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Game of Thrones House of the Dragon Explained

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There is great news for dragon lovers. HBO has announced that it is developing a Game of Thrones prequel serial called House of the Dragon, which will focus fully on the Targaryens dynasty. The network initially announced the news in 2019, right after it was revealed that another possible prequel series, based on the Age of Heroes and starring Naomi Watts would be canceled. As of today, we have a better sense of what the incendiary series has in store. Here is all we have learned thus far about House of the Dragon.

Plot

The Dance of the Dragons will chronicle the Targaryen civil war between brothers Aegon II and Rhaenyra, who battled for the succession after their father Viserys I died. The Dance of the Dragons sets Westeros’ major houses against one another, including the Lannisters and Starks, and saw House Targaryen’s most formidable dragons die. They were extinct soon after the conflict until Daenerys Targaryen in the Game of Thrones gave birthed three dragons 3 centuries later.

Production is already underway

On April 26, HBO announced that the production process of the Dragon had begun. A snapshot of the actors assembling for a socially distant table read was also posted by the production company. The network released the first stills from the forthcoming series on May 5.

Debut in 2022

HBO programming head Casey Blos projected that House of the Dragon will premier in two years during the 2020 Television Critics Association press tour. She also stated that the creative team had already begun writing. The official Game of Thrones Twitter account also stated that production will begin in 2021. The account even showed a preview of the dragons’ appearance. It tweeted that the dragons are on their way.

Based on the George R.R Martin book Fire&Blood

Martin’s book on House Targaryen’s history, which was first published in November 2018, will serve as the basis for the next series. The tale begins 300 years before the Game of Throne events, and it includes important conflicts like the Dance of Dragons (the Targaryen civil war) and the aftermath of the Doom of Valyria, according to the description.

A part of the synopsis on Martin’s website reads:

“House Targaryen, the only line of dragonlords to survive the Doom of Valyria, settled on Dragonstone centuries before the events of A Game of Thrones. Fire and Blood begin with the famous Aegon the Conqueror, the builder of the Iron Throne, and goes on to tell the story of the generations of Targaryens who struggled to keep the throne, all the way up to the civil war that nearly tore the country apart”.

Paddy Considine as Viserys Targaryen

Considine, who has appeared in films such as The Outsider, Peaky Blinders, and Hot Fuzz, will portray King Viserys Targaryen in House of the Dragon. A fresh description for the character was acquired by Entertainment Weekly, hinting at potential narrative lines for the series.

“At the Great Council of Harrenhal, the lords of Westeros elect King Viserys Targaryen to succeed the Old King, Jaehaerys Targaryen. Viserys is a kind, friendly, and respectable man who just wants to continue on his grandfather’s heritage. However, excellent individuals do not often make great monarchs.”

Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower

Alice, the daughter of Ser Otto Hightower, the king’s hand, is played by Ready Player One and Sound of Metal star. According to an HBO description, Alicent is the most comely woman in the Seven Kingdoms. She was reared in the Red Keep, close to the monarch and his inner circle; she possesses both courtly charm and strong political insight.

Matt Smith – Prince Daemon Targaryen

Smith, who has previously been in The Crown and Doctor Who, will portray Viserys’ younger brother and successor to the throne. Daemon is an unrivaled warrior and dragon rider who has the dragon’s real blood. However, it is claimed that the gods throw a coin in the air every time a Targaryen is born “HBO teases the audience.

10 Episodes in a season

House of the Dragon has been renewed for a 10-episode season on HBO. Martin is a co-creator with screenwriter Ryan Condal, who is also scripting the series. Condal is also a co-showrunner and executive producer alongside Miguel Sapochnik, who directed some of Game of Thrones’ most well-known episodes. Executive producers include Martin, Vince Gerardis, Sara Lee Hess, and Ron Schmidt.

Clare Kilner, Geeta V. Patel, and Greg Yaitanes, who is also a co-executive producer, are among the other directors. Game of Thrones earlier revealed that Sapochnik will direct the pilot. At the TCAs, Bloys said that the choice to produce the program was based on the source material. One of the benefits they saw in House of the Dragon was that it included text from George R.R. Martin and the Targaryen history.

What about the Daenerys Targaryen’s part?

Emilia Clarke, who played the Mother of Dragons on Game of Thrones for eight seasons, revealed that she had no knowledge of the Targaryen-centered spin-off. Clarke didn’t seem so down when Fallon mentioned the potential of a Daenerys cameo in the upcoming series (maybe as a glimpse into the Targaryen lineage’s future).

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