For three years now, HBO’s flagship show Game of Thrones has been on hiatus, but the world of Westeros will be back in 2022 after a three-year hiatus.
As a 10-episode adaptation of Fire and Blood, by George RR Martin, it will explore the Targaryen dynasty in its earliest days, taking place 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones.
From its expected release date to its main cast, we’ve covered everything you need to know about the highly anticipated series so far – from its expected release date to its main cast.
This game is expected to be released sometime in the year 2022, but there is no specific date yet. House of the Dragon is expected to be released in the second half of this year, according to George R. R. Martin.
Many well-known actors have already committed to appearing in the series as part of the large ensemble cast that includes Matt Smith and the rest of the aforementioned actors and actresses, as well as Paddy Considine and Rhys Ifans. The rest of the cast has been confirmed, so check out the list below to learn more about each of them and the roles they’ll be playing.
It’s not yet clear what House of the Dragon’s storyline will be, but given that it’s set around 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones, we can expect Targaryen infighting to play a large role. And, of course, dragons will be involved.
HOUSE OF THE DRAGON RELEASE DATE
HBO has said that House of the Dragon will premiere in 2022, but that hasn’t been officially confirmed.
“All ten episodes” have been filmed, according to executive producer George R. R. Martin, but given the amount of effects work required for a show that will feature numerous fire-breathing dragons, we’d be surprised if it premiered before summer 2022.
That assessment appears to be backed up by Martin, as well. According to the author, “So when will you get to see [House of the Dragon]?” I’m wondering when the dragons will perform. I wish I had something to say to you. Many tasks remain to be completed […] and the use of Covid makes forward planning more challenging. During the springtime? Unlikely. Maybe in the summer? It’s possible. Fall? What do you think? When we do, you’ll know.”
HBO’s big ticket series #HouseOfTheDragon confirms to premiere this year. pic.twitter.com/CcBhkbvcEh— LetsOTT Global (@LetsOTT) February 16, 2022
As a result, the show’s final touches, such as special effects and music, could be completed within months rather than years now that filming has been completed, rather than years.
However, House of the Dragon’s first teaser trailer (which you can find further down this article) was released in October 2021, so the show’s post-production schedule is already in motion.
According to a new deal Sky TV signed with HBO in October 2019, HBO shows will be available to the UK’s Sky and Now TV subscribers for “many years to come,” as well as on HBO and Max in the United States.
A few European regions are likely to get HBO Max by the time the 2022 release of House of the Dragon comes around, so the show will be available to watch in a greater number of locations than ever before.
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HOUSE OF THE DRAGON CAST
At a glance, the key House of the Dragon cast looks like this:
- Paddy Considine as King Viserys Targaryen
- Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower
- Emily Carey as Alicent Hightower (younger)
- Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen
- Milly Alcock as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (younger)
- Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen
- Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon – or The Sea Snake, as he’s known
- Eve Best as Princess Rhaenys Velaryon
- Rhys Ifans as Otto Hightower
- Sonoya Mizuno as Mysaria
- Fabien Frankel as Ser Criston Cole
- Wil Johnson as Ser Vaemond Velaryon
- John Macmillan as Ser Laenor Velaryon
- Theo Nate as Ser Laenor Velaryon (younger)
- Savannah Steyn as Lady Laena Velayron
- Graham McTavish as Ser Harrold Westerling
- Ryan Corr as Ser Harwin ‘Breakbones’ Strong
- Jefferson Hall as twins Lord Jason Lannister and Tyland Lannister
- David Horovitch as Grand Maester Mellos
- Matthew Needham as Larys Strong
- Bill Paterson as Lord Lyman Beesbury
- Gavin Spokes as Lord Lyonel Strong
Since the show’s filming began last year, HBO has been fairly open about who is in the cast of House of the Dragon (and who is playing which characters).
Even so, we’ll try to avoid giving away too much of what happens in Fire and Blood by not giving away too much of the plot. We’ll stick to HBO’s official House of the Dragon information here.
King Viserys Targaryen, played by Paddy Considine, has been chosen by the lords of Westeros to succeed his predecessor, Jaehaerys Targaryen, as king of Westeros. He is described by HBO as a ‘warm, kind, and decent man’ who wants to carry on his grandfather’s legacy. But in Westeros, being a “decent man” has never gotten you very far. Daenerys’ older brother, Viserys, is also named after Viserys.
Next, we have the show’s most notable casting choice. Matt Smith, best known for his roles in The Crown and Doctor Who, portrays Viserys’ younger brother, Prince Daemon Targaryen. The heir to the throne of Westeros, he’s described as an unmatched warrior, and he’s also capable of riding dragons, which makes him sound like trouble. As we’ll see in a moment, not everyone in Westeros is a fan of Daemon.
Flipping to another Targaryen, we’ll do that now. She’s the first-born daughter of Viserys, and it sounds like her only big drawback in Truth Seekers is that she is a woman in a world that prefers men in positions of power. Even so, she’s a pure Valyrian, and she can ride a dragon. Rhaenyra will be played by Milly Alcock, who will portray a younger version of her.
Olivia Cooke, best known for her role in Ready Player One, takes on the role of Alicent Hightower. As the daughter of Rhys Ifans’ Otto Hightower, the King’s Hand, she is politically astute and closely associated with the king and his allies. Daemon’s position as heir to the throne worries Hightower, who doesn’t believe in him. In the role of Alicent’s younger self, Emily Carey will take on the role.
