The Hedge Knight: The Newest Addition To The GOT Universe

by | Apr 17, 2023

Another Game of Thrones Spinoff has been green-lit for the newly rebranded streaming service. | Image: Warner Bros. Discovery

The Game of Thrones universe is ready to tell yet another tale. At its rebranding event, HBO announced that it has officially ordered a long-rumored spinoff for the series.

  • Titled “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight,” the series is based on George RR Martin’s “Dunk and Egg” novellas – set a century before the events of Game of Thrones.
  • The series chronicles the tale of two heroes wandering Westeros — a young knight called “Dunk” (Ser Duncan the Tall, future Lord Commander of the Kingsguard) and his squire, “Egg” (the future king Aegon V Targaryen).
  • Official description: 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.”

This is the second addition that has officially been green-lit by HBO, following the success of last year’s House of the Dragon.

  • Averaging 29 million viewers per episode, House of the Dragon proved to be a fitting prequel to the original series — holding an approval rating of 93 percent on rotten tomatoes.
  • The series also went on to win the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series (Drama), beating out the likes of Better Call Saul and Severance.
  • Series creator George RR Martin has previously expressed his aspirations for the series, hoping to create something “akin to the Marvel or Star Wars model.”

What we know: The Hedge Knight will be written and executive produced by Martin and Ira Parker, with House of the Dragon co-creator and showrunner Ryan Condal also serving as executive producer.

  • The series’ release date still remains up in the air, as HBO did announce any details regarding its release window.
  • Martin intended to write seven to twelve novellas for the series, but plans for the series have changed since then — culminating in the HBO series.

HBO’s plans with Westeros don’t end just there, although most of its future is still under speculation.

  • A second season for House of the Dragon has already been confirmed, but we have no word of when the series will return. However, the series did begin production earlier this month.
  • Some of several other spinoffs under development are a sequel series focusing on Jon Snow, an untitled animated series, as well as a series about Aegon I Targaryen’s conquest of the seven kingdoms.

Yes, but: HBO has often pushed Game of Thrones, one of its premier series, to be developed into an entire universe, but has ended up putting several projects on the back burner — like what happed with the “Bloodmoon” prequel series.