At the recent press junket promoting the launch of Max, WBD would have been remiss not to tease all potential subscribers with the announcement of new content to showcase on the new streamer. HBO fans surely are intrigued by one of the new titles – another GAME OF THRONES entry to accompany HOUSE OF THE DRAGON. In development is A KNIGHT OF THE SEVEN KINGDOMS: THE HEDGE KNIGHT.
The prequel series, with a finished first script, will be written and executive produced by George R.R. Martin and Ira Parker. Ryan Condal and Vince Gerardis will also executive produce. But what is the title? Who is this Hedge Knight? Fans of the franchise might recognize it much better if we tell you that it is the tale of Dunk & Egg. Ah, now if GOT fanatics didn’t get that title they sure do now. The “Tales of Dunk & Egg” are three novellas, the first of which was “The Hedge Knight” and tells of the adventures of Ser Duncan the Tall and his squire Egg. But we’ve told you all that before.
Yeah, we have mentioned these two characters and their exploits as a great opportunity for a series in eight different posts over the years beginning with this one way back in October of 2012! Our most recent entry was in 2021. So, finally R. R. Martin and the other powers that be saw the sense of bringing these stories to life. The official press release states as follows –
A century before the events of “Game of Thrones,” two unlikely heroes wandered Westeros… a young, naïve but courageous knight, Ser Duncan the Tall, and his diminutive squire, Egg. Set in an age when the Targaryen line still holds the Iron Throne and the memory of the last dragon has not yet passed from living memory, great destinies, powerful foes, and dangerous exploits all await these improbable and incomparable friends.
So, what, the title of DUNK & EGG didn’t sound grand enough? Well, what do you know, R. R. Martin has something to say about just that. He stated in his blog,
“The working title will be A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight. Whether that will be the final title, I can’t say for sure… beyond saying that no, it won’t be called Tales of Dunk & Egg or The Adventures of Dunk & Egg or Dunk & Egg.
I love Dunk, and I love Egg, and I know that fans refer to my novellas as ‘the Dunk & Egg stories,’ sure, but there are millions of people out there who do not know the stories and the title needs to intrigue them too.
If you don’t know the characters, Dunk & Egg sounds like a sitcom. Laverne & Shirley. Abbott & Costello. Beavis & Butthead. So, no. We want ‘knight’ in the title. Knighthood and chivalry are central to the themes of these stories.”
Okay, okay, that makes sense. What also makes sense is that HBO would want to add another exciting title to their line-up. As supported by my placed links above, the internet has been abuzz with speculation of new GOT tiles since the beginning. The Kit Harington one still has a chance as do many of the other ideas that have been put out there. Regardless of its title, after over a decade of wondering if the adventures of Ser Duncan and his squire were ever going to materialize, we have solid confirmation that indeed they will. Are you excited about their arrival? Let us know in the Comment section below.