Game of Thrones: House of the Dragon started production Monday and HBO announced the series release date. The network snapped a photo of the socially distanced table read, with Olivia Cook, Matt Smith, Emma D’Arcy, and Paddy Considine, among others. Now GoT fans are dying to know what will happen in Season 1!

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The show is a prequel to the critically acclaimed Game of Thrones, taking place 300 years before the Starks, the Targaryens, and the Lannisters all vie for the thrown of Westeros. The story is based on George R. R. Martin’s novel Fire & Blood, and will focus on the Targaryens, just before a bloody civil war ignites within the family.

Martin created the show in conjunction with showrunners Miguel Sapochnik and Ryan J. Condal, and is schedule to release in 2022 on HBO Max. The series is reported to be 10-episodes long, with GoT veteran Sapochnik directing the pilot, along with other episodes, and Greg Yaitanes, Clare Kilner, and Geeta V. Patel will direct, as well.

Former Doctor Who star Matt Smith is set to play Prince Daemon Targaryen, and his on-screen papa, the “warm, kind, and decent” King Viserys Targaryen will be played by Considine. Other cast members include Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, Steve Toussaint as The Sea Snake, Rhys Ifans as Otta Hightower, and Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower. Most of the leading cast was at the table read Monday, displayed in the House of the Dragon Twitter post.

The revival comes shortly after the 8-season Game of Thrones show, which ended on May 19, 2019. Though the show won 59 Emmy Awards, it finished with a divided fan base and a disappointing final season. Those responsible for the show’s wild success and underwhelming finale, David Benioff and D. B. Weiss are not a part of the prequel series.

House of the Dragon is the first of many Game of Thrones projects Martin and HBO have planned, including future TV productions for the HBO Max streaming service and even a Broadway debut. The show will debut in 2023 and feature events 10-years before the epic, 8-season TV series.