Lord Corlys Velaryon, also known as the Sea Snake, is played by Steve Toussaint. As the head of Westeros’ largest navy and a renowned seafarer, he has a lot of nautical energy. Hulu claims that the Velaryon bloodline goes back even further than that of Targaryen. Interestingly, Deadline reported in March 2021 that HBO was considering a spin-off that would focus on this character specifically.
Princess Rhaenys Velaryon, played by Eve Best, is Corlys’ wife. She was in the running for the throne of Westeros, but the Great Council chose her cousin, Viserys, instead. What’s the deal? In contrast to her, he is male. On the show, that’s going to be a major source of conflict.
In keeping with family members, Wil Johnson portrays Corlys’ younger brother, Ser Vaemond Velaryon. Laenor Velaryon, the eldest of Corlys and Rhaenys’ three children, is played by Savannah Steyn in the film as well as by John Macmillan and Theo Nate (older and younger, respectively).
As for Mysaria, HBO says she has been sold “more times than she can remember” by Devs. Sonoya Mizuno plays her. She’s risen from obscurity to become Prince Daemon Targaryen’s closest ally, giving her considerable influence in Westeros.
Fabien Frankel is portraying the Dornish lad Ser Criston Cole in the show’s lead role. Despite his status as a commoner, you can expect him to play a significant role in the larger House of the Dragon storey.
He’ll be playing Ser Harrold Westerling, a chivalrous and honourable member of the Kingsguard who has been serving since King Jaehaerys’s reign. McTavish also starred in the second season of The Witcher, so it’s clear that the actor is currently immersed in the world of epic fantasy.
Ryan Corr plays Ser Harwin “Breakbones” Strong; Jefferson Hall portrays Lord Jason Lannister and Tyland Lannister; David Horovitch portrays Grand Maester Mellos; Matthew Needham portrays Larys Strong; Bill Paterson portrays Lord Lyman Beesbury; and Gavin Spokes portrays Lord Lyman (as Lord Lyonel Strong).
HOUSE OF THE DRAGON STORY
There will be ambition, incest, and, of course, flying, fire-breathing reptiles in the new Game of Thrones prequel series about House Targaryen. GRRM admitted as much on his blog, where he said, “There will be dragons, that much is certain. Everyone else has done so, why should I be different?”
Fire and Blood, Martin’s 2018 novel, was the basis for the new show, which annoyed some fans because it wasn’t the long-awaited sixth novel in the A Song of Ice and Fire saga, A Dance With Dragons, which came out in 2010.
Tolkien’s “GRRMarillion” non-novel, which chronicles Middle-pre-Lord earth’s of the Rings history, is a reference to the Targaryen family’s dragon-riding history in the book.
According to House of the Dragon’s chronology, it will take place 200 years prior to Game of Thrones. Although we’ve learned a lot about the Targaryen family through their character descriptions, nothing else has been revealed about how the storey will unfold.
Gods. Kings. Fire. Blood.@HouseOfDragon is coming to HBO Max in 2022. #HouseoftheDragon pic.twitter.com/16aV66l07i— HBO Max (@hbomax) October 5, 2021
“Gods. Kings. Fire. Blood.” are the mysterious words uttered by an ominous Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith) in our first trailer. We weren’t kings because of our dreams. Despite the fact that this doesn’t reveal too much about the plot of the show, Dragons did.
We can, however, make some educated guesses. Along with the stories of other major Westerosi houses like the Baratheons, Tyrells and Lannisters, there is likely to be plenty of familial in-fighting in this series.
However, because this is a prequel we know exactly where it’s going – unlike in Game of Thrones where we don’t know what’s going to happen until we get there.
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HOUSE OF THE DRAGON CREATORS: WHO’S MAKING IT?
The new Game of Thrones prequel series was created by George R. R. Martin and Ryan Condal, according to a Twitter announcement in October 2019. As the showrunner of the USA Network alien invasion drama Colony and the screenwriter of the Dwayne Johnson-starring game adaptation Rampage, Condal is best known.
Condal and Miguel Sapochnik, who wrote the show, will share the showrunning duties. Director Sapochnik is best known for helming some of Game of Thrones’ most epic episodes, such as Battle of the Bastards and The Long Night. He will also direct multiple episodes of House of the Dragon, including the pilot.
Dreams didn’t make us kings. Dragons did.— House of the Dragon (@HouseofDragon) October 5, 2021
The @HBO original series #HouseoftheDragon is coming to @HBOMax in 2022. #HBOMaxEurope pic.twitter.com/y29bn3nFIA
Vince Gerardis, Sara Lee Hess, and Ron Schmidt have also been named as producers. Other filmmakers involved in the project are: Clare Kilner, Geeta V. Patel, and Greg. Yaitanes.
In addition, Variety reports that the V stage, a new virtual production stage at Warner Bros. Studios in Leavesden, UK, will be used for the first time by House of the Dragon, which we presume could be similar to the MicroLED display stages used by The Mandalorian.
Composer Ramin Djawadi, most famous for his work on Game of Thrones, will return to score House of the Dragon.
HOUSE OF THE DRAGON TRAILER
The show’s first teaser trailer, released in October, gave us our first look at House of the Dragon. Below, you can see it.
Perhaps in April or May of 2022, we’ll see a full-length trailer for the film.