Fans looking for more content from George R.R. Martin might find relief in the upcoming Game of Thrones spin-off series inspired by the beloved Dunk & Egg novellas. In a recent blog post, the creator of the renowned fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire (which was adapted into Game of Thrones for television), shared exciting updates about The Hedge Knight.

George R.R. Martin
George R.R. Martin (Image via Wikimedia Commons | Gage Skidmore)

The series isn’t directly based on anything specific, but it fits within the already established world of A Song of Ice and Fire. It takes place roughly 90 years before the events of the main series.

Good News for Dunk & Egg Fans

The Hedge Knight
The Hedge Knight (Credits: HBO)

According to George R.R. Martin‘s blog, Not a Blog, casting for the prequel series, titled The Hedge Knight, is moving forward smoothly. Fans can expect to see actors portraying a range of characters.

Martin reports that casting is nearly complete, with roles like Tanselle, Steely Pate, and Prince Maekar are filled already. Moreover, he stated that Dexter Sol Ansell is all set to play the role of Aegon Targaryen (Egg). He is an intelligent prince, who pretends to be a regular helper for Ser Duncan the Tall, instead of revealing his true identity as a prince.

Dexter Sol Ansell (Egg) getting his head shaved ahead of Dunk and Egg filming!
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The 75-year-old author is excited about the casting process and praised the success of the first table read (where actors read the script together for the first time). With a positive start and casting almost complete, it seems like filming for The Hedge Knight might begin sooner than expected!

Two Westeros Fan-Favorite Tales Could Get TV Adaptations 

The Tales of Dunk and Egg (Credits: Jet City Comics | Bantam)
The Tales of Dunk and Egg (Credits: Jet City Comics | Bantam)

The Hedge Knight will be much shorter than Game of Thrones or House of the Dragon. The tone will be different, but danger is still present in Westeros. The show will have six episodes, with director Owen Harris helming three of them. Harris is known for directing the acclaimed Black Mirror episode San Junipero.

If The Hedge Knight is successful, the series might be extended to adapt the following novellas, The Sworn Sword and The Mystery Knight. Martin himself plans to write more Dunk & Egg stories after he finishes his current novel, The Winds of Winter. He wrote in his blog:

The show will make its debut next year… and if it does well, THE SWORN SWORD and THE MYSTERY KNIGHT will follow.  By which time I hope to have finished some more Dunk & Egg stories (yes, after I finish THE WINDS OF WINTER).

The Hedge Knight is expected to premiere in late 2025 on Max.

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