With the haunting score, the scheming, and the hints of impending battles, we are officially back in Westeros. Since HBO announced plans for a Game of Thrones spinoff, it’s been quite a rollercoaster.
First, there were the five pitches that were floating around, and then there was the canceled pilot. In the Game of Thrones spinoff territory, things were a little tense. However, The House of the Dragon rose from the ashes, and we now have our first look at the upcoming TV series. And it is to be said that people are pretty intrigued.
The planned series is a deep dive into the Targaryen family, based on George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood. According to HBO, the series is set 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones, which means we’re on the verge of a Targaryen civil war. Which is known as “The Dance of the Dragons,” and is the deadly conflict that brought dragons to extinction… well, until Daenerys appears more than a century later.
The trailer also shows off a few of our major players. Paddy Considine will play King Viserys I, Olivia Cooke will play Alicent Hightower, Rhys Ifans will play Hand of King Otto Hightower, Steve Toussaint will play Lord Corlys Velaryon, Fabien Frankel will play Ser Criston Cole of Dorn, Sonoya Mizuno will play Mysaria, and Emma D’Arcy will play Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen.
And, of course, Matt Smith as Daemon Targaryen, who in the chilling voiceover, says, “Gods, kings, fire, and blood. Dreams didn’t make us kings, dragons did.”
In addition to this exciting first look of the series, HBO also announced a slew of new cast members, all of whom are linked to Toussaint and Best’s characters—so extended Targaryen clan members. Wil Johnson plays Ser Vaemond Velaryon, Coryls Velaryon’s younger brother; and John Macmillan, Savannah Steyn, and Theo Nate as Coryls and Rhaenys’ children.
As per Nerdist, Martin and Ryan Condal co-created the series and are also executive producers of it. Condal, who is also writing on the series, is co-showrunner with Miguel Sapochnik, a Game of Thrones’ director who directed several acclaimed episodes.
Sapochnik, who also serves as an executive producer, is directing the pilot and several other episodes.
Fans are curious about what to expect from the new series and it is not too far away. House of the Dragon debuts in 2022.