House of the Dragon, the prelude to the acclaimed HBO series Game of Thrones, welcomes back the Targaryens.
House of the Dragon will premiere on HBO on August 21st, the network announced on Wednesday. They also unveiled a new poster and fresh photographs from the show.
The new ten-episode prequel series recounts how the House of Targaryen entered a bitter and terrible civil conflict known as the Dance of the Dragons, which presages the beginning of the end of the ruling house of Westeros two centuries before the events of GOT.
George R. R. Martin and Ryan J. Condal’s new series, “Colony,” is based on Martin’s novel “Fire and Blood.”
King Viserys I, Emmy D’Arcy, Matt Smith, and Rhys Ifans make up the House of the Dragon cast, which also includes Olivia Cooke as Lady Alicent Hightower, and Fabien Frankel as Ser Otto Hightower, the King’s Hand, in addition to Fabien Frankel as Daemon, Viserys’ younger brother (as Ser Criston Cole, a knight with eyes for Rhaenrya).
Steve Toussaint, Eve Best, Sonoya Mizuno, Ryan Corr, Jefferson Hall, David Horovitch, Graham McTavish, Matthew Needham, Bill Paterson, and Gavin Spokes will also appear in the show.
Preceding the release of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power on Amazon Prime in September 2021, the August 21 premiere date for the series provides the show a head start over other fantasy series slated to be published this year, including The Rings of Power.
Back in February, Martin announced on his blog that shooting Season 1 of “House of the Dragon” had wrapped.
“I have seen rough cuts of a few of them, and I’m loving them,” Martin wrote. “Of course, a lot more work needs to be done. Special effects, color timing, score, all the post-production work. But the writing, the directing, the acting all look terrific. I hope you will like them as much as I do.”