George R. R. Martin has weighed in on the House of the Dragon’s early footage

“It seems like fans are in for a treat,” Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin said after seeing early video from HBO’s House of Dragons.

According to Martin, “I’ve seen some rough edits of a few [episodes], and I’m in love with them.” He also confirmed that production has ended on “all 10 episodes” of the new fantasy series in a recent blog post.

We still have a long way to go, of course. There is a lot to like about the scripts as well as the direction and the performances,” Martin said. We hope you enjoy the episodes as much as we did in creating them.

Martin’s 2018 book Fire and Blood will serve as the basis for House of Dragon, a prequel to Game of Thrones that takes set 200 years previous to the events depicted therein. With a large ensemble cast that includes Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Paddy Considine, and Rhys Ifans, as well as Martin serving as executive producer, this is sure to be a hit series.

While a frightening teaser trailer released in October of last year gave fans their first real look at the programme, HBO has yet to announce an official premiere date for House of the Dragon in 2022.

Martin doesn’t appear to have any new insights on the subject either. “So when will you get to see it, you ask?” was written in the same blog article. What time will the dragons do their dance? I wish I could explain to you. There is still a lot of work to be done, and Covid makes it tough to plan. Is spring coming up soon? Unlikely. Possibly in the spring? It might be. Fall? We don’t know. We’ll let you know when we get there.”

“Special effects, colour timing, soundtrack [and] all the post production work,” Martin explains, “so House of the Dragon won’t come until the first half of 2022 at the earliest..”

However, now that shooting has concluded, the programme is no longer bound by the same pandemic-induced production hurdles, thus these final touches may be accomplished in months rather than years.

HBO Max is taking a huge risk.

According to our previous analysis on HBO Max’s successful 2021, we also expressed concern about whether the streamer will be able to continue its momentum in 2022.

Movies like Dune and The Matrix Resurrections were made accessible on the streaming service on the same day they were released in theatres, which has been a major factor in its recent popularity.

As of 2022 the approach won’t be repeated by WarnerMedia thus HBO Max will have to compete with Netflix and Disney Plus with industry-leading original content.

Euphoria season 2, Succession season 4, and The Last of Us TV show all seem to be poised to add still more members to HBO Max, but House of the Dragon in particular may have to do most of the streaming service’s heavy lifting in 2022, according to the early indications of HBO’s programming.

That the creator of the most popular television series in history, George R. R. Martin, has given the programme a thumbs-up is encouraging. Until later this year, it will be impossible to tell whether House of the Dragon will be as successful as Game of Thrones was.