The highly anticipated Game of Thrones prequel series ‘House of the Dragon’ is coming to HBO and HBO Max real soon, to narrate the untold story of House Targaryen, one that set the siblings against siblings and dragons and dragons. Comprised of ten episodes, the first season of the series is scheduled to air in the second half of 2022. However, the timeline, cast and characters details have been unveiled by the franchise.
It has been two years since the Game of Thrones’ Westeros reign battle reached its finale. And, since then, the GoT devotees have been eagerly waiting for a spinoff.
Hence, giving in the spectators’ desire, a prequel series to Game of Thrones, titled House of the Dragon was announced back in 2019. And, as the series nears its premiere, significant plot, cast and character details have been revealed for the audience’s fulfillment. And, as assumed from the first look dropped by HBO max, the forthcoming saga is no less than the original.
About House of the Dragon
Based on George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” companion book “Fire & Blood,” “House of the Dragon” takes place 300 years before the events of “Game of Thrones.” The series will explore the events of House Targaryen (the House that gave us the Mother of Dragons herself, Daenerys Targaryen) followed with the ugly circumstances that led to the Targaryen civil war, between siblings Aegon II and Rhaenyra, who fought for the throne after the death of their father Viserys I.
Moreover, Martin and Ryan Condal (Colony, Hercules) will serve as co-creators on the series. Miguel Sapochnik and Condal will be showrunners, and the pair will also serve as executive producers along with Martin, Vince Gerardis, Sara Lee Hess and Ron Schmidt.
Cast of House of Dragon
Likewise the Game of Thrones, the House of Dragons also comprises of a vast, star-studded cast.
The actors booked in for the forthcoming fantasy series are,
- Paddy Considine (HBO’s The Third Day and The Outsider),
- Olivia Cooke (Ready Player One),
- Emma D’Arcy (Truth Seekers),
- Matt Smith (The Crown, Doctor Who),
- Steve Toussaint (It’s a Sin, Doctor Who),
- Eve Best (Nurse Jackie, The King’s Speech),
- Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill, The Amazing Spider-Man)
- Sonoya Mizuno (Ex Machina, Crazy Rich Asians)
As revealed by HBO, the central characters adopted by the respective artists are,
Paddy Considine as King Viserys Targaryen.
Viserys was chosen by the lords of Westeros to succeed the Old King, Jaehaerys Targaryen, at the Great Council at Harrenhal. A warm, kind, and decent man, Viserys only wishes to carry forward his grandfather’s legacy, but as we’ve learned from Game of Thrones, good men do not necessarily make for great kings.
Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower.
She’s the daughter of Otto Hightower, the Hand of the King, and the most comely woman in the Seven Kingdoms in House of the Dragons. She was raised in the Red Keep, close to the king and his innermost circle; she possesses both a courtly grace and a keen political acumen.
Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen. The king’s first-born child.
She is of pure Valyrian blood, and she is a dragonrider. Many would say that Rhaenyra was born with everything…but she was not born a man.
Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen.
The younger brother of King Viserys and heir to the throne, Daemon is a peerless warrior and a dragonrider who possesses the true blood of the dragon. But it is said that whenever a Targaryen is born, the gods toss a coin in the air.
Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon aka “The Sea Snake.”
One of the most penetrating chracter of House of the Dragon, the lord of House Velaryon, a Valyrian bloodline as old as House Targaryen, “The Sea Snake,” is the most famed nautical adventurer in the history of Westeros. He built his house into a powerful seat that is even richer than the Lannisters and that claims the largest navy in the world.
Eve Best as Princess Rhaenys Velaryon.
A dragonrider and wife to Lord Corlys Velaryon, “The Queen Who Never Was” was passed over as heir to the throne at the Great Council because the realm favored her cousin, Viserys, simply for being male.
Rhys Ifans as Otto Hightower.
The Hand of the King, who loyally and faithfully serves both his king and his realm. As the Hand sees it, the greatest threat to the realm is the king’s brother, Daemon, and his position as heir to the throne.
Sonoya Mizuno as Mysaria.
She came to Westeros with nothing, sold more times than she can recall, and could have wilted…but instead she rose to become the most trusted — and most unlikely — ally of Prince Daemon Targaryen, the heir to the throne.
Fabien Frankel as Ser Criston Cole.
Of Dornish descent, Ser Criston is the common-born son of the steward to the Lord of Blackhaven. He has no claim to land or titles; all he has to his name is his honor and his preternatural skill with a sword.