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House of the Dragon release date cast trailer and more

Its been a long few years since Daenerys Targaryen met her end at the foot of the Iron Throne but soon well be back in Westeros The highly anticipated Game of Thrones prequel series House of the Dragon is almost here and with it comes all the politicking backstabbing murder and warfare we have come to associate with the works of George RR Martin Oh and dragons Lots and lots of dragons Lets go over everything we know about House of the Dragon before the bells toll over Kings Landing and a new age dawns for Westeros.

House of the Dragon release date
First lets start with the best news of all House of the Dragon will premiere on HBO and HBO Max on August 21 Were about to return to Kings Landing Storms End Dragon stone and all the other iconic locations from Game of Thrones though many of them will look a bit different House of the Dragon is set nearly 200 years before the original series so this will be a Westeros that is familiar and breathtakingly different all at once.

Following the premiere of the first episode on August 21 House of the Dragon will air new episodes every Sunday on HBO and HBO Max at 900 pm ET There are 10 episodes total in season 1 As of this writing that would mean that the season finale is set to air on October 23 HBO is keeping many of the details for the upcoming episodes under wraps but here are the run times that we know.

What is House of the Dragon about
House of the Dragon is based on George RR Martins fake history book Fire & Blood which sets down the rise of House Targaryen to become the ruling dynasty of Westeros More particularly House of the Dragon is based on the last third or so of the book which covers a horrific civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons where Targaryen fought Targaryen and dragons battled in the sky While the timeline was fairly straightforward on Game of Thrones this new prequel series will feature time jumps House of the Dragon begins roughly 200 years before the original series and will span several decades before the dust has settled.

At its heart House of the Dragon is about how the Targaryen dynasty fell into decline At the start of the show they will be at the height of their power But after King Viserys I Targaryen names his daughter Rhaenyra as his heir various forces throughout the realm move to either support the young princess or make plans to see power passed on to someone else instead The idea that men would sooner put the realm to the torch than see a woman ascend the Iron Throne will be on full display in this series as Rhaenyra and her childhood friend Alicent Hightower find themselves on opposing sides of the Dance of the Dragons.

House of the Dragon cast & crew
Like Game of Thrones House of the Dragon will feature a large ensemble cast Unlike the original series however pretty much every character will be compromised dont expect any heroes like Arya or Jon Snow to pop up amidst this complex political morass True to its name House of the Dragon will feature an awful lot of Targaryens as well.

House of the Dragon will feature several time jumps and as such well be seeing younger and older versions of a few characters The show stars Emma DArcy Rhaenyra Targaryen Milly Alcock young Rhaenyra Olivia Cooke Alicent Hightower Emily Carey young Alicent Matt Smith Daemon Targaryen Paddy Considine Viserys Targaryen Rhys Ifans Otto Hightower Steve Toussaint Corlys Velaryon Eve Best Rhaenys Targaryen Fabien Frankel Criston Cole and Sonoya Mizuno Mysaria.

Additional cast include Bethany Antonia Baela Targaryen Phoebe Campbell Rhaena Targaryen Harry Collett Jacaerys Velaryon Ryan Corr Harwin Breakbones Strong Tom GlynnCarney Aegon Targaryen Jefferson Hall Tyland Lannister and his twin brother Jason Lannister David Horovitch Grand Maester Mellos Will Johnson Vaemond Velaryon Graham McTavish Harrold Westerling Ewan Mitchell Aemond Targaryen Matthew Needham Larys Strong Bill Paterson Lyman Beesbury Phia Saban Helaena Targaryen Gavin Spokes Lyonel Strong and Savannah Steyn Laena Velaryon.

House of the Dragon was cocreated by George RR Martin and Ryan Condal Condal serves as a showrunner for the series with influential Game of Thrones director Miguel Sapochnik serving as coshowrunner Ramin Djawadi the composer behind Game of Thrones and Westworld will be returning to score House of the Dragon.

House of the Dragon trailer
There have been a few trailers since House of the Dragon was first announced back in 2020 but the most detailed by far was debuted at San Diego ComicCon in late July 2022 You can watch that trailer above and feast your eyes on the sights and sounds of Kings Landing dragons like Caraxes and Syrax and hints of the battles to come Fortunately we wont have to sit with those hints for too much longer House of the Dragon premieres August 21 on HBO and HBO Max.

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