HBO’s ‘House Of The Dragon’ Trailer #2 Alone Might Redeem ‘Game Of Thrones’

After confirming the first Game of Thrones spin-off series premieres this winter – a tactical move to steal Amazon Prime Video’s thunder in the lead up to The Lord of the Rings series’ release – HBO has now dropped another House of the Dragon trailer to stoke the fires of anticipation.

The brand new teaser is rich with both Easter and dragon eggs. And as countless have noted, the production value certainly lives up to HBO’s reputation. From featuring a scene wherein Lord Rickard Stark, Corlys Velaryon, and Boremund Baratheon pledge allegiance to King Viserys I Targaryen, Harrenhal in all its former glory, to the obligatory appearance from the odd dragon (or two)… everything just looks right. Hell, on the merit of this latest House of the Dragon trailer alone, we’re almost inclined to give the franchise a pass for Game of Throne’s disastrous final season. Almost.

“I think we were very respectful of what the original show is,” says Co-creator & Showrunner Miguel Sapochnik, who’s joined by Ryan Condal and author George R.R. Martin in the same capacity.

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“It wasn’t broken, so we’re not trying to reinvent the wheel. House of the Dragon has its own tone that will evolve and emerge over the course of the show. But first, it’s very important to pay respects and homage to the original series, which was pretty groundbreaking.”

“We’re standing on the shoulders of that show and we’re only here because of that show. So the most important thing for us to do is to respect that show as much as possible and try and complement it rather than reinvent it.”

“And I was involved in making the original show, so I feel like that’s been useful. Like, I’m not arriving going, ‘Let’s change everything! Let’s do a different colour palette!’ No, I quite like the colour palette.”

Side note: it also helps original series composer Ramin Djawadi has returned to craft a rousing score.

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“I think it’s a wonderful legacy to be a part of and a wonderful world, and it’s a great part,” The Crown star Matt Smith previously stated, who portrays Prince Daemon Targaryen.

“And without saying too much, yeah… I’m just sort of looking forward to riding a few dragons.”

Set 300 years before the events of the main series, the story depicts House Targaryen at the height of their power – shortly after departing from Valyria and landing in Westeros – leading into the famed Targaryen civil war that set sibling against sibling, dragon against dragon. Eventually, what transpired would be immortalised as ‘The Dance of the Dragons’ in author George R.R. Martin’s fictional history/universe.

Here’s a quick guide to the major players and their respective actors:

  • 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 dragon rider. 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 dragon rider 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.”

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  • 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 dragon rider 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.”

As for the release date, you can expect House of the Dragon to hit both HBO and HBO Max on August 21st of 2022 (plus Australia’s Binge and Foxtel around the same time) – check out trailer #2 above.