HBO has provided fans with a preview of the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel: House of the Dragon. Set 300 years before the events of the main series, the story will depict House Targaryen in their glory days, as well as the Targaryen civil war that set sibling against sibling, dragon against dragon, eventually becoming known as ‘The Dance of the Dragons’ in author George R.R. Martin’s fictional history/universe.
Co-creators George R.R. Martin & Ryan Condal (Colony, Hercules) will serve as showrunners alongside Miguel Sapochnik; the latter of whom has most notably directed the epic season 6 episode 9 instalment of the original series, more commonly known as “Battle of the Bastards.” Game of Thrones and Westworld composer Ramin Djawadi is also set to return.
“I think it’ll be a really exciting cast, I think it’s a wonderful legacy to be a part of, and a wonderful world, and it’s a great part,” says The Crown star Matt Smith, who portrays Prince Daemon Targaryen.
“And without saying too much, yeah… I’m just sort of looking forward to riding a few dragons.”
House Of The Dragon Cast & Characters
- King Viserys Targaryen (portrayed by Paddy Considine)
“Viserys was chosen by the lords of Westeros to succeed the Old King, Jaehaerys Targaryen, at the Great Council in 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.”
- Alicent Hightower (portrayed by Olivia Cooke)
“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.”
- Princess Rahimyar Targaryen (portrayed by Emma D’Arcy)
“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.”
- Prince Daemon Targaryen (portrayed by Matt Smith)
“The younger brother of King Viserys and heir to the throne, Daemon is a peerless warrior and a dragonrider who 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.”
- Lord Corlys Velaryon AKA “The Sea Snake” (portrayed by Steve Toussaint)
“The Lord of House Velaryon, a Valyrian bloodline as old as House Targaryen, “The Sea Snake” is the most famed nautical adventurer in the history of Westeros. He built his house into a powerful seat that is even richer than the Lannisters and that claims the largest navy in the world.”
- Princess Rhaenys Velaryon (portrayed by Eve Best)
“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 favoured her cousin, Viserys, simply for being male.”
- Otto Hightower (portrayed by Rhys Ifans)
“The Hand of the King, who 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.”
- Mysaria (portrayed by Sonoya Mizuno)
“She came to Westeros with nothing, sold more times than she can recall, and 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.”
- Ser Criston Cole (portrayed by Fabien Frankel)
“Of Dornish descent, Ser Criston is the common-born son of the steward to the Lord of Blackhaven. He has no claim to land or titles; all he has to his name is his honour and his preternatural skill with a sword.”
Check out the first images from the set of HBO’s House of the Dragon below.