The Hedge Knight: New GoT Prequel Will Have ‘A Much Different Tone’

The Game of Thrones spin-off titled A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight will be notably different from its predecessors according to author George R.R. Martin.

Game of Thrones aired on HBO from 2011, concluding in 2019 after eight seasons. The first spin-off, House of the Dragon, premiered in 2022, with its second season set to start on June 16, 2024.

Writing on his website on May 21, 2024, Martin detailed the progress of The Hedge Knight. In addition to Dexter Sol Ansell and Peter Claffey portraying the leads, more casting news is expected soon. Martin emphasized the series’ difference in length and tone from both Game of Thrones and House of the Dragon, while still maintaining a sense of danger.

The Hedge Knight will be a lot shorter than Game of Thrones or House of the Dragon, with a much different tone… but it’s still Westeros, so no one is truly safe. Ira Parker and his team are doing a great job.

Martin also noted that three episodes of A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight will be directed by Owen Harris, known for his work on the highly-praised episode of Black Mirror, ‘San Junipero’. Martin called it Harris’s “all-time favorite episode” of the series.

Oh, and we have our director as well: Owen Harris, a terrific British director whose credits include helming “San Junipero”, my all-time favorite episode of Black Mirror. Owen will direct three of our six episodes.

The Hedge Knight Takes Place a Century Before Game of Thrones

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight will debut in 2025 as the second spin-off from Game of Thrones, following House of the Dragon. Earlier announcements mentioned additional projects, including the prequel series Bloodmoon and another untitled series following Jon Snow. However, HBO did not proceed with Bloodmoon and announced the cancellation of the Jon Snow spin-off earlier this year.

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While House of the Dragon is set approximately 200 years before Game of Thrones, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight is set a century before the main series.

A century before the events of Game of Thrones, two unlikely heroes wandered Westeros… a young, naïve but courageous knight, Ser Duncan the Tall (Claffey), and his diminutive squire, Egg (Ansell). Set in an age 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 improbable and incomparable friends.

Wrapping Up

As of now, there is no official release date for A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight. However, with principal photography set to begin next month, more updates will follow as filming progresses.

Game of Thrones and House of the Dragon are available for streaming on Max. You can watch the Season 2 trailer for House of the Dragon below:

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