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Today HBO dropped the first official teaser for its upcoming drama series House of the Dragon, the highly-anticipated prequel to Game of Thrones.

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House of the Dragon: Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen — Photograph by Ollie Upton/HBO

“Gods. Kings. Fire. And blood. Dreams didn’t make us kings. Dragons did.”

So says Prince Daemon Targaryen in the voice-over for the teaser for House of the Dragon, the Game of Thrones prequel based on George R.R. Martin’s novel Fire & Blood. Set 200 years before the events of the global hit series, the new fantasy drama tells the story of House Targaryen.

The teaser features the first official footage from House of the Dragon, which includes snippets of both Milly Alcock (Upright) and Emma D’Arcy (Truth Seekers) as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, the king’s first-born child, a pure-blooded Valyrian and a dragonrider; Matt Smith (Doctor Who) as Prince Daemon Targaryen, younger brother of King Viserys and heir to the throne; and Steve Toussaint (Pine Gap) as Lord Corlys Velaryon, aka “the Sea Snake,” the Lord of House Velaryon, a Valyrian bloodline as old as House Targaryen.

Other previously announced cast members include:

  • Olivia Cooke (Vanity Fair) as Lady Alicent Hightower, the daughter of Ser Otto Hightower, the Hand of the King
  • Rhys Ifans (Berlin Station) as Ser Otto Hightower
  • Paddy Considine (The Suspicions of Mr Whicher) as King Viserys Targaryen, King of the Seven Kingdoms
  • Eve Best (Lucky Man) as Princess Rhaenys Velaryon, the dragon-riding wife of Lord Corlys Velaryon
  • Sonoya Mizuno (Devs) as Mysaria, an ally of Prince Daemon Targaryen
  • Fabien Frankel (The Serpent) as Ser Criston Cole, the Dornish, common-born son of the steward to the Lord of Blackhaven
  • Emily Carey (The Canterville Ghost) as the young Alicent Hightower
  • Ryan Corr (Packed to the Rafters) as Ser Harwin ‘Breakbones’ Strong, the eldest son to Master of Laws Lyonel Strong and heir to Harrenhal
  • Jefferson Hall (Vikings) as twins Lord Jason Lannister, the Lord of Casterly Rock, and Tyland Lannister, a crafty and calculating politician.
  • David Horovitch (The Murders at White House Farm) as Grand Maester Mellos, trusted advisor to King Viserys
  • Graham McTavish (Outlander) as Ser Harrold Westerling, a longtime member of the Kingsguard
  • Matthew Needham (Sanditon) as Larys Strong, younger son of Master of Laws Lyonel Strong
  • Bill Paterson (Fleabag) as Lord Lyman Beesbury, the Lord of Honeyholt and Master of Coin on King Viserys’s small council
  • Gavin Spokes (The Picress File) as Lord Lyonel Strong, Master of Laws to King Viserys and Lord of Harrenhal

Newly-revealed cast members include:

  • Wil Johnson (Emmerdale Farm) as Ser Vaemond Velaryon, younger brother of Coryls Velaryon and commander in the Velaryon navy
  • John Macmillan (Back) as Ser Laenor Velaryon, son of Corlys Velaryon and Rhaenys Targaryen
  • Savannah Steyn (Intergalactic) as Lady Laena Velayron, daughter of Corlys Velaryon and Rhaenys Targaryen
  • Theo Nate (Time) as Ser Laenor Velaryon, son of Corlys Velaryon and Rhaenys Targaryen

HBO will launch House of the Dragon in 2022. Stay tuned for updates.


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House of the Dragon: HBO Drops Official Teaser for ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel
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