HBO has announced that production is moving forward on a new Game Of Thrones prequel spin-off, titled A Knight Of The Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight.
Based on George R.R. Martin’s Dunk and Egg novellas, the series is set 90 years before the events of Game Of Thrones and follows the adventures of Ser Duncan the Tall (Dunk) and a young Aegon V Targaryen (Egg).
A synopsis for the series (via Variety) reads: “A century before the events of Game Of Thrones, two unlikely heroes wandered Westeros… a young naive but courageous knight, Ser Duncan the Tall, and his diminutive squire, Egg.
“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.”
A century before Game of Thrones, there was Ser Duncan the Tall and his squire, Egg.
Executive produced by George R. R. Martin, Ira Parker, Ryan Condal, and Vince Gerardis, A Knight of the #SevenKingdoms: The Hedge Knight has received a straight to series order. pic.twitter.com/kcB5Ynuonn
— HBO (@HBO_UK) April 13, 2023
Martin will write and executive produce the series, alongside Game Of Thrones and House Of The Dragon veterans Ira Parker, Ryan Condal and Vince Gerardis.
While some are excited to see a lighter side of Westeros, others are concerned the potential tone switch might not appeal to fans of Game Of Thrones or House Of The Dragon.
“Tbh I think the Dunk and Egg series will flop,” one user wrote. “It doesn’t have dragons, it barely has any magical or political element, I don’t think the knights stuff is enough for the audience to be as excited as they are about GOT or HOTD.”
Another wrote: “Me and the other 3 Dunk and Egg stans celebrating the news.”
You can check out more reactions below.
tbh i think the dunk and egg series will flop… it doesn’t have dragons, it barely has any magical or political element, i don’t think the knights stuff is enough for the audience to be as excited as they are about got or hotd 😬
— child of three. (@shieraseastar_) April 12, 2023
me and the other 3 dunk and egg stans celebrating the news https://t.co/mp6Ix25Pox pic.twitter.com/u8FnyHWEi8
— rhaenyra targaryen’s lawyer (@Targ_Nation) April 12, 2023
All in on this. Dunk and egg are an elite Westerosi pairing. Add that with prime bloodraven plus finally acknowledging the blackfyres. It almost makes up for the fact the winds is never coming out https://t.co/haW2syLyxt
— Nerd Soup Aaron (@nerdsoupmonkey) April 12, 2023
George is writing the new dunk and egg show…. we’re never getting Winds of Winter pic.twitter.com/ATh4bSfFgl
— esme (@killbiill) April 12, 2023
Good news for fans of Westeros. The Hedge Knight/Knight of the Seven Kingdoms/Dunk and Egg stories are really cool.
The novellas are a refreshing read in relation to ASOIAF, since I find Dunk’s particular perspective refreshing. https://t.co/HIvsvRR0uc
— Pat Sponaugle 🐀 (@patman23) April 12, 2023
the Dunk and Egg stories are so good. more of your knight in shining armor type medieval fantasy than GOT or HOTD, kinda sappy adventure tales but with a little of GRRM’s usual violent tragedy sprinkled in https://t.co/kW5QkUZn4t
— Simon Girthy (@daggerandpen) April 12, 2023
A smart move. The Dunk and Egg stories are fun and lighter fare than GOT. I hope they preserve that and not try to make it edgier. https://t.co/OM6ZWjJzbX
— Brandon David Wilson (@Geniusbastard) April 12, 2023
but honestly speaking i think that dunk and egg show is gonna flop pic.twitter.com/AENqcpAD7T
— venus; book!shiera funeral (@luxurylalisa) April 12, 2023
Martin has published three novellas in the Dunk and Egg series: The Hedge Knight in 1998, The Sworn Sword in 2003 and 2010’s The Mystery Knight.
This will be the second Game Of Thrones prequel series following House Of The Dragon, which charts the war of succession within House Targaryen. The show was renewed for a second season last year, which is currently in production.