Game of Thrones Prequel Details — House of the Dragon News Cast, Rumors

zaib055July 19, 2022


Dragons are coming back to HBO this summer. The much-anticipated Game Of Thrones prequel, House of the Dragon, which is based on George RR Martin’s Fire & Blood book about House Targaryen, is set to premiere in August 2022.

Here’s everything we know so far about House of the Dragon.

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House of the Dragon premieres on Sunday, August 21, 2022.

The ten-episode Game Of Thrones spin-off will “depict how the House of Targaryen fell into a bitter and brutal civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons — presaging the beginning of the end of the ruling family of Westeros.”

The first teaser trailer (watch above), released May 2022, shows key members of the Targaryen family. In the first teaser, a voice simply says “Gods. Kings. Fire. And blood. Dreams didn’t make us kings—dragons did.”

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Paddy Considine leads the cast as King Viserys Targaryen.

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Paddy Considine as King Viserys Targaryen.

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Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and Matt Smith as “Prince Daemon Targaryen.

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Paddy Considine will play King Viserys I, the head of the Targaryen family. Emmy D’Arcy will be Princess Rhaenrya, Viserys’ first child and his heir apparent, and Tea Crown actor Matt Smith will be Prince Daemon, Viserys’ younger brother.

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Olivia Cooke and Rhys Ifans, the Hightowers.

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There are also non-Targaryen cast members in the key cast: Rhys Ifans will portray Ser Otto Hightower, the Hand of the King; Olivia Cooke will be Otto’s daughter, Lady Alicent Hightower (who, in the book, becomes Queen when she marries Viserys); and Fabien Frankel will be Ser Criston Cole, a knight who loves Princess Rhaenrya.

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Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon, “The Sea Snake.”

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Rounding out the cast are Sonyo Mizuno, who will play Mysaria, Prince Daemon’s lover, and Eve Best and Steve Toussaint, who will portray married royals Princess Rhaenys Velaryon and Lord Corlys Velaryon.

The Velaryons are a notable change from the book; in the adaptation, they are wealthy Black rulers. “It was very important for Miguel [Sapochnik] and I to create a show that was not another bunch of white people on the screen,” co-showrunner Ryan Condal explained to Entertainment Weekly. “We wanted to find a way to put diversity in the show, but we didn’t want to do it in a way that felt like it was an afterthought or, worse, tokenism.”

The show is based on George RR Martin’s book Fire & Blood.

House of the Dragon was created by GOT author George RR Martin and showrunners Ryan Condal (who created the sci-fi series colony) and Miguel Sapochnik (a director on Game Of Thrones).

Here’s the plot synopsis for the Fire & Blood book:

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“Centuries before the events of A Game of ThronesHouse Targaryen—the only family of dragonlords to survive the Doom of Valyria—took up residence on Dragonstone. 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.

What really happened during the Dance of the Dragons? Why was it so deadly to visit Valyria after the Doom? What were Maegor the Cruel’s worst crimes? What was it like in Westeros when dragons ruled the skies? These are but a few of the questions answered in this essential chronicle, as related by a learned maester of the Citadel and featuring more than eighty-five black-and-white illustrations by artist Doug Wheatley—including five illustrations exclusive to the trade paperback edition . Readers have glimpsed small parts of this narrative in such volumes as The World of Ice & Firebut now, for the first time, the full tapestry of Targaryen history is revealed.”

George RR Martin is extremely excited about the show.

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Author George RR Martin was involved in House of the Dragon.

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Martin saw a rough cut of the first episode in December 2021, and wrote on his blog, “It’s dark, it’s powerful, it’s visceral… just the way I like my epic fantasy.” He added, “Most viewers will only have heard of a few of the actors, but I think you are going to fall in love with a lot of them. (Only to have your heart broken later when… but no, that would be telling ). I think the Targaryens are in very good hands. Anticipate away. I do not think you will be disappointed.”

A few months later, he’s seen more of the series. “I saw rough cuts of a couple more episodes of House of the Dragon and was just as pleased as I was with the earlier episodes,” he wrote on his blog in April. “Those of you who like complex, conflicted, gray characters (as I do) will like this series, I think. There will be plenty of dragons and battles, to be sure, but the spine of the story is the human conflicts, the love and the hate, character drama rather than action/adventure.”

In June, Martin once again took to his blog to compliment the series—saying he’s seen all episodes but the finale. He wrote, “the look of it is great, and the acting, the directing, and writing are first rate. And yes, for all you book fans, it IS my story. Sure, there are some changes from ‘Fire & Blood’ — we could not present three alternative versions of every major event, not and keep our sanity — but I think Ryan Condal and his writers made good choices. Even some improvements. (Heresy, I know, but being the author, I am allowed to say so).”

Martin also specifically complimented actor Paddy Considine, writing, “I am vastly impressed by the show’s version of King Viserys, played by Paddy Considine, who gives the character a tragic majesty that my book Viserys never quite achieved.”

HBO released images of all the key characters in House of the Dragon.

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Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen.

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Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen.

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Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower.

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Rhys Ifans as Otto Hightower.

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Sonoya Mizuno as Mysaria.

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Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon, Eve Best as Princess Rhaenys Targaryen.

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Fabien Frankel as Ser Criston Cole.

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Will Emilia Clarke be in house of dragons?

No, Emilia Clarke will not be reprising her role as Daenerys Targaryen. As the show is set centuries before the events of Game Of Thronesher character doesn’t make sense to be in the plot.

The show will air on HBO and HBO Max

As we wait for house of dragons to premiere on August 21, 2022, there’s plenty of time to rewatch the original Game Of Thrones.

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