Good news, Game of Thrones gang. Although it's been nearly three (yes, three!) years since our fave fantasy series came to an end, we don't have too much longer to wait until the show is back on screens. In fact, HBO just announced the *official* release date for GOT prequel House of the Dragon – so the countdown is well and truly on. Here's everything we know about House of the Dragon so far...
Have we got a House of the Dragon trailer yet?
Yes! The first proper trailer for the Game Of Thrones spin-off dropped on 5 May, and already fans are besides themselves with excitement. The trailer shows a revamped iron throne, as well as an idea of the storyline: King Viserys Targaryen (Paddy Considine) chooses his daughter Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Emma D’Arcy) to succeed him, over his brother and rightful heir Prince Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith). Oooh.
Who will star in House of the Dragon?
The casting process for the 10-episode season started over summer 2020, and we now have some information on who will be filling the coveted roles. Bates Motel's Olivia Cooke, Truth Seekers star Emma D’Arcy and Doctor Who actor Matt Smith are the latest stars to join the series. And we have our first look pictures of the cast in full costume on set.
Olivia will play Alicent Hightower, the daughter of Otto Hightower who will be played by Rhys Ifans, while Emma is set to star as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen. Meanwhile, Matt will play Prince Daemon Targaryen, the younger brother of King Viserys Targaryen. We also know Peaky Blinders and The Third Day's Paddy Considine will be playing King Viserys Targaryen, successor to Jaehaerys Targaryen, and It's a Sin star Steve Toussaint will play Lord Corlys Velaryon aka 'The Sea Snake', a nautical adventurer and Lord of House Velaryon.
What will House of the Dragon be about?
The new HBO show is based on George R.R. Martin's Fire & Blood and is set 300 years before GoT as it charts the reign of the Targaryen family in the Seven Kingdoms. Ryan Condal will act as showrunner alongside veteran GoT director Miguel Sapochnik, who was behind The Battle of the Bastards and The Winds of Winter episodes.
Giving some insight into why House of the Dragon will succeed where the last spin-off starring Naomi Watts didn't, HBO programming president Casey Bloys shared with Deadline: "In development, in pilots, sometimes things come together, sometimes they don’t. One of the things I think Jane [Goldman] took on beautifully, which was a challenge, there was a lot more world creation because she set hers 8,000 years before the show, so it required a lot more.
"That is a big swing. One of the things about House of Dragons, there is a text, there is a book so that made it a little bit more of a road map for a series order.”
When will House of the Dragon be released?
HBO announced this week that the much-anticipated series will premiere in the US on 21 August 2022, and will screen in the UK on Sky Atlantic and NOW just one day later on 22 August. SO! SOON!
— House of the Dragon (@HouseofDragon) March 30, 2022
Yep, our excitement levels have truly peaked! Time to rewatch (read: binge) the first eight series of GOT all over again...
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