George R.R. Martin Praises House Of The Dragon For Adding "Good Stuff" To His Work

Ryan Condal, the showrunner of the Game of Thrones prequel, also reveals what fans can expect from the upcoming season.


As Game of Thrones prequel series House of Dragon Season 2 enters pre-production, the cast, crew, and author George R.R. Martin reunited in Los Angeles for a screening, also sharing a few details about what's likely ahead for the show. The Hollywood Reporter was first to report.

The biggest detail that showrunner Ryan Condal announced is that viewers will meet five new dragons in the upcoming season, which is set to start filming in 2023.

Martin spoke highly of Condal's adaptation of his novel "Fire & Blood," which serves as the basis for the show, saying that the writers had done a "marvelous job" filling in the material that wasn't covered in the outline.

"This guy [Condal] has an amazing writing staff. Because if you read my book 'Fire & Blood,' which you should, it's a fake history," Martin told the crowd. "So there's a lot of the details that are in this that are absolutely wonderful and moving that are not in the book. They added stuff, and they added good stuff, which is important."

House of the Dragon cast members discussed their experiences filming the first season of the show, including Paddy Considine, who played King Viserys/Targaryen, and the challenges of portraying the same character at different ages, as Olivia Cooke and Emily Carey did with Alicent Hightower. The discussion ended with the cast reminiscing about their favorite moments on set, including playing pranks on each other.

Martin also expressed his delight at seeing his "strange, disturbing visions" brought to life on the screen. Martin is currently working on the final books in the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series, and fans are eagerly anticipating their release.

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