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House of The Dragon Release Date, Trailer, Cast and Everything So Far.

Game of thrones prequel will be released in 2022.

The land of Westeros is finally returning after two years since the Game of Thrones finale went down like a lead balloon.

The 10-episode House of the Dragon, based on George R. R. Martin’s 2018 novel Fire and Blood, will explain the Targaryen dynasty’s origins 200 years before the events of the original program.

The highly anticipated series will premiere on HBO in the United States and Sky Atlantic in the United Kingdom in 2022. (Or HBO Max in both regions, by that point).

We already know a lot about House of the Dragon because HBO revealed public information on its core cast of characters and actors ahead of leaks, and we’ll go through everything we know about the program so far, from its current trailer to its projected premiere date, down below.

House of the Dragon Release Date

We don’t have a specific release date yet, but it has been confirmed for 2022. House of the Dragon is set to be released in the second part of next year.

House of the Dragon does not yet have a set release date, though HBO has stated that it will be released in 2022. Given the amount of special effects work required for a show with multiple fire-breathing dragons, we doubt it will air before next spring. That is between March and June for our Australian readers.

In an interview with Chicago’s WTTW TV station (as reported by the Sun), George R. R. Martin stated: “It’ll probably come on next spring, I guess.”

We did get our first trailer in October, which you can see further down this article, but the footage was restricted, and we’re likely to see a lot more post-production work before we see the finished result.

House of The Dragon Release Date, Trailer, Cast and Everything So Far.
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In July 2021, construction on House of the Dragon was momentarily interrupted after a crew member tested positive for Covid-19, owing to the ongoing global pandemic. Shooting resumed two days later, according to Entertainment Weekly, and the delay is not expected to affect the release schedule.

The series will premiere on HBO and HBO Max in the United States, as well as Sky and Now TV in the United Kingdom, thanks to a new arrangement Sky TV inked with HBO in October 2019 that will keep HBO shows on the platforms “for many years to come.”

By the year 2022, HBO Max will have expanded to European regions as well, ensuring that House of the Dragon will be available to watch in more places than ever before.

House of the Dragon Trailer

The show’s first teaser trailer, which was released in October, gave us our first official glimpse at House of the Dragon. You can see it in the video below.

We’re expecting a full-length trailer closer to the release date, so maybe in January or February of next year.

House of the Dragon cast

As part of the series’ large ensemble cast, Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Paddy Considine, Emma D’Arcy, Sonoya Mizuno, and Steve Toussaint appear. More information on who they’re playing, as well as the other confirmed cast members, can be found below.

The main House of the Dragon cast is as follows:

  • King Viserys Targaryen is played by Paddy Considine.
  • Alicent Hightower is played by Olivia Cooke.
  • Alicent Hightower is played by Emily Carey (younger)
  • Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Emma D’Arcy)
  • Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen is played by Milly Alcock (younger)
  • Prince Daemon Targaryen is played by Matt Smith.
  • Lord Corlys Velaryon – or The Sea Snake, as he’s known — is played by Steve Toussaint.
  • Princess Rhaenys Velaryon is played by Eve Best.
  • Otto Hightower is played by Rhys Ifans.
  • Mysaria is played by Sonoya Mizuno.
  • Ser Criston is played by Fabien Frankel. Cole
  • Ser Vaemond Velaryon is played by Wil Johnson.
  • Ser Laenor Velaryon is played by John Macmillan.
  • Ser Laenor Velaryon is played by Theo Nate (younger)
  • Lady Laena Velayron is played by Savannah Steyn.
  • Graham McTavish is an unnamed character.

Now that filming on House of the Dragon has begun, HBO has been very forthcoming about who is in the cast and who will play specific characters. This will undoubtedly prevent information about the show from leaking out – however there is one more cast member who has confirmed his involvement in the series ahead of the official announcement, which we’ll discuss below.

We’re going to be careful with spoilers here, because delving into the events of Fire and Blood could lead to the show’s story being spoiled. We’re simply going to show you how the characters start off in House of the Dragon based on what HBO has disclosed so far.

Paddy Considine stars as Monarch Viserys Targaryen, who is chosen by the lords of Westeros to succeed the previous king, Jaehaerys Targaryen. He is described by HBO as a “kind, compassionate, and respectable man” whose major ambition is to carry on his grandfather’s legacy. But when has been a “good man” ever gotten you anywhere in Westeros other than dead? Daenerys’ older brother, Viserys, is also named Viserys.

Let’s go on to the show’s most high-profile casting. Matt Smith (The Crown, Doctor Who) plays Viserys’ younger brother, Prince Daemon Targaryen. He’s the heir to the throne of Westeros, described as an unrivalled warrior who can also ride dragons, and he sounds like disaster waiting to happen. As we’ll see below, not everyone in Westeros appears to be a fan of Daemon.

