When on one hand British government is pushing to reopen the country, on the other hand the cases in the UK are continuously rising. The spread of coronavirus is still very prominent in the country and it is still affecting the ongoing productions. According to the recent headlines, the House of Dragon’s production has shut down. The eighth season of the most watched series disappointed fans but everybody is still excited for George R.R. Martin’s fantastical world and want to know more about it.
“House of the Dragon” is based on Martin’s 2018 novel — “Fire & Blood” — and will focus on House Targaryen and take place 300 years before the events of “Game of Thrones.” The series has a list of amazing cast members and the legacy continues to do the same with the new installment. Not long after the series order was announced, we found out that British actor Paddy Considine would be taking on one of the lead roles, King Viserys I Targaryen. Since then, the series has added actors such as Matt Smith (The Crown), Olivia Cooke (Sound of Metal) and Emma D’Arcy (Hanna) to its roster. The others include: Steve Toussaint, Eve Best, Rhys Ifans, and Sonoya Mizuno. “House of the Dragon” is expected to premiere on HBO sometime in 2022 although no confirmed premiere date is released yet and recently the shooting team is hit by production snag.
A member of the production team is tested positive for the coronavirus and in compliance with industry regulations, the individual is required to isolate and close contacts are required to quarantine. Although the production will resume in some days, the fans must be disappointed with the fact that they might have to wait longer for the production complete and the series to be available on streaming platforms.
House of the Dragon is the latest high-profile production in the UK to have to hit pause due to the pandemic but this is not the only one to come at hault in the country. Deadline revealed that Bridgeton’s second season was shut down for the second time in a week due to a positive case of Covid and Netflix similarly shuttered its feature adaptation of Matilda due to the virus.
It is good to see that HBO is taking precautions and also hampering its production for the well-being of its team. Hope we’ll get the news soon of the production working again.