Game of Thrones To Film Prequel Scenes in Essaouria, Morocco

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Games of Thrones aficionados have an exciting prequel series to look forward to and many scenes will be shot in Morocco. On October 30, 2019, the Game of Thrones company social media account took to twitter and revealed that the House of Dragon, a Game of Thrones precursor will be coming to HBO. Game of Thrones was adapted from George R.R. Martin’s book “A Song of Ice and Fire.” The new program will tell the parts of the House of Targaryen story in Morocco. Similar to the trailblazer, the directors plan to travel to both Essaouria and Ouarzazate to shoot film scenes.

Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss chose Essaouria, Morocco’s coastal town, to portray Essos, the sea town where the Targaryen family resided for centuries. Essaouria is a port city protected by Portuguese sea ramparts. It has also served as the setting for Orson Welles’ 1951 classic film Othello.

The House of the Dragon is also likely to travel to Ouarzazate to portray a world set 300 years prior to Game of Thrones. Ouarzazate has a dry desert climate and is one of the main gateways to the Sahara desert. It is considered Morocco’s Hollywood town and boasts the world’s largest film studio.

Little has been released about the upcoming series however it was inspired after Martin published Fire & Blood Vol. 1, a large volume on the Targaryen history. The newest fantasy dream explores generations of the dragon-riding family. So far one full season (10 episodes) has been promised.

The show will be “co-created by Martin and Ryan Condal, who will write the series. Miguel Sapochnik, an English film and television director has been asked to pen additional episodes. The release date has not been announced.

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