Dragons Reign Supreme in New “House of the Dragon” Teaser
It all begins this Sunday. The first Game of Thrones prequel has arrived, and there’s reason to get excited. The early buzz is very positive, the cast is incredible, and every fresh peek looks better than the last. To that end, this brand new teaser from HBO, rich with dragons and fire, only heightens the excitement. At long last, we’re back in Westeros, and things are as dangerous as always.
The new teaser, “Fire Will Reign,” is a thrilling jolt of dragons, fire, blood, and intrigue. We’re 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones when House Targaryen was in control and dragons were a common if terrifying sight. The new series will feature ten episodes, exploring the battles within House Targaryen that ultimately led to a bloody civil war that shaped Westeros for centuries to come.
House of the Dragon comes from co-creator, co-showrunner, executive producer and writer Ryan Condal, co-showrunner, executive producer, and director Miguel Sapochnik (a Game of Thrones alum), and, of course, George R. R. Martin, the man who brought Westeros to life with his books, and serves as co-creator and executive producer.
Check out the new teaser below. House of the Dragon premieres Sunday, August 21, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on HBO and will be available to stream on HBO Max.
Here’s the full cast description:
Paddy Considine as King Viserys Targaryen, chosen by the lords of Westeros to succeed the Old King, Jaehaerys Targaryen, at the Great Council at Harrenhal. 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.
Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen, 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…
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.
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.
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.
Eve Best as Princess Rhaenys Targaryen, 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.
Fabien Frankel as Ser Criston Cole, of Dornish descent, the common-born son of the steward to the Lord of Blackhaven. Cole has no claim to land or titles; all he has to his name is his honor and his preternatural skill with a sword.
Sonoya Mizuno as Mysaria, who came to Westeros with nothing, sold more times than she can recall. She could have wilted… but instead she rose to become the most trusted — and most unlikely — ally of Prince Daemon Targaryen, the heir to the throne.
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.
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Featured image: “House of the Dragon.” Photograph by Courtesy HBO