Game of Thrones' House of the Dragon

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Photo credit: Twitter - HBO

House of the Dragon, HBO Max's eagerly-anticipated Game of Thrones prequel, has unveiled its first teaser trailer – and what it lacks in fire-breathing creatures, it makes up for with epic-looking sword fights, jousting sessions and a whole lot of precarious power plays.

Based on George RR Martin's book Fire and Blood, which was published back in 2018, House of the Dragon takes place 200 years before the events of the original TV series.

It centres, predominantly, on the Targaryen dynasty (you know, Daenerys' ancestors?) and the civil war that blackened its name.

Photo credit: Twitter - HBO
Photo credit: Twitter - HBO

"Gods, kings, fire, and blood. Dreams didn't make us kings, dragons did," explains Prince Daemon Targaryen (Doctor Who star Matt Smith), heir to the Iron Throne of Westeros and younger brother of King Viserys Targaryen (Peaky Blinders' Paddy Considine).

Other characters who can be spotted in the minute-long video include King Viserys's dragon-riding daughter Princess Rhaenyra (Truth Seekers' Emma D'Arcy), Lady Alicent Hightower (Bates Motel's Olivia Cooke), Mysaria (Devs' Sonoya Mizuno), and Lord Corlys 'Sea Snake' Velaryon (Steve Toussaint), the Seven Kingdoms' most famed mariner who went on to marry Viserys' cousin Rhaenys (The Winx Saga's Eve Best), 'The Queen Who Never Was'.

As readers of the novel will already know, Viserys' Hand of the King is Otto Hightower (played by Rhys Ifans), who regards Daemon as the realm's biggest threat. Alicent, Otto's daughter, was raised in the Red Keep and was close to Rhaenyra before things between the families went sideways.

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Photo credit: HBO Max - HBO

Milly Alcock and Emily Carey will play young versions of Rhaenyra and Alicent, respectively, while Wil Johnson (Outlander) is on board to play Ser Vaemond Velaryon, the Sea Snake's younger brother and commander in the Velaryon navy.

John Macmillan (The Nevers), Savannah Steyn (Intergalactic), and Theo Nate will bring Ser Laenor Velaryon, Lady Laena Velayron, and Ser Laenor Velaryon, the Sea Snake's children, to life.

HBO Max released the footage as part of an international press event for its European rollout, which will see it go live across countries such as Spain, Greece, Portugal, the Netherlands, Iceland and Central and Eastern Europe.

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