“Game of Thrones” Prequel “House Of The Dragon” Shut Down Due To Covid Outbreak
“Game of Thrones” prequel “The House of the Dragon” paused production on Monday in the UK after a crew member tested positive to COVID-19.
“As part of the rigorous testing implemented for all production employees, a Zone A production member on House of the Dragon tested positive for COVID-19. In compliance with industry guidelines, the production member is in isolation, and close contacts will be required to quarantine,” HBO said in a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.
Production will resume on Wednesday after a two-day pause.
The series stars Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen and Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon (also known as the Sea Snake), and Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower and Rhys Ifans as Otto Hightower.
House of the Dragon tells the story of the Targaryen family in Westeros and is set 300 years before the events in Game of Thrones.
The show will depict the war of succession between Daenerys Targaryen’s ancestors Rhaenyra and Aegon II, two dragon-wielding heirs to the Iron Throne, in a civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons.
The Dance of the Dragons saw Rhaenyra and her half-brother Aegon II fight over their father Viserys I’s throne in a war that lasted three years, and led to untold death and misfortune to the Targaryen line.
The drama is from co-showrunners Ryan Condal (Colony) and Miguel Sapochnik (Game of Thrones), and executive producer and saga author George R.R. Martin.
House of the Dragon will premiere in 2022.