In the three years since Game of Thrones came to an unsettling conclusion, a vast number of prequels have come and gone, but only one has made it through the long night of HBO pre-production: Ryan Condal and George R.R. Martin’s House of the Dragon. Alongside Condal, Miguel Sapochnik runs the show. He directed several episodes of Game of Thrones, including the beloved “Battle of the Bastards” episode. Finally, its late-summer debut is approaching.
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August 21, 2022, will mark the beginning of House of the Dragon‘s ten-episode season.
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On July 20, the official House of the Dragon trailer was released. It alludes to the central conflict of the prequel series: Who will succeed King Viserys Targaryen, played by Paddy Considine? The monarch names his first-born daughter Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Emma D’Arcy) as a prospective successor, along with Viserys’ brother Prince Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith). Viserys declares, “I will not be forced to choose between my brother and my daughter.”
Who’s the Creative Team?
As showrunners, Martin, Vince Gerardis, Sara Lee Hess, and Ron Schmidt will executive produce alongside Miguel Sapochnik and Ryan Condal. But don’t expect to see D.B. Weiss and David Benioff listed in the credits; possibly because they’re too busy ruining The Three-Body Problem for Netflix, the original Game of Thrones showrunners have no intention of returning in any way.
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Who Will Star in ‘House of the Dragon’?
In the fantasy film House of the Dragon, Matt Smith plays Prince Daemon Targaryen, Paddy Considine plays King Viserys Targaryen, and Emma D’Arcy plays Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen in the role of Matt Smith.
Actors Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower, Rhys Ifans as Otto Hightower, Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon, also known as “The Sea Snake,” and Eve Best as Princess Rhaenys Targaryen all make appearances in the series. Fans of Alex Garland’s Annihilation and Ex Machina will be excited that Sonoya Mizuno has been cast as Mysaria.
Most recently, it has been revealed that Ser Criston Cole has been cast as Fabien Frankel (The Serpent, Last Christmas). from the Dorset region.
What Will ‘House of the Dragon’ Be About?
The idea for House of the Dragon came from George R.R. Martin’s book “Fire and Blood,” which is about the history of House Targaryen.
The fight between King Viserys Targaryen’s heirs, a civil war that later came to be known as the Dance of the Dragons, will be the main focus of the series, which is set 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones.
The daughter of King Viserys, Rhaenyra, his brother, Daemon, and Alicent Hightower, the daughter of Otto, the King’s Hand, all play significant roles in the narrative.
Daemon was chosen as King Viserys’ successor because he is the sole male relative, but the battle starts when Viserys decides to change his heir.
Just as the Prince is ready to challenge the ruling, Princess Rhaenyra is eager to demonstrate that a woman is deserving of the Iron Throne.
Where to Watch the series?
House of the Dragon will not only be shown on HBO but also streamed on HBO Max. There will be 10 episodes in the first season. House of the Dragon’s first season will have 10 episodes, similar to the majority of Game of Thrones seasons.