Game of Thrones prequel collection House of the Dragon launched its first full trailer on Wednesday, July 20 forward of the forged and creatives’ look at Comedian-Con Worldwide: San Diego. Each collection are based mostly on writer George R.R. Martin’s books, with the brand new collection taking the core of its story from Fire & Blood.
Home of the Dragon stars Paddy Considine as King Viserys Targaryen, Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen, and Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower.
The collection is predicated on writer Martin’s A Track of Ice and Fireplace e book collection and its companion supplies and is about primarily in Westeros throughout a time of nice political upheaval.
“Home of the Dragon has been in improvement for a number of years (although the title has modified a few instances throughout that course of),” Martin wrote on his weblog in response to information of the collection pickup introduced in 2019. “It was truly the primary idea I pitched to HBO after we began speaking a few successor present, manner again in the summertime of 2016.”
What It’s About
Set 300 years earlier than the occasions of Sport of Thrones, the collection tells the story of a turbulent interval for Home Targaryen, one which set sibling in opposition to sibling and dragon in opposition to dragon. The purpose of competition: who ought to rule on the Iron Throne, after all.
“Should you’d wish to know a bit extra of what the present will probably be about… nicely, I can’t truly spill these beans,” Martin teased in his weblog, “however you may need to choose up a duplicate of two anthologies I did with Gardner Dozois, Dangerous Women and Rogues, after which transfer on to Archmaester Gyldayn’s historical past, Fire & Blood.”
Harmful Ladies consists of what press supplies describe as a “35,000-word novella” by Martin referred to as “The Princess and the Queen, or, the Blacks and the Greens,” which is “in regards to the Dance of the Dragons, the huge civil conflict that tore Westeros aside practically two centuries earlier than the occasions of A Sport of Thrones.”
Rogues, in the meantime, consists of Martin’s story “The Rogue Prince, or, a King’s Brother,” which chronicles “the youth, adventures, misdeeds, and marriages of Prince Daemon Targaryen,” thought of “one of many greatest rogues in your entire historical past of Ice and Fireplace.”
Readers of Fireplace & Blood will instantly acknowledge moments tailored from the e book in a teaser trailer that debuted on Could 5, 2022. Launched in November 2018, Fireplace & Blood is the primary novel of a two-part historical past of the Targaryens in Westeros.
“Centuries earlier than the occasions of A Sport of Thrones, Home Targaryen — the one household of dragonlords to outlive the Doom of Valyria — took up residence on Dragonstone,” in response to the e book’s description on the writer’s web site. “Fireplace & Blood begins their story with the legendary Aegon the Conqueror, creator of the Iron Throne, and goes on to recount the generations of Targaryens who fought to carry that iconic seat, all the way in which as much as the civil conflict that just about tore their dynasty aside.”
The brand new trailer announcement additionally included new character posters of the principal forged.
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Martin revealed that he had watched a few extra episodes and offered his ideas in an April 2022 blog post:
“I noticed tough cuts of a pair extra episodes of HOUSE OF THE DRAGON, and was simply as happy as I used to be with the sooner episodes. Ryan and Miguel and their forged and crew are doing nice work. These of you who like complicated, conflicted, gray characters (as I do) will like this collection, I feel. There will probably be loads of dragons and battles, to make sure, however the backbone of the story is the human conflicts, the love and the hate, character drama fairly than motion/ journey,” Martin wrote.
Meet the Creators
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Martin and Ryan Condal (Colony, Hercules) function co-creators of the collection, whereas Emmy-winning director Miguel Sapochnik (Sport of Thrones) and Condal will probably be showrunners and government producers. Martin, Vince Gerardis, Sara Lee Hess, and Ron Schmidt are additionally government producers. Sapochnik will direct the pilot and extra episodes of the collection, which Condal will write.
Sapochnik received the 2016 Primetime Emmy award for Excellent Directing for a Drama Sequence for Sport of Thrones episode “Battle of the Bastards” and shared the 2019 Excellent Drama Sequence Emmy award with Martin, Gerardis, collection creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, and different producers on the ultimate season.
Clare Kilner (The Alienist: Angel of Darkness) and Geeta V. Patel (The Witcher) may even direct the collection. Greg Yaitanes (Banshee) may even direct and can be a co-executive producer.
Martin launched extra collection’ contributors in a blog post, noting Wes Tooke (Colony), Claire Kiechel (The OA), and Ti Mikkel, a author’s assistant for Martin’s Fevre River Packet Firm.
“Even Aegon the Dragon couldn’t conquer the Seven Kingdoms all by himself,” Martin wrote. “He wanted the assistance of his sisters Rhaenys and Visenya. Ryan and I had some nice help as nicely, and I wished to provide a tip of the crown to a few gifted and hard-working younger writers who helped to deliver this one dwelling. ”
Sport of Thrones composer Ramin Djawadi will rating Home of the Dragon.
