“Game of Thrones” Prequel “House of the Dragon” Reveals First Teaser
“Gods, kings, fire, and blood.” These are the first words we hear spoken in the House of the Dragon teaser, the long-awaited prequel to Game of Thrones that focuses on House Targaryen. Set 200-years before the flagship series, when Dany, Jon Snow, and the rest of the Westeros battled for that spiky throne, House of the Dragon will track the Targaryen clan and reveal how these dragon-lords ended up conquering Westeros. This is the very first footage we’ve seen from the series, revealing a production that looks (unsurprisingly) as ravishing as Game of Thrones did, with swordplay, palace intrigue, and a briefly glimpsed dragon all on offer. Has it really been over two years since Game of Thrones aired its finale? Indeed it has.
The series comes from co-creators Ryan J. Condal and “A Song of Ice and Fire” author George R. R. Martin, with Game of Thrones alum Miguel Sapochnik as co-showrunner (along with Condal) and director of the pilot and other episodes. House of the Dragon will explore the contentious Targaryen brood as they not only rule Westeros but fight amongst themselves in what will end up becoming a civil war, known as the ‘Dance of Dragons.’
“Dreams didn’t make us kings,” Matt Smith’s Prince Daemon Targaryen says at the end of the teaser, “dragons did.” There’s little doubt House of the Dragon will draw many Game of Thrones fans back into their scaly clutches.
House of the Dragon comes to HBO Max in 2022. Check out the teaser below:
And here’s the official featured cast list from HBO:
Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen: The king’s first-born child, she is of pure Valyrian blood, and she is a dragonrider. Many would say that Rhaenyra was born with everything… but she was not born a man.
Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen: The younger brother to King Viserys and heir to the throne. A peerless warrior and a dragonrider, Daemon possesses the true blood of the dragon. But it is said that whenever a Targaryen is born, the gods toss a coin in the air…
Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon, “The Sea Snake”: Lord of House Velaryon, a Valyrian bloodline as old as House Targaryen. As “The Sea Snake,” the most famed nautical adventurer in the history of Westeros, Lord Corlys built his house into a powerful seat that is even richer than the Lannisters and that claims the largest navy in the world.
Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower: The daughter of Otto Hightower, the Hand of the King, and the most comely woman in the Seven Kingdoms. She was raised in the Red Keep, close to the king and his innermost circle; she possesses both a courtly grace and a keen political acumen.
Rhys Ifans as Otto Hightower: The Hand of the King, Ser Otto loyally and faithfully serves both his king and his realm. As the Hand sees it, the greatest threat to the realm is the king’s brother, Daemon, and his position as heir to the throne.
Wil Johnson as Ser Vaemond Velaryon: Younger brother to Coryls Velaryon and commander in the Velaryon navy
John Macmillan as Ser Laenor Velaryon: Son of Corlys Velaryon and Rhaenys Targaryen
Savannah Steyn as Lady Laena Velayron: Daughter of Corlys Velaryon and Rhaenys Targaryen.
Theo Nate as Ser Laenor Velaryon: Son of Corlys Velaryon and Rhaenys Targaryen
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Featured image: Emma D’Arcy as “Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen” and Matt Smith as “Prince Daemon Targaryen.” Photograph by Ollie Upton/HBO