On the heels of House of Dragon’s record-shattering debut, HBO is charging full steam ahead on expanding the Game of Thrones universe. The latest project now confirmed to be in active development is none other than ‘Aegon’s Conquest,’ a prequel series chronicling the founding of Westeros at the hands of the ruthless Aegon Targaryen.
Brought on board to lead the writing is Mattson Tomlin, who recently co-wrote the screenplay for the highly anticipated The Batman sequel. His hiring signals HBO’s intent on capturing the same gritty, grounded tone that made The Batman a smash hit.
Fans of George R.R. Martin’s novels will be well familiar with Aegon’s Conquest as the pivotal event that set in motion the Game of Thrones saga centuries down the line. Having sailed from Dragonstone with his two sister-wives and a modest army, Aegon proceeded to wage a shockingly successful campaign to subjugate all the kingdoms of Westeros (save Dorne) under his rule within two short years.
Of course, having three massive dragons at his disposal didn’t hurt Aegon’s chances. HBO promises plenty of fiery dragon action as viewers witness the Targaryens raining down death and destruction to force the Westerosi kings into surrender.
Focusing heavily on conquest and battle, ‘Aegon’s Conquest’ is described as a back-to-basics approach more akin to Game of Thrones than the complex political maneuvering of House of Dragon.
While a release timeframe is still speculative, the greenlighting of this prequel series demonstrates HBO’s undisputed confidence in the enduring appeal of Game of Thrones. As the franchise expands, the visual splendor and intricately woven plots that captivated millions remain an integral part of this fantasy phenomenon.