Dragon lovers, are you ready? HBO has officially confirmed that it’s working on a Game of Thrones prequel show revolving around the Targaryens, called House of the Dragon.
The series is expected in 2022, as HBO programming chief Casey Bloys told the media at the Television Critics Association in January 2020. Martin wrote on his blog in response to news of the series pickup, “It was actually the first concept I pitched to HBO when we started talking about a successor show, way back in the summer of 2016.”
The official GoT Twitter also confirmed that production would officially begin in 2021. Also, a picture of dragons from the series was placed with the description “Dragons are coming”.
What is it about?
House of Dragons will be based on the George R. R. Martin book Fire & Blood. The action takes place 300 years before the Game of Thrones action. The story follows a turbulent period for House Targaryen. A story that brings a relative against a relative, as well as a dragon against a dragon. The main question is who will rule on the Iron Throne. Fire and Blood begin its story with the legendary and famous Aegon the Conqueror, who is the creator of Iron Throne and who goes on to recount the generation of Targaryens.
The series will feature 10 episodes that will be streamed on HBO. Martin and screenwriter Ryan Condal are co-creators.
The cast of House of Dragons
Casting allegedly began in July 2020, and HBO describes the following roles:
- Paddy Considine as King Viserys Targaryen
- Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower
- Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen
- Matt Smith) as Prince Daemon Targaryen.
- Eve Best as Princess Rhaenys Velaryon. Sonoya
- Mizuno as Mysaria
- Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon aka “The Sea Snake.”
- Fabien Frankel as Ser Criston Cole
Just as the Game of Thrones series knocked the whole world off its feet, so we do not doubt that House of Dragons will cast similar magic on all of us!