The long wait will be soon over as HBO finally reveals the release date of the Game of Thrones prequel series, House of the Dragon. To tease fans of the George R.R. Martin hit TV adaptation more, the network also drops new photos to give everyone a look at what they are about to see.
The filming of House of the Dragon had already wrapped up earlier this year. With that said, it looks like everything is now set for the return of the Targaryens on the small screen.
Everything You Need to Know about House of the Dragon
The upcoming series features the primes of the Targaryens in Westeros, 200 years before the Game of Thrones begins. It will feature the events that led up to the Dance of the Dragon or the civil war amongst the Targaryens over the Iron Throne succession.
Fans have already met the cast members who will play major roles in the series through the released images.
It introduces Princess Rhaenyra (Emma D'Arcy), the eldest child of the current ruler, King Viserys (Paddy Considine); Rhaenyra's uncle Prince Daemon (Matt Smith); King Otto Hightower Hand (Rhys Ifans) and his daughter, Alicent (Olivia Cooke).
It also presents Lord Corlys Velaryon (Steve Toussaint), also known as the Sea Snake, the renowned nautical adventurer in Westeros’ history, per Entertainment Weekly. However, compared to the newly-released photos, they all have different looks, showing their other sides.
Other stars who will be seen in House of the Dragon are Milly Alcock and Emily Carey, who will play the younger versions of Rhaenyra and Alicent. It also includes Fabien Frankel as Ser Criston Cole, the common-born son of Lord of Blackhaven’s steward.
Despite having no claims to any lands or titles, he holds the honor to his name and an otherworldly skill in sword fighting.
In addition, Eve Best will be seen as Princess Rhaenys Targaryen, the queen who never was after being passed over for the Iron Throne because of her male cousin, Viserys. Lastly, it will feature Sonoya Mizuno as Mysaria, the most trusted ally of Prince Daemon.
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Though she does not have a major role in George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood, the Targaryen’s history book, she may have a significant part in the series.
Fans will also see Ryan Corr, Jefferson Hall, David Horovitch, Graham McTavish, Matthew Needham, Bill Paterson, and Gavin Spokes.
Comparing House of the Dragon to Game of Thrones
Matt Smith revealed that House of the Dragon is a completely different series than its sister show, Game of Thrones.
"I think it's really different to the original series, to be honest with you," he told ComicBook. "I mean it has to be. The original series was its own thing and it was, it was so brilliant and, and sort of left a mark in a way that it would be impossible to repeat.”
Although it takes place in the same world, it was set in a different time, giving it a “slightly different identity.”
Elsewhere, the new series’ co-showrunner Miguel Sapochnik revealed how it would be different from the Emmy-award-winning show.
“House of the Dragon has its own tone that will evolve and emerge over the course of the show,” The Hollywood Reporter. “The most important thing for us to do is to respect that show [Game of Thrones] as much as possible and try and complement it rather than reinvent it."
House of the Dragon will premiere on August 21 on HBO Max.
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