“Game of Thrones” Prequel “House of the Dragon” Premiering in August
HBO has revealed that their long-awaited Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon arrives on Sunday, August 21, on HBO and HBO Max. Based on George R. R. Martin’s “Fire & Blood” series, House of the Dragon will explore the rise of House Targaryen, and is set 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones. Along with the long-awaited reveal of the release date, HBO has revealed a bunch of new photos from the series.
The series comes from co-creators Ryan J. Condal and George R. R. Martin. Game of Thrones alum Miguel Sapochnik serves as co-showrunner (along with Condal) and director of the pilot and other episodes. House of the Dragon will follow those legendary dragon-lords in House Targaryen as they reign over Westeros during a contentious, dangerous time. Their internal battles will eventually end up becoming a civil war, known as the ‘Dance of Dragons.’
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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: Fabien Frankel as Ser Criston Cole. Photograph by Gary Moyes/HBO