- House of the Dragon is a new series set centuries before the events of Games of Thrones and is based on the 2018 book Fire & Blood by George R.R Martin.
- The series premiered on HBO Max on the 21st August, 2022.
- Unlike Game of Thrones, this series is designed to have a smaller and less expensive cast, focusing mainly on the titular House of the Dragon, the Targaryen Family and the members of their court.
- Also, Martin is working with other authors, Linda Antonsson and Elio M. Garcia Jr. to create an illustrated history of the Targaryens which is to be released on the 25th of October, 2022. There is also the making of a book for House of the Dragon which will be released in January 2023.
What is House of the Dragon about?
The series House of the Dragon is an American fantasy drama series that is linked to an award winning series, Game of Thrones. This series was created by George R.R. Martin and Ryan Condal for HBO. Both The Game of Thrones and the House of the Dragon are based on the novel Fire & Blood written by Martin Condal.
House of the Dragon is set about 200 years before the events in the Game of Thrones, 172 years before the birth of the descendant of the eponymous royal house, Daenerys Targarten and 100 years after the seven Kingdoms is united by the Targenyen conquest.
Simply put, the movie is set during the ‘Dance of the Dragons’ a period of civil war within the Targaryen family. As the ruling family in Westeros at the time House begins, their collapse had significant effects that this new series will explicitly explain.
Although the House of the Dragon is a classical Game of Thrones prologue and is adapting material from events that occurred hundreds of years before those depicted in the original show, this series will have its own identity and tone that will develop and emerge over the course of the show.
This is telling you that, despite the fact that the House of the Dragon emanated from the Game of Thrones, you will enjoy the series differently without having the feel of Game of thrones – it will come with its own uniqueness.
Additionally, the series will feature all the explicit bloodshed, political maneuvering and giant CGI dragons that will make sense to viewer, including those who haven’t seen the series, Game of Thrones.
However, House of the Dragons will not features the spontaneous violence towards women, which was one of the critized elements of the Game of Thrones.
Who is making House of the Dragon?
The co-creators of the House of the Dragon are George R.R Martin, the author of the books that inspired Game of Thrones and Ryan Condal, a producer and a screenwriter. Also, Miguel Sapochnik and Condah are the showrunners of the series.
However, after the house of dragon release date and the airing of the episode two, Sapochnik announced that he would be stepping down ahead of the second season of the series and Alan Taylor of the Game of Thrones will be taking his place.
Is there a House of the Dragon trailer?
Definitely! There is a House of the Dragon trailer and it was released on the 5th of October, 2021. Also, on the 5th of May 2022, HBO Max gave us another snippet of the more that featured the conflict over the successor to the Iron Throne that intrigued a major conflict of House of Dragon.
You will also find several poster of the series on HBO Max and other platform. However, the official trailer of the series aired on the 20th July, 2022.
House of Dragon characters and Their Roles
Paddy Considine – King Viserys Targaryen
Paddy considine played the role of the King Viserys Targaryen, who was chosen by the lords of Westeros to suceed the Old king, Jaehaerys Targaryen, at the great council located at Harrenhal.
He is the fifth king of the Targaryen and he ascended the throme when he was 26 years old. He has a six year old child, Rhaenyra who was birthed by his wife, Queen Aemma. Initially, Viserys is deterred to produced a male heir who can suceed but unfortunately, he had a daughter .
This didn’t stop him as he devised a plan to uproot the order of succession entirely by preparing Princess Rhaenyra to be queen. King Viserys is a dragon rider who rides the dragon Balerion. He is a warm hearted , kind man who wished to carry on his grandfather’s legacy.
Matt Smith- Prince Daemon Targaryen
Matt Smith is Prince Daemon in the series House of Dragon and doubles as the younger brother to King Viserys. He is also the heir to the throne. Daemon possesses the true blood of the dragon and has Caraxes as his own dragon. He is thought to be the a Targaryen with a dangerous streak.
