Songbirds and Snakes) will be playing Ser Duncan the Tall and his squire Egg, aka Dunk and Egg, respectively. The series is written and executive produced by creator George R.R. Martin alongside Ira Parker.

Peter Claffey Cast As Ser Duncan The Tall

Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight is a prequel to Game of Thrones, set a century before the events of that series. According to the logline for the series, viewers will follow the naive but courageous Ser Duncan the Tall and his squire Egg during an age when the Targaryens still hold the Iron Throne. Ryan Condal, Vince Gerardis, Owen Harris and Sarah Bradshaw also executive produce the series.

Not Your Average Game Of Thrones Story

Unlike previous Game of Thrones projects, Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight will be a bit of a lighter tale than we’re used to from the franchise. While the series can often be violent and dour, the comedic elements can also shine through. This smaller, more lighthearted series might be a nice change of pace for fans. 

House of the Dragon Has Already Established Itself As A Successfull Spinoff

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While the widely reviled and rushed finale to the flagship HBO Game of Thrones series still hasn’t completely dissipated from memory, the first prequel series House of the Dragon brought many back into the fold, earning critical acclaim and tens of millions of viewers per episode. Spurned by the success of that series, Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight was put into active development.

While there are other Game of Thrones projects in the works, Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight is the next new one we should see with an expected release date of 2025. In the meantime, fans of the franchise can look forward to Season 2 of House of the Dragon much sooner. That season is set to debut this summer, with the season premiere releasing on June 16.

George R.R. Martin’s Dunk & Egg

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House of the Dragon draws inspiration from George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood, which tells the history of the Targaryen dynasty, but Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight is a more direct adaptation of Martin’s Dunk & Egg novella series, which includes The Hedge Knight, The Sworn Sword, and The Mystery Knight. Martin has mentioned that the show is set to be a faithful adaptation, so fans of the novellas can look forward to them being brought to life on the TV screen.

Plenty More Game Of Thrones Spinoffs In The Works

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Other Game of Thrones projects that are reportedly still in development include a Jon Snow sequel series starring Kit Harrington and an animated series titled 9 Voyages that reportedly will follow Corlys Velaryon, a.k.a. the Sea Snake from House of the Dragon. Of course, the wait for these shows will likely be nothing like the wait for George R.R. Martin to finish the original A Song of Ice & Fire book series. The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring are said to wrap up the series and be different from the ending of the show, but we’ll probably get about ten more spin-off TV shows before then.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter