It has been somewhat over a decade since Game of Thrones first premiered and around 2 years since its controversial final season. Now, it’s time for some change. The Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon has everyone holding their breaths and waiting for its premiere. The prequel will be based on another novel written by none other than George R.R. Martin. The book is called Fire and Blood. It traces the history of the Targaryen dynasty. The idea for this series came up several years ago in 2016 when Martin pitched the same to HBO. Now that it’s almost here, we’re going to tell you everything you need to know about it.
It was announced on 30th March 2022, that the first season of House of the Dragon will release on 21st August. In the meanwhile, audiences have been blessed with trailers and teasers. In fact, HBO even released character posters to introduce us to the main characters. House of the dragon will exclusively be released on HBO and HBO Max.
Paddy Considine who you may have seen in Peaky Blinders was the first official cast member and will be playing the role of King Viserys Targaryen. He is a kind and gentle man who did not want to let down his family and wanted to carry forward the legacy. He was also chosen by the lords of Westeros to succeed the Old King, Jaehaerys Targaryen.
Olivia Cooke will essay the role of Alicent Hightower. She is the daughter of Otto Hightower and the second wife of King Viserys.
Emma D’Arcy will be playing the King’s firstborn, Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen. Matt Smith will play Prince Daemon Targaryen, brother of King Viserys. Rhys Ifans as Otto Hightower, the Hand of the King. Eve Best will be portraying a dragon rider, Princess Rhaenys Velaryon. And there’s many more interesting characters in store for you.
The series is set almost 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones. As the title suggests, it will be focusing on the Targaryen civil war otherwise known as the “The Dance of the Dragons.” During this turbulent time, families turned on each other, siblings were pitted against siblings, and dragons tore apart other dragons. Everyone gunning for the Iron throne was ready to go to any lengths for it. This civil war was fought between the children of King Viserys I Targaryen — Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and Prince Aegon II Targaryen — following his death. In fact, this is also the period when dragons became extinct. Only after 150 years Daenerys finally hatched three of them. According to the book’s description, it starts with Aegon the Conqueror uniting six out of the seven kingdoms of Westeros.
There’s one more thing that the trailer has given us. There are many fire-breathing majestic dragons flying free in the vast skies above Westeros. If that doesn’t excite you then I do not know what will. Plus, there will be expansive battle scenes that will be visually and stylistically brilliant, fingers crossed.
The first episode was shown during the world premiere in Los Angeles. Viewers said that the show has everything. It supposedly has tension, drama, action and some brilliant performances from the cast. Some even applauded the technical aspects such as costume, music, photography and special effects. Very soon you’ll be able to tell for yourself whether these reactions are legitimate.