In the three years Game of Thrones came to an uneasy end, a slew of prequels have risen and died, and House of the Dragon, from co-creators George R.R. Martin and Ryan Condal, has survived the long night of HBO pre-production. (Along with Condal, Miguel Sapochnik, who directed Game of Thrones episodes, including the fan favourite “The Battle of the Bastards,” serves as showrunner.) And now its late-summer debut is approaching.
This summer, we got a full-length trailer after a night as long and dark as anything the Night’s Watch has ever faced. The clip, which can be seen above and includes stunning shots of battles, King’s Landing, and airborne dragons, sets up the series’ central conflict: the struggle for the Iron Throne between Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and Prince Daemon Targaryen.
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Traditionalists aren’t ready for a woman to take the Iron Throne, but From the back of her dragon, Rhaenyra is sworn to “create a new order.” Meanwhile, Houses Stark, Velaryon, Lannister, and Baratheon conspire to destabilise the ruling families, but the Targaryens have unrivalled firepower.
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When Will House of the Dragon Be Released?
The ten-episode season of House of the Dragon will premiere on August 21, 2022. It will compete with Amazon’s The Rings of Power, released on September 2. Who will win the streaming battle between two fantasy series?
How many Dragons are in the House of Dragon?
The author of the fantasy novels A Song of Ice and Fire, George R.R. Martin, unveiled that a Game of Thrones prequel would premiere on HBO in 2022. The prequel, House of the Dragon, will feature 17 dragons.
What Characters Are in the House of the Dragon Cast?
Many people don’t look for anyone to root for among this cast of characters. Martin warned that there would be no fan favourites like in Game of Thrones, telling The Hollywood Reporter, “It’s powerful, visceral, dark, and reminiscent of a Shakespearean tragedy. There is no Arya, a character that everyone will adore. They all have flaws. They’re all people. They do good work. They commit heinous crimes. Like humans, they are motivated by power, lust, jealousy, and old wounds. They are as I wrote them.” Regardless, these new characters sound intriguing. HBO describes them as follows in their official press materials:
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Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen
She is the King’s firstborn child, pure Valyrian blood, and a dragon rider. Many people believe Rhaenyra was born with everything; however, she was not born a man.
Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen
King Viserys’ younger brother and Daemon, is a legendary warrior and dragon rider with dragon blood. However, it is said that every time a Targaryen is born, the gods toss a coin into the sky.
Lord Corlys Velaryon, “The Sea Snake,” Steve Toussaint
Lord of House Velaryon, a Valyrian bloodline, dates back as far as House Targaryen. Lord Corlys, the most famous nautical adventurer in Westeros history, built his House into a powerful seat with more wealth than the Lannisters and the world’s largest navy.
Olivia Cooke plays AlicentHightower.
She was a member of House Hightower who married King Viserys I Targaryen as his second wife. Alicent Hightower was the daughter of Ser Otto Hightower, who served as Hand of the King to Jaehaerys I, Viserys I, and, later, Aegon II. Her children included King Aegon II, Queen Helaena, Prince Aemond, and Prince Daeron.
Rhys Ifans as OttoHightower
Ser Otto, the King’s Hand, serves both his King and his realm loyally and faithfully. The Hand sees the King’s brother, Daemon, and his position as heir to the throne as the greatest threat to the empire.
Then there are the supporting characters, such as Steve Toussaint’s Lord Corys Velaryon, also known as “The Sea Snake.” Fabien Frankel plays Ser Criston Cole, and Sonoya Mizuno plays Maria.