Send in the hedge knights and squires! As exclusively reported by Variety, Game of Thrones prequel Tales of Dunk and Egg is in early stages of development at HBO. The new series is based on a slew of three novellas by author George R.R. Martin.
Now, the aforementioned novellas focus on the adventures of hedge knight Ser Duncan the Tall a.k.a. “Dunk” and his squire known as “Egg.” Egg is actually a young Aegon V Targaryen, future King of Westeros. Martin has released the following titles in Tales of Dunk and Egg: The Hedge Knight (1998), The Sworn Sword (2003) and The Mystery Knight (2010). In 2015, all three novellas were combined and published as A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.
Tales of Dunk and Egg will take place 90 years prior to the events in Game of Thrones. According to Variety, no writers or actors are attached to the burgeoning project. However, HBO considers Tales of Dunk and Egg to be a high priority as they continue to build on the massive success of Game of Thrones.
HBO has another iron in the fire regarding the A Song of Ice and Fire universe. Prequel series House of the Dragon, which stars Paddy Considine, Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke and Emma D’Arcy, is currently in the works. It’ll document the years leading up to the Dance of Dragons, a historical and crucial Targaryen civil war in the Game of Thrones mythos.
Apparently, fans have been calling for a Tales of Dunk and Egg series for quite some time. However, Martin initially insisted that the novellas wouldn’t be adapted for television. But times change, as do decisions. It’s also important to note that not everything that’s “in development” will see a small screen debut. Back in 2019, a Naomi Watts-led Game of Thrones prequel was nixed by HBO.
I, for one, am elated to see Tales of Dunk and Egg get the televised treatment. As long as a certain pair of showrunners who shall not be named aren’t involved, I’m happy. Martin is an exemplary writer who created a beautifully intricate history for Game of Thrones. Tales of Dunk and Egg is part of that history. Time to start casting Dunk and Egg in my mind!
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