• HBO announced that it will air a “Game of Thrones” prequel spinoff series.
  • Called “House of the Dragon,” the new show will take place 300 years before the events in GOT.
  • As the title suggests, it will focus on the House of Targaryens.

Five months since the award-winning series “Game of Thrones” came to a close, HBO announced on October 29, Tuesday, that they have ordered a prequel spinoff series called "House of the Dragon". 

According to the network’s programming chief Casey Bloys, the 10-episode series will take place 300 years prior to the events that transpired in the well-followed show. It will also focus on the House of Targaryens, as the title suggests.

Hyped up about this GOT spinoff? Here are five things we know so far.

1. It is based on George R.R. Martin’s “Fire and Blood”

Published in 2018, “Fire and Blood” is a spinoff from the original “Game of Thrones” book. It spans different generations, starting with Aegon I arriving in Westeros and unifying six of its seven kingdoms. The character of Aegon I is also credited for some of the most important happenings in GOT -- including the forging of the Iron Throne and the founding of King’s Landing.

2. Miguel Sapochnik will be the director of the pilot episode

Back in September, Miguel took an Emmy home for directing the now-classic “Battle of the Bastards” episode of GOT. The frequent GOT director is back to helm the pilot show of “House of the Dragon,” as well as several other episodes. 

Miguel, together with George, is set to sit as the series’ executive producers.

Game of Thrones Season 8 Cast & crew of 'Game of Thrones', winners of Best Drama Series, pose in the press room during the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Season 8 is set to premiere on April 14. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

3. The series’ executive producers also include Ryan Condal and Vince Gerardis

Apart from the abovementioned, Vince Gerardis -- who also co-executive produced GOT -- is also taking on some showrunner duties for the hotly-anticipated spinoff series. The three will be joined by Ryan Condal, who serves as the upcoming series’ chief writer. Ryan is known for creating the sci-fi series, “Colony.”

4. The spinoff’s announcement was made during an HBO Max event

Casey made the announcement about “House of the Dragon” during an event for HBO’s streaming service, HBO Max. While he confirmed that the app is slated for launch in May 2020, the premiere date for the GOT spinoff is still unknown. 

5. It serves as the first official spinoff series of “Game of Thrones”

“House of the Dragon” is the first official follow-up to the critically and commercially acclaimed series. 

Prior to this, HBO announced that they are not pushing forward with another GOT prequel, which was supposed to star Naomi Watts. According to Casey, the canceled show has “vague references to build on” as opposed to “House of the Dragon,” which has a more established backbone.