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A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

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Joffrey: "So this is the famous Book of Brothers... all the great deeds of all the great Kingsguard...Four pages for Ser Duncan! He must have been quite a man."
Jaime: "So they say."
Joffrey Baratheon and Jaime Lannister discuss Ser Duncan's entry in the Book of Brothers.[src]

The Dunk & Egg novellas[1] are a series of prequel novellas written by George R.R. Martin, which begin 90 years before the events of the A Song of Ice and Fire novels (on which the TV series Game of Thrones is based). They follow the adventures of Ser Duncan the Tall and his squire, Egg.

In 2023, Warner Bros. Discovery announced A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, a television adaptation of the novellas then titled A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight.[2]

Novellas[]

The Hedge Knight (1998)[]

The Hedge Knight is the first of the Dunk & Egg novellas, written by George R.R. Martin. It was published on August 25, 1998. It is the basis for the first season of A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.

The Sworn Sword (2003)[]

The Sworn Sword is the second of the Dunk & Egg novellas, written by George R.R. Martin. It was published on December 30, 2003. It is intended to be the basis for a potential future season of A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.

The Mystery Knight (2010)[]

The Mystery Knight is the third of the Dunk & Egg novellas, written by George R.R. Martin. It was published on March 16, 2010. It is intended to be the basis for a potential future season of A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.

The She-Wolves of Winterfell (TBA)[]

The She-Wolves of Winterfell is the working title of the forthcoming fourth of the Dunk & Egg novellas, written by George R.R. Martin. It is to be set at Winterfell and will prominently feature the Stark wives, widows, mothers, and grandmothers known collectively as the "She-Wolves."[3]

The Village Hero (TBA)[]

The Village Hero is the working title of the forthcoming fifth of the Dunk & Egg novellas, written by George R.R. Martin. It is to be set in the Riverlands.[3]

Future novellas[]

  • The Sellsword (TBA)
  • The Champion (TBA)
  • The Kingsguard (TBA)
  • The Lord Commander (TBA)

Adaptation[]

Main page: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

On February 10, 2013, George R.R. Martin confirmed that he had been in discussion with HBO over a possible adaptation of the Dunk & Egg novellas, though in what format (TV movies, theatrical movie, or a spin-off TV series) was not made clear.[4]

On January 21, 2021, Variety first reported rumors that a new attempt was being made to pitch a Dunk & Egg prequel series.[5] Months later on November 30, 2021, Deadline reported that an adaptation was in development, and that the pitch was advanced enough that screenwriter Steve Conrad was attached as showrunner.[6]

On March 9, 2022, George R.R. Martin himself gave an update in his blog about potential prequel projects, confirming that Steve Conrad was attached to a potential Dunk & Egg series, and that it has passed from the "pitch" phase to the "pilot script" phase, though it's unknown if HBO will ultimately greenlight filming on a pilot episode. Martin said that they haven't decided on a working title for the series yet, as he's been calling it A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms but there are also arguments to call it The Hedge Knight. As Martin said:

The third of the live action shows is the Dunk & Egg series, helmed by Steve Conrad. My team and I have had some great sessions with Steve and his team, and we really hit it off. He's determined to do a faithful adaptation of the stories, which is exactly what I want; these characters and stories are very precious to me. The first season will be an adaptation of the first novella, 'The Hedge Knight.' Contrary to what you may have read online, the show will not be called DUNK & EGG, which could be mistaken for a sitcom by viewers unfamiliar with the stories. We're leaning toward A KNIGHT OF THE SEVEN KINGDOMS for the series title, though THE HEDGE KNIGHT has its partisans as well."[7]

On April 12, 2023, Warner Bros. Discovery announced that A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, then titled A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight, had received a greenlight to enter pre-production.[2]

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