A new set video for HBO’s Game of Thrones prequel series House of the Dragon has revealed Matt Smith and Emma D’Arcy’s new Targaryen characters.
A new set video for the Game of Thrones prequel series House of the Dragon shows Matt Smith’s Daemon Targaryen and Emma D’Arcy’s Rhaenyra Targaryen in full costume. The show, which began principal photography in April, also stars Paddy Considine, Olivia Cooke, Rhys Ifans, Steve Toussaint, and Eve Best. House of the Dragon season 1 is currently planned for a ten-episode run on HBO starting in 2022.
Set three hundred years before the events of Game of Thrones, House of the Dragon will show Westeros when it was ruled by the Targaryen family, before the dragons went extinct. George R. R. Martin’s book Fire & Blood, a history of the Targaryen family, will serve as the foundation for the events of the series. House of the Dragon is developed by Miguel Sapochnik and Ryan Condal, with no direct involvement from original series creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. Ramin Djawadi, the composer for Game of Thrones, will return to score the prequel.
After months of waiting for a glimpse at the series to come, fans can finally see Smith’s Daemon Targaryen and Emma D’Arcy’s Rhaenyra Targaryen in full costume thanks to a new set video. Shared by Twitter user Robert Taylor, the clip shows the two characters meeting on a beach, both wearing their family’s signature black and red and sporting the stark silver hair of the Targaryen clan. The video was shot from the production in Cornwall, UK’s Holywell Bay, but it’s unclear where in Westeros the scene is set. Watch the clip below.
Just a few years ago, the prospect of a big-budget Game of Thrones spinoff would have been met with near-universal excitement. However, due to the show’s dramatic drop-off in popularity after its final season – a finale that’s been called one of the worst ever – House of the Dragon has been viewed a bit more tepidly. The new series has a lot of potential, but it also has a lot to prove. The absence of Weiss and Benioff is probably for the best in that way, as much of the fan ire generated by Game of Thrones season 8 was targeted at them specifically.
Will House of the Dragon be able to reestablish Game of Thrones as a leading franchise? Possibly. For HBO, its success may be a necessity. As the marketplace of TV subscription services grows more crowded with streaming platforms – some of which wield powerful brand names like Star Wars and Marvel – Game of Thrones is key to HBO’s future ambitions. House of the Dragon will be a strong indicator of what that future could look like, as several other Game of Thrones spinoffs are already in development.