House Of The Dragon: Cast, release date, and trailer for Game Of Thrones series

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House of the Dragon log in the trailer.
It’s time to discover Westeros’ fiery past (Picture: HBO)

Game Of Thrones may be over but the sagas of Westeros are set to continue for a long time yet – starting with the upcoming prequel, House Of The Dragon.

House Of The Dragon will be the first in a number of planned spin-off series to arrive from HBOoffering a deeper dive into the history and mythology of Martin’s creation.

Casey Bloys, content chief for HBO and HBO Max, is certainly excited, hailing the footage he has seen of the show so far as ‘spectacular.’

But who will join the cast of the new show?

Here’s everything we know so far.

What will House Of The Dragon be about?

Game Of Thrones prequel House of The Dragon concept art
The first look at the dragons have been aired (Picture: HBO)

Set 300 years before the events of Game Of Thrones, House Of The Dragon will follow the Targaryen family history, starting right at the formation of Westeros.

According to Game Of Thrones mythology, the Targaryen clan are one of the former Royal houses that ruled an empire and united the Seven Kingdoms together.

Often followed by three dragons, their family declaration is ‘fire and blood’ – and they often left both in their wake as they attempted to take over the kingdoms and eventually the walls outside Westeros.

But the thirst for power often saw members of the family descend into madness as their behavior became more erratic and violent.

House Of The Dragon will be adapted from the events in author George RR Martin’s book Fire and Blood, which ends with a massive battle nicknamed The Dance of the Dragons – caused by an inter-family civil war.

Seeing as incest runs within their family, this is going to get very complicated.

Who is in the cast of the Game of Thrones prequel?

The new series is packed with faces both familiar and new to breathe fiery life into this latest chapter in the much-beloved show.

Paddy Considine plays King Viserys I Targaryen

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Paddy Considine is a celebrated actor, writer and director (Picture Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Irish actor Paddy Considine was one of the first cast members announced and he is set to play Viserys I.

‘King Viserys Targaryen is chosen by the lords of Westeros to succeed the Old King, Jaehaerys Targaryen, at the Great Council at Harrenhal,’ the official announcement read.

‘A warm, kind, and decent man, Viserys only wishes to carry forward his grandfather’s legacy. But good men do not necessarily make for great kings.’

Fans may recognize Considine, 48, from his mix of both comedic and dramatic roles in the likes of Hot Fuzz, Dead Man’s Shoes and Peaky Blinderswhere he plays Father John Hughes.

Matt Smith plays Prince Daemon Targaryen

Matt Smith as Prince Daemon on a beach shooting House of the Dragns.
Matt Smith pictured on set as Prince Daemon (Picture:

In December 2020, train Doctor Who star Matt Smith was announced to play Prince Daemon Targaryen, the younger brother of Viserys – a ‘peerless warrior’ who ‘possesses the true blood of the dragon’.

Smith, 38, is no stranger to worldwide phenomena, having played The Doctor on the beloved BBC sci-fi show from 2010 to 2013.

He also portrayed Prince Philip alongside Claire Foy in the first two seasons of Netflix’s acclaimed royal drama The Crown.

Olivia Cooke plays Queen Alicent Hightower

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Olivia Cooke and Rhys Ifans as the Hightowers (Picture: HBO MAX)

French actress Olivia Cooke will play Alicent Hightower in the series, the daughter of Otto Hightower, a knight of House Hightower and the Hand of the King.

Cooke, 27, began her career at a young age, even appearing in a One Direction music video, before going on to success in TV with shows like Blackout and Bates Motel.

She also took on one of the lead roles in Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One in 2018 and recently appeared aside an Oscar-nominated Riz Ahmed in Sound Of Metal.

Emma D’Arcy plays Princess Rhanyra Tagaryen

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Emma D’Arcy and Matt Smith sporting the trademark blonde Targaryen look (Picture:HBO MAX)

Truthseekers star Emma D’Arcy will portray Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, a fierce dragon rider.

The English actress, 29, has also starred in the film Misbehavior and appeared in the Amazon Prime series Hanna.

Rhys Ifans plays Otto Hightower

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Rhys Ifans has starred in numerous roles on both stage and screen (Picture: Jeff Neumann/CBS via Getty Images)

Welsh actor Rhys Ifans54, will be playing Otto Hightower, father of Alicent and the Hand of the King, who believes the greatest threat to the realm is the king’s brother, Daemon, and his position as heir to the throne.

Ifans has appeared in blockbusters such as the Harry Potter franchise and The Amazing Spiderman, as well as British films like The Boat That Rocked, Notting Hill and Enduring Love.

He’s also no stranger to TV fans, after playing Mycroft in the Sherlock Holmes series Elementary opposite Jonny Lee Miller.

Steve Toussaint plays Lord Corlys Velaryon aka The Sea Snake

Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon, The Sea Snake, in the Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon.
Steve Toussaint plays the famous ‘Sea Snake’ (Picture: HBO)

The lord of House Velaryon, ‘The Sea Snake’ is a famous nautical adventurer in the history of Westeros.

He built his house into a powerful seat that is even richer than the Lannisters and that claims the largest navy in the world.

He will be played by Steve Toussaint, a 56-year-old British actor who recently appeared on TV in the likes of It’s A Sin, Doctor Who and Our Girl.

Eve Best plays Princess Rhaenys Velaryon

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Eve Best won an Olivier Award in 2005 (Picture: Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)

A dragonrider and wife to Lord Corlys Velaryon, ‘The Queen Who Never Was’ was passed over as heir to the throne at the Great Council because the realm favored her cousin, Viserys, simply for being male.

Best, 50, won the 2005 Olivier Award for Best Actress for playing the title role in Hedda Gabler and also appeared in The King’s Speech and Stan Lee’s Lucky Man.

Fabien Frankel plays Ser Criston Cole

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Fabien Frankel previously starred in the BBC drama The Serpent (Pictures: Ella Millward)

The Serpent star Fabien Frankel27, will portray Ser Criston Cole, who Martin described as only having ‘his honor and his skill with sword and lance.’

Fabien also had a small role in Last Christmas, alongside previous Game Of Thrones star Emilia Clarke.

Graham McTavish plays Ser Harrold Westerling

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Outlander star Graham McTavish has joined the cast (Picture: AFF-USA/REX/Shutterstock)

After months of speculation, it was announced in September that Outlander actor Graham McTavish had also joined the cast along with his Outlander co-star Bill Paterson, Sanditon actor Matthew Needham and Hamilton star Gavin Spokes.

The 60-year-old Scottish actor will play Ser Harrold, who served in the Kingsguard since the days of King Jaehaerys; and is described as a ‘paragon of chivalry and honor.’

Other confirmed cast members include David Horovitch as Grand Maester Mellos, Jefferson Hall as Lord Jason Lannister and Ryan Corr as Ser Harwin ‘Breakbones’ Strong, brother to Larys.

Is there a trailer for House of the Dragon?

The first trailer arrived in October 2021, providing the first ominous look at Westeros’ past.

It offers plenty of glimpses at the cast and new characters, all the while demonstrating that the show will not be short of action, featuring scenes of jousting, and swordplay – although it was rather light on the dragon front.

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When is House of Dragon set to be released?

House Of The Dragon will swoop onto TV screens on August 21, 2022.

While it will premiere on HBO Max in the United States on August 21, it has already been confirmed that it will be shown in the UK on Sky Atlantic and NOW the day after on August 22.

It will also be available to stream for those who have a NOW subscription.

House of the Dragon will premiere on Sky Atlantic and streaming service NOW on August 22 2022.

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