Let’s take a look at another Targaryen. Emma D’Arcy of Truth Seekers portrays Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, Viserys’ firstborn child — it sounds like her only major flaw in this drama is that she is a woman in a world that favors men in positions of authority. But, hey, she can ride dragons and is descended from Valyrian royalty. Princess Rhaenyra will be played by Milly Alcock in a younger incarnation.

Alicent Hightower is played by Olivia Cooke, who previously starred in Ready Player One. She’s politically astute and works closely with the king and his friends; she’s also the daughter of Rhys Ifans’ Hand of the King, Otto Hightower. Hightower has little faith in Daemon and considers his position as successor to the kingdom to be precarious. Emily Carey will portray Alicent when she is younger.

Lord Corlys Velaryon, often known as the Sea Snake, is played by Steve Toussaint. He has a lot of nautical energy, as he commands Westeros’ largest navy and is a well-known high-seas adventurer. According to HBO, the Velaryon family is as old as House Targaryen. Interestingly, Deadline claimed in March 2021 that HBO was developing a spin-off focused just on this character.

Princess Rhaenys Velaryon, played by Eve Best, is Corlys’ wife. She was a strong contender for the throne of Westeros, but the Great Council chose her cousin, Viserys, over her as successor. What is the explanation for this? He is a guy, while she isn’t. That’ll undoubtedly be a subject of tremendous conflict on the show.

Wil Johnson, who plays Ser Vaemond Velaryon, Corlys’ younger brother and a captain in the Velaryon navy, continues the theme of Corlys’ relatives. Lady Laena Velayron, the daughter of Corlys and Rhaenys, is played by Savannah Steyn, while Ser Laenor Velaryon is played by John Macmillan and Theo Nate (older and younger, respectively).

Sonoya Mizuno (Devs) plays Mysaria, a character who has been “sold more times than she can recollect,” according to HBO. She has survived a life of destitution, though, and now serves as Prince Daemon Targaryen’s closest ally, making her a pretty prominent figure in Westeros.

Ser Criston Cole, a Dornish youth played by Fabien Frankel, is the final member of the officially revealed cast. He’s a commoner, but HBO says he kicks ass with a sword, so expect him to play a crucial role in House of the Dragon’s greater tale.

Finally, after being spotted on set, The Hobbit actor Graham McTavish revealed to Stylist that he is a part of the cast for the show. However, since he hasn’t been formally added to the cast by HBO, it’s unclear who he’ll be playing. The actor is certainly in the mood for epic fantasy right now, as he’s also appearing in The Witcher season 2.

As we discover more about who will be appearing in this massive production, we will update this cast list.

House of The Dragon Release Date, Trailer, Cast and Everything So Far.
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House of the Dragon Story Plot

The premise of the program hasn’t been announced yet, but given that it’s set about 200 years before Game of Thrones, we may expect it to feature a lot of Targaryen infighting. And, yeah, dragons will be present.

Expect ambition, incest, and, of course, winged, fire-breathing lizards in the forthcoming Game of Thrones prequel series, which centers on House Targaryen. On his blog, George R. R. Martin confirmed the latter, admitting, “I can assure you that dragons will appear. That’s what everyone else has said, so why not me?”

As previously stated, the new show is based on Martin’s 2018 novel Fire and Blood, which irritated some fans by not being The Winds of Winter, the long-awaited sixth novel in the A Song of Ice and Fire saga – it’s been ten years since the previous instalment, A Dance with Dragons, was released.

Instead, the book is a chronicle of the dragon-riding Targaryen family, which the author has dubbed the “GRRMarillion,” a reference to J. R. R. Tolkien’s thick non-novel about Middle-pre-Lord earths of the Rings history.

House of the Dragon will take place 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones. The series claims to depict the story of House Targaryen, but other than what we’ve gathered from the character descriptions, nothing else about the plot has been revealed.

The first clip, which you can watch below, features a scary Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith) uttering the enigmatic lines “Gods. Kings. Fire. Blood.” We didn’t become rulers because of our dreams. “Dragons did” – however that doesn’t reveal anything about the plot of the show.

We can still make educated guesses. There will almost certainly be a lot of family feuding — the Targaryens were dysfunctional even before Viserys and Daenerys – as well as origin stories for other key Westerosi families like the Baratheons, Tyrells, and Lannisters.

The first clip, which you can watch below, features a scary Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith) uttering the enigmatic lines “Gods. Kings. Fire. Blood.” We didn’t become rulers because of our dreams. “Dragons did” – however that doesn’t reveal anything about the plot of the show.

