House of the Dragon is a brand-new prequel TV series from HBO, set hundreds of years before the start of Game of Thrones. The ten-episode GoT spin-off tells the story of the beginnings of the Targaryen dynasty in Westeros.
The show has been in the works since 2019, following the release of Fire and Blood from author George R. R. Martin. That makes him sound like a dragon, but GRRM (as he’s also known) is by all accounts just a human. House of the Dragon uses GRRM’s new book as source material.
Reportedly, House of the Dragon is set to last three or four seasons, as long as its debut ratings are high enough. If the public don’t follow it with the rabid interest they gave to GoT, it will crash and burn like King's Landing.
In this short guide we’ll take a look at:
- House of the Dragon Release Date
- House of the Dragon of Power Trailer
- House of the Dragon Cast
- House of the Dragon Plot
- House of the Dragon Merchandise
All the merch on offer can be found here.
House of the Dragon Release Date
House of the Dragon premieres worldwide on Sunday the 21st of August 2022. It will be available on HBO and HBO Max in America, and on Sky TV in the UK. If you’re not with Sky, you can get access to HBO content through its NOW subscription service, which was previously known as Now TV. To avoid missing out on the big day, it might be a good idea to do that NOW.
All ten episodes will be released on the big day, which makes a nice change from the streamers’ recent practice of teasing out new series and forcing us to wait a whole week for another dose of action.
House of the Dragon Trailer
Check out the official House of the Dragon trailer below.
House of the Dragon Cast
Here’s the starring cast, together with the characters the actors portray in House of the Dragon. The list of supporting actors is too long to include here. There are also the dragons, but it’s impossible to find out who plays them. Dragon actors are notoriously shy.
Paddy Considine is King Viserys Targaryen. He’s the fifth king of the Seven Kingdoms. By all accounts, he’s a kind and decent man (let’s see how that works out for him).
Emma D'Arcy is Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, who is King Viserys's firstborn child. She’s a dragonrider who plans to become the Seven Kingdoms' first queen regnant (or else!).
Matt Smith is Prince Daemon Targaryen. He’s the heir presumptive to the Iron Throne, and the younger brother of King Viserys. He’s also an unrivalled warrior and an experienced dragonrider (it’s a safe bet he’s going to stir things up).
Olivia Cooke is Lady Alicent Hightower, the daughter of Ser Otto Hightower and part of the king's inner circle. She’s known as the most comely woman in the Seven Kingdoms (so expect a few scenes as hot as the sands of Dorne).
Steve Toussaint is Lord Corlys Velaryon. He’s the most famous seafarer in Westerosi history, and is known as the "Sea Snake" (make of that what you will!).
Eve Best is Princess Rhaenys Velaryon, a dragonrider and wife of Lord Corlys. She’s known as the "Queen Who Never Was" (no idea - you’ll have to watch it).
Sonoya Mizuno is Mysaria, a foreign-born dancer who rose to become Prince Daemon's most trusted ally (so probably dancing just to pay her uni tuition where she studied political science).
Rhys Ifans is Ser Otto Hightower. He’s a bitter political rival of Prince Daemon (is it possible these two are not going to get on very well?).
Credit: HBO via Rotten Tomatoes
House of the Dragon Plot
Set 200 years before Game of Thrones, House of Dragon tells the story of the twisted Targaryen civil war that caused the great family's downfall. There’s likely to be lots of blonde-haired backstabbers, but the one you need to keep an eye on is Matt Smith's Daemon Targaryen, younger brother of Paddy Considine's King Viserys. Expect plenty of fiery passion with claws, and a good deal of dragon action too.
House of the Dragon Merchandise
If you want to get yourself in the mood for House of Dragon and you can’t spare three days and nights to watch all 72 episodes of Game of Thrones, treat yourself to some first class GoT merchandise instead.
Check out the selection below, and be sure to visit our entire collection of GoT merchandise
GAME OF THRONES TARGARYEN MUG
Available here: https://lostuniverse.com/products/game-of-thrones-mug-targaryen
The Game of Thrones Targaryen Mug features the Targaryen house sigil, a red three-headed dragon. This is the type of dragon you least want to upset because it can blow fire from three directions.
GAME OF THRONES TARGARYEN CUSHION
This Game of Thrones cushion features the Targaryen house words, “Fire and Blood.” It’s best not to try and read those words when someone’s sitting on the cushion.
GAME OF THRONES TARGARYEN STEIN
This embossed Game of Thrones stein-style mug is just the job for drinks while watching House of Dragon. Sadly, it’s not supplied with flagons of red wine and barley beer.
GAME OF THRONES HOUSE TARGARYEN PIN
This high-quality 3D House Targaryen collectible pin badge features the famous Targaryen sigil. We can make no official claim, but it’s possible that wearing it will prevent fire and blood raining down on you.
HOUSE OF THE DRAGON SYRAX DRAGON POP VINYL FIGURE
This is a Pop Vinyl Figure of Syrax, the she-dragon who would only be ridden by Rhaenyra Targaryen. Such fidelity wasn’t true of all the characters in GoT!
HOUSE OF THE DRAGON DAEMON TARGARYEN POP VINYL FIGURE
Here’s your chance to own a Daemon Targaryen Pop Vinyl Figure. But Daemon is a famously unpredictable and impulsive rogue, so don’t leave him unattended when there are vulnerable people around.
HOUSE OF THE DRAGON VISERYS TARGARYEN POP VINYL FIGURE
A Viserys Targaryen pop vinyl figure in the perfect gift. But it’s worth remembering that rather than fire, it was the molten gold that Drogo poured on his skull that killed him. So try to keep the figure away from really hot precious metals.
Main image credit: HBO via Trusted Reviews