Everything You Need to Know About HBO’s ‘The House of the Dragon’
This story was originally published on May 7, 2021, and updated on October 6, 2021.
If you are a fan of the hit fantasy drama, Game of Thrones, get excited because HBO has just released a new teaser trailer of one of the biggest shows in the world this October after its official announcement of the series’ new cast and first-look images of the cast members earlier in May this year.
The highly-anticipated prequel, which is set to air in 2022, provides glimpses of its stars in its trailer—which includes Paddy Considine as King Viserys Targaryen, Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen, Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower, Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon, and Sonoya Mizuno as Prince Daemon’s ally Mysaria.
The show will reportedly focus on House Targaryen and the civil war, Dance of the Dragons.
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What the prequel is about
Set 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones, the upcoming series tells the story of a turbulent period for House Targaryen, one that set sibling against sibling and dragon against dragon. The question that runs through the entire show is who should be the rightful ruler of Westeros and the Iron Throne.
Based on the book Fire & Blood by George R. R. Martin, the author explains the story’s focus on the Targaryens’ occupation of Dragonstone after the Doom of Valyria on his blog, saying, “Fire & Blood begins their tale with the legendary Aegon the Conqueror, creator of the Iron Throne, and goes on to recount the generations of Targaryens who fought to hold that iconic seat, all the way up to the civil war that nearly tore their dynasty apart.”
In one of the three new photos that were released by HBO, fans get to see Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen and D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen. Smith’s character is the younger brother of King Viserys and heir to the throne.
Fans will also be able to find out more about the characters of the show on HBO’s website, which includes Princess Rhaenyra, who is played by D’Arcy, is the king’s first-born child; she is of pure Valyrian blood and is a dragon rider.
Olivia Cooke plays Alicent Hightower—who is the daughter of the Hand of the King Otto Hightower—and Rhys Ifans plays Otto Hightower, who loyally and faithfully serves both his king and his realm.
The series is showcasing greater diversity in the cast with Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon who is the most famed nautical adventurer in the history of Westeros, and Sonoya Mizuno as Mysaria, the most trusted—and most unlikely—ally of Prince Daemon Targaryen, the heir to the throne.
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The minds behind the series
Martin and Ryan Condal—the creators of Colony and Hercules—will serve as co-creators on the series. Miguel Sapochnik and Condal will be showrunners, and the pair will also serve as executive producers along with Martin, Vince Gerardis, Sara Lee Hess and Ron Schmidt.
Sapochnik, whose directing credits include six Game of Thrones episodes, won the Emmy and DGA honours for the “Battle of the Bastards” episode. He was also nominated for another Emmy in 2019 for directing “The Long Night” and won the Emmy for Best Drama Series as an executive producer for the final season.
Clare Kilner of The Alienist: Angel of Darkness and The Wedding Date and Geeta V. Patel of Meet the Patels and The Witcher will also direct the series. Greg Yaitanes of Banshee and House is the show's director and co-executive producer. The renowned Game of Thrones and Westworld composer Ramin Djawadi will also be scoring the series.
House of the Dragon, which is based on Fire and Blood by George R. R. Martin, is set to be 10-episode series and will premiere on HBO next year.
In addition to the new prequel, Game of Thrones will also be coming to life in a play that is set to arrive on Broadway, London’s West End and Australia in 2023.