House of the Dragon

House of the Dragon

(2022)

1 Seasons

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August 22, 2022

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Synopsis

Experience the Targaryen’s rule and discover how the family lost their control of the Seven Kingdoms. Taking place 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones, House of the Dragon chronicles the political and familial turmoil that lead to the infamous Dance of the Dragons. House of the Dragon is a prequel based on George R. R. Martin's 2018 novel Fire & Blood. It takes place in continuity with Game of Thrones, which ran from 2011 until 2019. The fantasy series was created for television by George R. R. Martin and Ryan J. Condal.

Cast

Paddy Considine sits on the Iron Throne as King Viserys Targaryen, the fifth king of the Seven Kingdoms. Viserys’ younger brother, Prince Daemon Targaryen, is portrayed by Matt Smith. Emma D’Arcy stars as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, Viserys’ first born child who waits to become the first female ruler of the Seven Kingdoms. Rhys Ifans plays Ser Otto Hightower, one of the king’s closest confidants and father of Lady Alicent Hightower, played by Olivia Cooke. Known as the most beautiful woman in the Seven Kingdoms, Alicent was raised in the Red Keep and is an important figure in the king’s inner circle. Steve Toussaint plays Lord Corlys Velaryon, head of the house of Velaryon and the most famous seafarer in the history of Westeros. Eve Best takes on the role of Princess Rhaenys Velaryon, a character also known as “The Queen Who Never Was” after her grandfather, King Jaehaerys, selected her cousin Viserys instead of her as the ruler of the Seven Kingdoms. Sonoya Mizuno plays Mysaria, a dancer and Prince Daemon’s most trusted ally.

Where can I stream House of the Dragon?

House of the Dragon is an HBO series that will be available to stream on HBO Max starting August 21, 2022.

Source Material

House of the Dragon is a spinoff of HBO’s hugely popular series, Game of Thrones. Both of the series draw inspiration from A Song of Ice and Fire, the fantasy novels written by George R. R. Martin. A Game of Thrones, the first of these books, was published in 1996 and opened up literary fans to a world of rival families, a kingdom’s future hanging in the balance, and, of course, dragons. The events that take place in House of the Dragon are taken from Martin’s novel, Fire and Blood. The book explores the history of House Targaryen, one of the prominent families in A Song of Ice and Fire. The family ruled the Seven Kingdoms for nearly 300 years and “Fire and Blood” are the words emblazoned on their coat of arms. The Targaryens are famed for their origins – they hail from Essos, a continent to the east of Westeros – as well as their trademark ice blonde hair, and their famous dragons. Martin would go on to write five Game of Thrones books with two more on the way. The wait for the novels impacted more than just his loyal fans – the storylines of season 6, 7, and 8 of Game of Thrones were created without any new books to use as material guides. As House of the Dragon is a prequel series, much of the plot takes place 200 years before the events of the Game of Thrones TV show and is based on short stories and novellas written by Martin.

Production: Timeline, news & updates

  • November 2018: George R. R. Martin, creator of A Song of Ice and Fire, speculates the creation of a spinoff series based solely on the material in his novel Fire and Blood. (Source: The Guardian)
  • October 2019: A series based on Fire and Blood is given a series order by HBO. Ryan J. Condal and Miguel Saponchik, who won an Emmy for directing the Game of Thrones episode “Battle of the Bastards” are hired as the series’ showrunners. (Source: The Hollywood Reporter)
  • January 2020: HBO’s President of Programming, Casey Bloys, announces that the writing process of the show has already begun and the premiere will be sometime in 2022. (Source: Deadline Hollywood)
  • July 2020: Casting begins and the bulk of the hiring continues through to February 2021. Paddy Considine, Matt Smith, Emma D’Arcy, and Olivia Cooke are cast as Viserys Targaryen, Daemon Targaryen, Rhaenyra Targaryen and Alicent Hightower. Rhys Ifans, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best and Sonoya Mizuno are added to the cast in February. (Source: Deadline Hollywood)
  • April 2021: Principal photography of the 10 episode season begins in the United Kingdom where most of the filming will take place. Other filming locations include Spain and California. (Source: Esquire)
  • October 5, 2021: A teaser trailer for the series is released on HBO Max’s YouTube channel. (Source: Polygon)

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Rating

Genres

Science-Fiction , Romance , Action & Adventure , Drama , Fantasy

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Cast

Paddy Considine
Viserys Targaryen
Matt Smith
Daemon Targaryen
Olivia Cooke
Alicent Hightower
Emma D'Arcy
Rhaenyra Targaryen
Steve Toussaint
Lord Corlys 'The Sea Snake' Velaryon
Eve Best
Rhaenys Velaryon
Fabien Frankel
Ser Criston Cole
Rhys Ifans
Otto Hightower
Ray Strachan
Lord Arthur Velaryon

House of the Dragon will be available to stream on HBO Max from August 22, 2022.