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The official Game of Thrones Twitter account got us all hot under the collar this afternoon when it teased some big news was coming, posting a bunch of fire emojis.
HBO then tweeted: "Not sure what all this fire is about, but I'm going in."
HBO Max also joined in, writing: "Adding fuel to the fire."
The Game of Thrones account then shared a photo of what looks like a socially-distanced table-read, saying: "Fire will reign. #HouseoftheDragon is officially in production."
Fire will reign :fire:#HouseoftheDragon is officially in production. Follow @HouseofDragon for all updates. pic.twitter.com/lc3dhIcm5u
- :fire: Game of Thrones :fire: (@GameOfThrones) April 26, 2021
The tweet also urged fans hungry for more updates to follow the @HouseofDragon Twitter account, which added in its own tweet: "Coming soon to @HBOMax in 2022."
Excitingly for GoT stand, the account then started sharing photos of the cast reading through the scripts, including Emma D'Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, Steve Toussaint as The Sea Snake and Paddy Considine as King Viserys Targaryen.
Paddy Considine as King Viserys Targaryen.
The @HBO original series #HouseoftheDragon is officially in production and coming to @HBOMax in 2022. pic.twitter.com/ZtS8zpkfS1
- House of the Dragon (@HouseofDragon) April 26, 2021
Based on George R.R. Martin's 2018 book Fire and Blood, the eagerly-anticipated project will be set 300 years before the events in Game of Thrones took place.
Over the course of 10 episodes, it will tell the story of the House of Targaryen - the house that produced Mother of Dragons, Daenerys Targaryen.
Miguel Sapochnik has already been confirmed as director - which bodes very well indeed, as he was the one who brought us 'Battle of the B******s', 'Hardhome' and 'The Long Night', which just so happened to be some of Game of Thrones' biggest episodes during its eight-season run.
Casey Bloys, President of Programming at HBO, previously said in a statement: "The Game of Thrones universe is so rich with stories.
"We look forward to exploring the origins of House Targaryen and the earlier days of Westeros along with Miguel, Ryan [co-creator Ryan Condal] and George."
Announcing Considine's involvement in the project, HBO said of his character: "Paddy Considine (HBO's The Third Day and The Outsider) will be playing King Viserys Targaryen. Viserys was chosen by the lords of Westeros to succeed the Old King, Jaehaerys Targaryen, at the Great Council at Harrenhal.
"A warm, kind, and decent man, Viserys only wishes to carry forward his grandfather's legacy, but as we've learned from Game of Thrones, good men do not necessarily make for great kings."
House of the Dragon hits HBO Max in 2022.
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