New “House of the Dragon” Video Teases HBO Max’s “Game of Thrones” Prequel
A new short video revealed by HBO Max teases their hotly-anticipated Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon. “Gods, kings, fire, and blood” we hear over the images of some of the series’ key players, including Paddy Considine’s King Viserys Targaryen, Matt Smith’s Prince Daemon Targaryen, Olivia Cooke’s Alicent Hightower, and Rhys Ifans’ Otto Hightower. These are the same words we heard in the first teaser, which gave us a glimpse of the first Game of Thrones spinoff to make it through production.
House of the Dragon focuses on House Targaryen some 200-years before the events in the flagship series and will track how the dragon-lords ended up conquering Westeros. This series promises, among other things, as much palace intrigue as you can fit into a single show, centered as it is on one of the most potent, unstable lineages in “A Song of Ice and Fire” author George R. R. Martin’s massive realm.
The series comes from co-creators Ryan J. Condal and George R. R. Martin, with Game of Thrones alum Miguel Sapochnik serving as co-showrunner (along with Condal) and director of the pilot and other episodes. House of the Dragon will explore House Targaryen as they reign over Westeros in a contentious, dangerous time. Their internal battles will eventually end up becoming a civil war, known as the ‘Dance of Dragons.’
House of the Dragon comes to HBO Max in 2022. Check out the new video below:
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