Who’s who in the new series

Who’s who in the new series

Who’s who in the new series

Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen, younger brother of King Viserys and heir to the throne of the House of the Dragon.  (Sky/HBO)

Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen, younger brother of King Viserys and heir to the throne of the House of the Dragon. (Sky/HBO)

Kite season is almost upon us as the long awaited one Game of Thrones precursor House of the Dragon is set to drop on August 21st in the US and August 22nd in the UK.

Streaming on HBO in the US and on Sky Atlantic and NOW for UK audiences, the 10-part series follows the powerful Targaryen dynasty and takes place 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones.

House of the Dragon is based on George RR Martin’s 2018 novel Fire and blood which takes a deep dive into Targaryen history and the slow demise of a once great house.

Read more: Where is House of the Dragon filmed?

The 736-page book details the dragon-driven battle for the Iron Throne during their bloody civil war, better known as ‘The Dance of the Dragons’, fought from 129 to 131 AC, in the expansive A Song of Ice and Fire timeline.

Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower and Rhys Ifans as Otto Hightower (Twitter/HouseofDragon)

Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower and Rhys Ifans as Otto Hightower (Twitter/HouseofDragon)

It is expected that the series will largely follow the source material’s novel, as opposed to Game of Throneswhere the series took over George RR Martin’s novels.

Ryan Condal and Miguel Sapochnik serve as showrunners for House of the Dragon and will take over from David Benioff and DB Weiss, who served as showrunners for all eight seasons of Game of Thrones.

Sapochnik is already well-acquainted with the world of Westeros, having directed some of the more significant Thrones episodes, including ‘Battle of the Bastards‘ and the controversial finale,’The winter winds‘. Ryan Condal is a producer and writer and is the executive producer of the American science fiction drama series Colony.

SAN DIEGO, CA – JULY 22: Director Miguel Sapochnik attends

Director Miguel Sapochnik attends Game of Thrones panel during Comic-Con International 2016. (Photo: Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)

The dynamic couple recently discussed adaptation of Fire and blood into House of the Dragon during an appearance on the Coupledom podcast, hosted by Idris and Sabrina Elba.

In the episode, Condal tries to reassure fans that he aims to keep the show as true to George RR. Martin’s work as possible and he also talks about his unique writing relationship with Martin.

Read more: George RR Martin discusses rivalry with LOTR

After the divisive final season of Game of Thrones which resulted in 3 million fans signing a ‘Remake Game of Thrones Season 8’ petition, HBO will surely be keen to keep fans on side with House of the Dragon and get the multi-million dollar franchise back on track.

Ryan Condal at Comic-Con.  (Getty Images)

Ryan Condal at Comic-Con. (Getty Images)

HBO has already canceled another one Thrones prequel, ‘The Long Night’, despite spending millions of dollars on the pilot, which should indicate how serious HBO is about getting House of the Dragon Right.

Maintaining fan loyalty will also be more challenging during the all-important first season, as House of the Dragon will also go up against Amazon’s epic fantasy series, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Powerwhich will be streamed on Prime Video from September 2.

Read on for everything you need to know about House of the Dragon.

House of the Dragon release date and how to watch

House of the Dragon.  (Sky/HBO)

Milly Alcock portrays young Rhaenyra Targaryen and Emily Carey portrays young Alicent Hightower in House of the Dragon. (Sky/HBO)

HBO has officially confirmed that the 10-part series will premiere on 21 August via HBO Max in the US and will be simulcast on Sky Atlantic/NOW in the UK early on 22 August.

Sky and NOW customers in the UK will be able to watch the new series when it premieres.

The show’s official Twitter account broke the news on March 30 this year, with a simple tweet: “August 21st #HouseoftheDragon.” which sent fans into a frenzy online.

A series of teaser tweets then followed with new images of key characters, including King Viserys Targaryen, Prince Daemon Targaryen and Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen.

As House of the Dragon is an HBO series, new episodes will likely follow the same format as Game of Thrones and released weekly instead of releasing all at once on streaming platforms.

Filming for Season 1 began in late April 2021 with Leavesden Studios in England as a home base for production, with exterior scenes shot in several locations in the UK, including Cornwall and Devon.

House of the Dragon cast

Paddy Considine in House of the Dragon (Sky/HBO)

Paddy Considine as King Viserys I Targaryen i House of the Dragon. (Sky/HBO)

As with game of thrones, we get a rounded cast with some fresh talent and familiar faces entering the world of Westeros.

Peaky Blinders Star Paddy Considine stars as King Viserys Targaryen, the fifth Targaryen king to sit on the coveted Iron Throne. HBO describes King Viserys as “a warm, kind and decent man, Viserys only wants to carry on his grandfather’s legacy.”

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Another notable name in the cast is English actor Matt Smith, best known for playing the eleventh incarnation of the Doctor in Doctor Who and for his recent role in Morbiusthe last Spider man spinoff from Sony.

Emma D'Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen (Twitter/HouseofDragon)

Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen (Twitter/HouseofDragon)

Smith will play Prince Daemon Targaryen, the younger brother of King Viserys and heir to the throne. Described by HBO as “an incomparable warrior and a dragon rider, Daemon possesses the true blood of the dragon.”

Beloved Welsh actor Rhys Ifans will star as Otto Hightower, Hand of the King, who loyally and faithfully serves both his king and his kingdom. Ifans has amassed an impressive list of film and television credits during his long career, including, Spider-Man: No Way Home, Five-year engagement, Mr Nice and Notting Hill.

House of the Dragon.  (Sky/HBO)

Fabien Frankel as Ser Criston Cole in House of the Dragon. (Sky/HBO)

Other cast members include Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower and Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon aka “The Sea Snake”.

What happens in House of the Dragon?

Fans of the source material novel, Fire and blood will be familiar with many of the plot lines we can expect to see in the series. That is, of course, if HBO sticks to the source material and resists going off-grid as the seasons progress.

HBO’s official House of the Dragon synopsis reads: “The prequel series finds the Targaryen dynasty at the absolute peak of its power, with more than 15 dragons under its yoke.

House of the Dragon.  (Sky/HBO)

Steve Toussaint as The Sea Snake & Eve Best as Princess Rhaenys Velaryon i House of the Dragon. (Sky/HBO)

“Most empires – real and imagined – crumble from such heights. As for the Targaryens, their slow fall begins almost 193 years before the events of Game of Throneswhen King Viserys Targaryen breaks with a century of tradition by naming his daughter Rhaenyra heir to the Iron Throne.

But when Viserys later fathers a son, the court is shocked when Rhaenyra retains her status as his heir, and seeds of division sow friction across the realm.”

Given that the series will follow the bloody civil war ‘dance of dragons’, we can expect to see some epic dragon battles as different factions of the Targaryen dynasty and their followers face off in the pursuit of power.

House of the Dragon supporter

A new House of the Dragon the trailer was released on May 5 and gave fans a better look at the main characters and some hints about the stories to come.

The extended teaser trailer has been viewed over 12 million times on YouTube and currently has more than 11,000 comments.

House of the Dragon debuts on Sky and NOW on August 22.

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