We can still make educated guesses. There will almost certainly be a lot of family feuding — the Targaryens were dysfunctional even before Viserys and Daenerys – as well as origin stories for other key Westerosi families like the Baratheons, Tyrells, and Lannisters.

To put it another way, House of the Dragon appears to contain the same mix of epic battles, political intrigue, and betrayals as Game of Thrones, with one big difference: because it’s a prequel, we already know where it’s going.

House of The Dragon Release Date, Trailer, Cast and Everything So Far.
Image credit: HBO.

Who is creator of House of the Dragon

George R. R. Martin and Ryan Condal devised the new Game of Thrones prequel series, according to a Twitter statement made in October 2019. Condal is most known for co-creating and directing the USA Network alien invasion thriller Colony, as well as writing the Dwayne Johnson-led game adaption Rampage.

Condal will write the show and collaborate with Miguel Sapochnik on its direction. Sapochnik helmed many episodes of House of the Dragon, including the pilot, and directed some of Game of Thrones’ most epic episodes, including Battle of the Bastards in season 6 and The Long Night in season 8.

Vince Gerardis, Sara Lee Hess, and Ron Schmidt are among the other confirmed producers. Clare Kilner, Geeta V Patel, and Greg Yaitanes are among the series’ directors.

House of the Dragon will also be the first show to utilize the V stage, a new virtual production stage at Warner Bros. Studios in Leavesden, UK – which we assume will be similar to the Mandalorian’s MicroLED display stages.

And, perhaps most importantly, composer Ramin Djawadi will return from Game of Thrones to compose the score for House of the Dragon.

Game of thrones spin off – What took place to the Game of Thrones prequel series

The other prequel series appeared to be a huge success. This one, set 8,000 years before the events of Game of Thrones and one of five prospective spin-off shows commissioned by HBO, appeared to be the most likely to get the green light. During the summer of 2019, HBO even shot a pilot episode.

The untitled series would have purportedly detailed the story of the First Men, the Children of the Forest, and the creation of the White Walkers, according to Jane Goldman, whose credits include Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class, and Kingsman.

John Simm (Life on Mars, Doctor Who), Miranda Richardson (Blackadder II, Good Omens), Jamie Campbell Bower (The Twilight Saga: New Moon, King Arthur), and Naomi Ackie (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, The End of the F***ing World) rounded out an excellent group.

All seemed to be going well until HBO announced in October 2019 that the show would not be renewed. So, what was the source of the broadcaster’s apprehension?

“Sometimes things come together in development, in pilots, and sometimes they don’t,” HBO President of Programming Casey Bloys told Deadline. “One of the things I think Jane [Goldman] did well, which was a difficulty, was that she had to do a lot more world construction because hers was set 8,000 years before the [parent] program, so it required a lot more.” One of the things I like about House of Dragons [sic] is that it has a text and a book, so it’s more of a road map for a series sequence.

“Jane did an excellent job; it was a difficult task, but there was nothing that I could point to and say, “Oh, that one piece didn’t work.” It just didn’t work out in the end.”

When asked if further Westeros-themed shows will join House of the Dragon on HBO, Bloys simply replied: “For the time being, I believe that getting House of the Dragon on the air will be the highest priority. There are no other green lights that blink or anything like that. Who knows what the future holds, but there are no imminent plans.”

Bloys chimed in on the franchise’s future beyond House of the Dragon in February 2021. He told Deadline, “I’ve never wanted to do this with a mandate that you have to have three series by this time or you have to exploit adult animation or you have to do that.”

“Would that be interesting?” “It’s truly coming from: would it be interesting?” Is that satisfactory? Do we have a favorite author? That’s the general strategy we’re taking. I believe you must, because if you do not, you will end yourself putting on concerts just for the purpose of putting them on.”

In June 2021, the situation remained the same. “Any script in development or being pitched becomes news, and it inevitably gets reported, and people believe it’s in production,” Bhoys told Deadline. “Only House of the Dragon is in production; the others are under development, and we will decide.”

While HBO has been tight-lipped about the project, additional Westeros-set dramas such as 9 Voyages (including House of the Dragon character Lord Corlys Velaryon) and The Tales of Dunk and Egg are said to be in the works (about the early days of King Aegon Targaryen).

Do you need to be concerned about House of the Dragon?

We believe that by the time House of the Dragon arrives, interest in a Game of Thrones prequel series will be bigger than it was two years ago, when the show ended in controversy.

The major names in the cast and the change in time frame make the series sound intriguing; the pressure will be on to keep the stakes as high as they were in the main series, which will be difficult given that we now know what happens to House Targaryen.

Nonetheless, we’ve missed seeing CG dragons demolish things over the last few years. At the very least, this series should feature plenty of that.

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