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Why the First Game of Thrones Spinoff Was Almost Like The Mandalorian


Condal ultimately broke into the leisure business and was capable of meet with Martin himself whereas capturing his first tv pilot close to Santa Fe, which is the place Martin has lived for many of his life. The two struck up a friendship through the years and that’s why when HBO determined to hunt out pitches for Game of Thrones spinoffs, Condal was invited to share his concept. The concept he had, nonetheless, wasn’t fairly to HBO’s liking on the time. 

“I talked loads about [Tales of] Dunk and Egg and the way I used to be actually impressed by it,” Condal says. “I assumed it was an important change of tempo, as a result of it’s this a lot smaller story on this enormous canvas. I imply, it’d be like doing The Mandalorian versus a large $250 million Star Wars movie. I believe they have been extra inquisitive about doing one thing a lot, a lot completely different at that time and actually far afield.”

Tales of Dunk and Egg is a series of A Song of Ice and Fire prequel stories written by Martin in-between most important volumes of “A Song of Ice and Fire,” upon which Game of Thrones is predicated. The Tales include three novellas known as The Hedge Knight, The Sworn Sword, and The Mystery Knight, with a minimum of 4 different novellas deliberate. The tales comply with the adventures of a younger squire named “Egg” and his trusty hedge knight companion Ser Duncan The Tall (Dunk) as they journey round Westeros some 90 years earlier than the occasions of the principle novels. 

Condal’s comparability to The Mandalorian is apt because the novellas’ focus is proscribed to Dunk and Egg themselves somewhat than Thrones’ monumental pool of characters, similar to The Mandalorian follows the titular Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal, additionally of Game of Thrones) somewhat than the remainder of the Star Wars galaxy’s movers and shakers. While each Tales of Dunk and Egg and The Mandalorian are involved with the day-to-day actuality of their world’s “road stage” characters, each do additionally incorporate some main gamers. 

Alas, HBO was not taken by Condal’s Dunk and Egg pitch again within the mid-2010s, most likely in no small half as a consequence of the truth that, on the time Condal delivered it, The Mandalorian had not premiered on Disney+ but and had due to this fact not but confirmed the “smaller franchise story on TV” path to be viable. Ultimately, Bloodmoon a.ok.a. “The Long Night” was introduced as the primary Game of Thrones prequel. Once that ambitious undertaking was canceled, HBO introduced a bevy of recent tasks, together with the one that might ultimately turn into the primary to make it to sequence in House of the Dragon.

Ironically, HBO ultimately noticed the sunshine of Condal’s Dunk and Egg imaginative and prescient. On Jan. 21, 2021, Variety reported that HBO was growing a TV adaptation of Martin’s three Tales of Dunk and Egg novellas. In March of 2022, Martin confirmed the present was in improvement with Steve Conrad (Patriot) writing and the primary season set to cowl the occasions of The Hedge Knight

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