HBO will debut its first Game of Thrones spinoff this summer, but it isn't expected to be the last. Here's everything we know about the future of the fantasy franchise: 

House of the Dragon

Set about 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones, House of the Dragon centers around the Targaryens, ancestors of Daenerys (Emilia Clarke). It's based on George R.R. Martin's 2018 book Fire & Blood, which was more of a history lesson about House Targaryen than a traditional narrative. The series will depict the so-called Dance of the Dragons, a Targaryen civil war. 

Paddy Considine plays the king, Viserys I Targaryen, while Matt Smith stars as his younger brother, Prince Daemon Targaryen, and Emma D'arcy plays the king's firstborn child, Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen. Rhys Ifans also plays the Hand of the King, Otto Hightower, while Olivia Cooke plays Otto's daughter, Alicent Hightower, and Steve Toussaint plays the "famed nautical adventurer" Lord Corlys Velaryon, also known as the Sea Snake. As the title suggests, there will also be plenty of dragons — 17, to be exact. 

House of the Dragon was co-created by Martin and Ryan Condal, and it's produced by Miguel Sapochnik, who directed some of Thrones' most iconic episodes like the "Battle of the Bastards." David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, the creators of Game of Thrones who became somewhat infamous in the fandom after the show's divisive ending, aren't involved.

The show debuts on August 21, and the 10-episode first season will be a major test of how viable the Thrones franchise is for HBO beyond the original series — and whether audiences flock to it despite that controversial ending is the million-dollar question. 

The Sea Snake

Even before House of the Dragon premieres, though, several other Thrones shows are in early development. 

One is known as The Sea Snake, which will center around a young Corlys Velaryon, that nautical adventurer character played by Steve Toussaint...

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