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HBO describes the celebs’ roles as follows:
Paddy Considine as King Viserys Targaryen. Viserys was chosen by the lords of Westeros to succeed the Previous King, Jaehaerys Targaryen, on the Nice Council at Harrenhal. A heat, form, and first rate man, Viserys solely needs to hold ahead his grandfather’s legacy, however as we’ve realized from Sport of Thrones, good males don’t essentially make for excellent kings.
Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower. She’s the daughter of Otto Hightower, the Hand of the King, and essentially the most comely lady within the Seven Kingdoms. She was raised within the Pink Hold, near the king and his innermost circle; she possesses each a courtly grace and a eager political acumen.
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Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen. The king’s first-born little one. She is of pure Valyrian blood, and he or she is a dragonrider. Many would say that Rhaenyra was born with every thing…however she was not born a person.
Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen. The youthful brother of King Viserys and inheritor to the throne, Daemon is a peerless warrior and a dragonrider who possesses the true blood of the dragon. However it’s stated that each time a Targaryen is born, the gods toss a coin within the air…”
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Rhys Ifans as Otto Hightower, the Hand of the King, who loyally and faithfully serves each his king and his realm. Because the Hand sees it, the best risk to the realm is the king’s brother, Daemon, and his place as inheritor to the throne.
Eve Greatest as Princess Rhaenys Velaryon. A dragonrider and spouse to Lord Corlys Velaryon, “The Queen Who By no means Was” was handed over as inheritor to the throne on the Nice Council as a result of the realm favored her cousin, Viserys, merely for being male.
Sonoya Mizuno as Mysaria. She got here to Westeros with nothing, offered extra instances than she will be able to recall, and will have wilted…however as a substitute she rose to change into essentially the most trusted — and very unlikely — ally of Prince Daemon Targaryen, the inheritor to the throne.
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Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon aka “The Sea Snake.” The lord of Home Velaryon, a Valyrian bloodline as previous as Home Targaryen, “The Sea Snake,” is essentially the most famed nautical adventurer within the historical past of Westeros. He constructed his home into a strong seat that’s even richer than the Lannisters and that claims the biggest navy on the planet.”
Fabien Frankel as Ser Criston Cole. Of Dornish descent, Ser Criston is the common-born son of the steward to the Lord of Blackhaven. He has no declare to land or titles; all he has to his title is his honor and his preternatural talent with a sword.
Milly Alcock as Younger Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen. She’s the king’s first-born little one, of pure Valyrian blood, and he or she is a dragonrider. Many would say that Rhaenyra was born with every thing…however she was not born a person.
Emily Carey will play Younger Alicent Hightower, the daughter of Otto Hightower, the Hand of the King, and essentially the most comely lady within the Seven Kingdoms. Alicent was raised within the Pink Hold, near the king and his innermost circle; she possesses each a courtly grace and a eager political acumen.
Ryan Corr as Ser Harwin ‘Breakbones’ Sturdy. Harwin is claimed to be the strongest man within the Seven Kingdoms. Ser Harwin is the eldest son to Grasp of Legal guidelines Lyonel Sturdy and inheritor to Harrenhal.
Jefferson Corridor as twins Lord Jason Lannister and Tyland Lannister. Jason is the Lord of Casterly Rock. Tyland Lannister is a artful and calculating politician.
David Horovitch as Grand Maester Mellos. He’s a voice of motive and trusted advisor to King Viserys.
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Graham McTavish as Ser Harrold Westerling. Ser Harrold has served within the Kingsguard because the days of King Jaehaerys; he’s a paragon of chivalry and honor.
Matthew Needham as Larys Sturdy. The youthful son of Grasp of Legal guidelines Lyonel Sturdy, he’s dropped at court docket by his father.
Invoice Paterson performs Lord Lyman Beesbury, the Lord of Honeyholt and Grasp of Coin on King Viserys’s small council.
Gavin Spokes is Lord Lyonel Sturdy. He’s Grasp of Legal guidelines to King Viserys and Lord of Harrenhal.
Home of the Dragon will probably be launched on August 21, 2022.
SPOILER ALERT: WHILE INFORMATION THAT FOLLOWS WILL BE FAMILIAR TO FANS OF THE SONG OF ICE AND FIRE NOVELS AND THEIR COMPANION MATERIALS, INCLUDING FIRE & BLOOD, SOME OF IT MAY BE CONSIDERED SPOILERS TO ANYONE WHO HAS NOT READ THE BOOK SERIES.
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For many who’ve learn the books, the next is a refresher on among the names, locations, and conflicts within the supply materials. We received’t spoil among the deaths with an excessive amount of element, however if you would like that info, you will discover extra at A Wiki of Ice and Fire.
When It Takes Place
The Targaryens landed on Dragonstone greater than 4 centuries earlier than the occasions of the unique Sport of Thrones collection. The Dance of the Dragons was a conflict of succession fought from 129 to 131 AC — that’s, after Aegon I’s conquest of Westeros.
What’s the Huge Battle?
The Targaryen civil conflict was a battle over primogeniture, the system of inheritance by a firstborn little one; typically, the first-born son. A lord’s first little one will inherit the fortress and lands of his or her father over one other sibling it doesn’t matter what his or her aptitude for governance in comparison with a sibling’s talents. The Targaryens usually adopted primogeniture, although there have been exceptions, as throughout the rule of King Jaehaerys I.