Emma D’Arcy-Princess Rhaenys Targaryen
Princess Rhaenys is the King’s first born child. She possesses the pure blood of the Valyrian and she is a dragonrider who rides Meleys. Rhaenys was born with so much energy and strength but the fact that she wasn’t a man was a great disadvantage to her.
She would have been the heir to the Iron Throne but her chances are slim.
Olivia Cooke- Alicent Hightower
Olivia Cooke plays the role of Alicent Hightower, the daughter to the hand of the King, Otto Hightower. She is also the second wife of King Viserys. Alicent Hightower supports the claim of her son Aegon during the Dance of Dragons. She is widely known as one of the most alluring and beautiful women in the Seven Kingdoms, while also possessing a keen mind for politics. She is also a classy woman as she carries herself with so much poise, elegance, and “courtly grace”,
Steve Toussant – Lord Corlys Velaryon
Lord Corlys Velaryon plays the role of Steve Toussant, developing a reputation as the most fearsome sailor in Westeros, earning him the nickname “The Sea Snake.” Princess Rhaenys Velaryon’s husband, Lord Corlys Velaryon, has the most imposing and potent navy fleet among the Seven Kingdoms. He is renowned for doing the impossible and amassing wealth that even the Lannisters (gasp!) would be envious of. The maritime explorer is well-known for having single-handedly made his family one of Westeros’s most revered and feared households.
Fabien Frankel – Ser Criston Cole
Ser Criston Cole is the steward to the Lord of Blackhaven’s family. He is a commoner and the Dornish descendant, who was Rhaenyra Targaryen’s childhood friend, has no titles or lands to his name; instead, his only value comes from the sword he holds in his hand. Ser Criston Cole, a skilled swordsman and member of Viserys’ King’s Guard, has defeated many distinguished knights in competitions around Westeros.
Sonoya Mizuno – Mysaria
Mysaria, a dependable ally and Prince Daemon Targaryen’s suitor. Mysaria is a former prostitute who has been sold more times than she can count and is no stranger to Westeros’ highs and lows. Despite coming from nothing, she is believed to have the fortitude of a bruised gladiator. Fans have compared Mysaria to Varys (The Spider) from Game of Thrones due to her odd penchant for secrets.
Rhys Ifans – Otto Hightower
Otto Hightower is devoted and trustworthy and he is Alicent’s father and the King’s hand. He is less ambitious than many other power-hungry people in King’s Landing, but he views Daemon Targaryen as a threat and the potential downfall of the realm. As a result of this ongoing mistrust, the two have been at odds constantly. The only thing Hightower cares about is paving the road for his daughter Alicent and her son Aegon to inherit the iron throne.
Other House of Dragon cast members include Sonoya Mizuno, Fabien Frankel, Milly Alcock, Emily Carey, Ryan Corr, Jefferson Hall, David Horovitch, Graham McTavish, Matthew Needham, Bill Paterson, Gavin Spokes, and Ewan Mitchell.
How can I watch House of the Dragon?
The house of dragons airs on the HBO cable network and is also accessible on-demand through the HBO Max streaming platform. Both call for subscriptions.
Is House of the Dragon Returning for Season 2?
Yes! Shortly after the series premiered, HBO declared its intention to extend the show for a second season, noting that; the series brought in the largest new series audience in HBO’s history.
When Will House of the Dragon Season 2 Come Out?
In a report by The UK’s BT, the production of House of the Dragon Season 2 has begun, with filming expected to begin in the summer of 2023. However, there is no release date for the yet.
What Will Season 2 Be About?
Season 2 most certainly spans all or parts of the next two years, 129–131 AC. The winner of that time will take the Iron Throne. We can probably anticipate a more conventional chronology without time jumps, even though it’s uncertain how much of the civil war Season 2 will cover.
Who Will Return in Season 2?
The Targaryens, Hightowers, and Velaryons will be represented by the same casts from Season 1 of the game.