Fans of George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy series, “A Song of Ice and Fire,” and the beloved HBO show, “Game of Thrones,” have reason to be excited as HBO has just announced the greenlight for a new prequel show based on the “Dunk and Egg” novellas, titled “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms – The Hedge Knight.” This highly anticipated series promises to explore the rich history of Westeros, delving into the events and characters that shaped the Seven Kingdoms we know today.
What Is It About?
The “Dunk and Egg” novellas, written by George R.R. Martin, are set in the same universe as “A Song of Ice and Fire,” but take place approximately 90 years before the events of the main series during the Reign of Maekar Targaryen (Mentioned in GOT). They follow the adventures of Ser Duncan the Tall, a young hedge knight with a sense of honor and duty, and his unlikely squire, Egg, who is revealed to be Aegon Targaryen, a prince in disguise. As Dunk and Egg journey through the Seven Kingdoms, they encounter various challenges and adversaries during the era when the realm was divided by the Blackfyre rebellions.
Characters To Look For
The Blackfyre Rebellion was a civil war that erupted in Westeros when a legitimatized Targaryen bastard, Daemon Blackfyre, challenged his half-brother, King Daeron II, for the throne. The Blackfyre Rebellion was a pivotal event in the history of Westeros and had far-reaching consequences for the realm. The prequel show, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms – The Hedge Knight,” is expected to be set after the first Blackfyre Rebellion. It will delve into the political intrigue, familial tensions, and battles that shaped the Seven Kingdoms during this turbulent time.
Another key character in the “Dunk and Egg” novellas is Brynden Rivers, the character we also know as Bloodraven. Bloodraven is a mysterious and powerful figure who served as the Hand of the King and eventually becomes the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. He is known for his wisdom, use of black magic and his skill in using ravens for communication. Bloodraven’s story is closely intertwined with Dunk and Egg’s journey, and his presence adds a layer of mystique and intrigue to the prequel show. Viewers will be eager to learn more about Bloodraven’s motives, powers, and his role in the larger narrative of Westeros.
The “Dunk and Egg” novellas also introduce a younger Maester Aemon,who as we know refuses the throne and eventually joins the Night’s Watch as a Maester. His relationship with his family, his struggles with duty and honor, and his unwavering commitment to the Night’s Watch make him a fascinating character that fans are eager to see portrayed on screen.
George R.R. Martin is supposed to write and produce the series. However, it’s not yet revealed how long the show will be.
How Will It End?
The ending of the prequel show, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms – The Hedge Knight,” is expected to culminate with the tragic events at Summerhall. Summerhall is a Targaryen castle where a great fire occurred, resulting in the death of King Aegon V, also known as Egg, and many other Targaryen royals, as well as the birth of Prince Rhaeghar Targaryen. The cause of the fire remains a mystery, and it has been a subject of speculation among fans for years. The show is anticipated to explore the events leading up to the fire at Summerhall, shedding light on this tragic event that had a significant impact on the Targaryen dynasty and the history of Westeros.