It's been over 2 years since that opinion-dividing finale and it's safe to say that fans are feeling the effects of that Game of Thrones-shaped hole in their lives. While the flagship series may have officially closed its doors, it looks like HBO have a lot more up their sleeves when it comes to the beloved fantasy franchise, with several different Game of Thrones related shows in the pipeline, including a long-anticipated prequel series based on the companion novel "Fire & Blood."

And now it's been confirmed the show has finally started production. Here are all the details...

Fans have had a lot to say about the latest update.


Game of Thrones officially closed its doors in May 2019.

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The popular fantasy series had a successful decade-long run, wrapping up after 8 seasons.

Set in the fictional world of Westeros, the show centers on the battle for the crown.

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Following the death of Robert Baratheon, the show depicts a deadly game of control over the 7 Kingdoms of Westeros that ensues.

It garnered a dedicated fan base.

Many of which had been watching for 10 long years (a pretty huge commitment) and had grown attachments to the long list of characters.

The final episode aired on the 19th May.

But it opened to a bitterly disappointing reception, with many fans complaining that the events that unfolded in the final series were rushed, as well as criticisms surrounding the deaths and survivals of certain major characters, as well as the eventual ruler of Westeros.

And fans' grievance towards the finale showed in the ratings...

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The finale received the lowest ratings in the show's history, picking up a dire overall rating of 4.2 out of 10 – compared to other episodes in the final series, which have earned respectable 8s and 9s.

Many took to Twitter to express their outrage.

Fans were left feeling sold short by the finale, which isn't entirely surprising... after all, having had the show in our lives for a decade, it's not exactly ambitious to think that fans would get a little more than they actually got when it aired for a final time.

Despite feeling let down by the way it ended, there's no doubt that fans were sad to see the fantasy series go.

Saying goodbye to your favorite series is hard, especially when it means coming to terms with never being able to see the characters again.

HBO clearly picked up on this.

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With many fans left with a Game of Thrones void in their lives, it was inevitable that HBO would pay attention and take action.

They promptly announced that more Game of Thrones content would be heading our way.

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Those feeling disheartened needn't worry as there have been several spin-offs of the show announced since it closed its doors.

But there's one, in particular, that's grabbed people's attention.

The cable network is reportedly nearing a pilot commitment for the series, which will be set three hundred years before the events of the original series, centering on the beginnings and the end of House Targaryen.

It's the second prequel confirmed to be in the works.

According to Variety, the series will be based on the companion Game of Thrones novel, "Fire & Blood," which tells the story of the previous Targaryen kings, like Aegon the Conqueror, the first ruler of Westeros, and Aegon the Dragonbane.

The Kings are all ancestors of Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow.

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The prequel will focus entirely on the dragon family, and the ancestors of 2 pinnacle characters that many fans were obsessed with, played by Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington in the original hit show.

The history of Daenerys' bloodline is filled with death, destruction, and conquering.

Fire and Blood begins with Aegon the Conqueror, who also was the ruler that created the Iron Throne that everyone in Westeros was pretty eager to sit upon.

The novel details how the dragon family held off repeated attempts to take the throne.

And how a civil war, known as the Dance of the Dragons, nearly destroyed their family and could have prevented Daenerys from ever being born.

It's safe to say that there's a lot of content to work with.

Although there's no word on how closely the series will follow the novel's narrative, there's certainly no shortage of explosive content to play around with.

Ryan Condal and Game of Thrones author, George R.R. Martin, penned the script.

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And now there's been an exciting development.

The show is officially in production!

An image of the table read has been shared on Twitter.

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