“Game of Thrones” prequel “The House of the Dragon” has been halted in the United Kingdom for two days due to an exposure to COVID-19 involving a Zone A member of the cast and crew.
“A Zone A production member on House of the Dragon tested positive for COVID-19 as part of the stringent testing required for all production staff. The production member has been isolated in accordance with industry rules, and close contacts will be required to quarantine,” HBO said in a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.
After a two-day hiatus, production will resume on Wednesday. The cast includes Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen, Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon (also known as the Sea Snake), Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower, and Rhys Ifans as Otto Hightower.
House of the Dragon is set 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones and covers the story of the Targaryen family in Westeros. The drama is co-created by Ryan Condal (Colony) and Miguel Sapochnik (Game of Thrones), with George R.R. Martin serving as executive producer and epic author.
The production halt coincides with an increase in virus fears in the United Kingdom, as the country eliminates most remaining COVID-19 rules, including mask mandates.
House of the Dragon is one of six Game of Thrones-related prequel projects in the works at HBO, as well as a Broadway/West End stage performance in development that will include fresh actors playing legendary characters from the original series.