When King Jaehaerys I’s eldest son, Prince Aemon, died, he left a daughter, Rhaenys. King Jaehaerys I then selected his subsequent eldest son, Prince Baelon, to be new Prince of Dragonstone and inheritor to the throne fairly than bestowing the consideration on his granddaughter, a transfer that even Queen Alysanne disapproved of. When Baelon died unexpectedly — in addition to Queen Alysanne and one among their daughters — grief-stricken Jaehaerys convened the Nice Council to vote on succession, and the council selected Baelon’s son Viserys as a substitute of Rhaenys’ son Laenor.
Throughout his reign, Viserys had named Rhaenyra, his daughter by his first spouse, as his inheritor, however upon Viserys’ demise, his eldest son, Aegon, by his second spouse as a substitute ascended the throne, inflicting an important rift within the kingdom. By this time, Rhaenyra was additionally married to her uncle, the “rogue prince” Daemon Targaryen who had lengthy sought the throne himself.
Fireplace & Blood recounts the battles between the siblings, their spouses, their offspring, their loyal followers, and, most viciously, the Targaryen dragons.
Who Are the Characters?
King Viserys I (103–129 AC)* – his demise in early 129 started an important battle of succession between his eldest little one Rhaenyra and his first-born son, Aegon. Viserys’ dragon was particularly notable: Balerion, the Black Dread, who King Aegon I Targaryen rode again throughout the Conquest of Westeros. Born in Valyria, Balerion was the final residing dragon to have seen the Freehold, which the Targaryens left 12 years earlier than the Doom. He was black-scaled with black wings and even black hearth, which burned so sizzling that it melted the stone towers of Harrenhal (you noticed the ruins in Sport of Thrones when Arya Stark served as cupbearer to Tywin Lannister). Balerion died at round 200 years previous in 94 AC, lower than a yr after Prince Viserys claimed him and whereas the prince was nonetheless very younger; due to this fact, it’s unlikely that Home of the Dragon will present Balerion alive, except the writers change the story or in flashback.
Alicent Hightower* – Viserys I’s second spouse whose followers who would see Aegon topped and had been referred to as “the greens” after a inexperienced robe the queen wore throughout an important tourney wherein Rhaenyra wore conventional Targaryen black and crimson.
Daemon Targaryen* – Viserys I’s brother, Daemon was mad, dangerous, and harmful to know — a talented warrior and a denizen of disreputable Flea Backside institutions. Rumored to have taken his teenage niece Rhaenyra’s virginity, he was despatched into exile by Viserys. Years later, he would marry Rhaenyra, and upon the demise of Viserys, he topped his personal spouse, which touched off the bloody civil conflict often called the Dance of the Dragons. Dragon: lean, however fearsome crimson Caraxes, additionally referred to as “the Blood Wyrm.”
Rhaenyra* – Viserys I’s daughter and first-born little one by Aemma Arryn, Viserys I’s first spouse who died in childbirth together with her second little one, a son, who additionally died. Rhaenyra was lovely and beloved by her father and the folks and was nicknamed “the Realm’s Delight” when she was younger. As she grew older, she grew headstrong and competed together with her bold stepmother Alicent. Her followers had been referred to as “the blacks” due to the robe the princess wore on the king and queen’s fifth anniversary match. Dragon: younger yellow-scaled Syrax.
Ser Laenor Velaryon – Married his reluctant cousin Rhaenyra, who remarked to her father, “My half-brothers could be extra to his style.” Dragon: Seasmoke.
Rhaenys Targaryen and Lord Corlys Velaryon* – Dad and mom of Laenor Velaryon. She was often called The Queen Who By no means Was, as a result of she was handed over as inheritor to the throne in favor of her uncle. Corlys was often called “The Sea Snake,” due to his prowess at sea.
Harwin Sturdy (aka “Breakbones”)* – son of Lord Lyonel Sturdy and inheritor to Harrenhal, he was Rhaenyra’s lover whereas she was married to Laenor.
Ser Criston Cole* – A member of the Kingsguard, he turned embroiled within the Targaryen civil conflict by switching allegiances from Rhaenyra, for whom he was as soon as sworn protect (and maybe liked), to Queen Alicent Hightower and her offspring.
Princes Jacaerys “Jace,” Lucerys “Luke,” and Joffrey “Joff” Velaryon – Rhaenyra and Laenor’s youngsters, although rumored to have been fathered by Sturdy as a result of they’d darkish hair like Sturdy, whereas cousins Laenor and Rhaenyra each had the Targaryen mild silver/gold hair. The boys’ dragons had been, respectively: Vermax, Arrax, and Tyraxes.
King Aegon II (129–131 AC) – Viserys I’s eldest son by Alicent, married his sister. Dragon: Sunfyre, “the Golden.”
Helaena – Aegon II’s sister-wife, had three youngsters with Aegon. Dragon: Dreamfyre.
Twins Jaehaera and Jaehaerys and their youthful brother Maelor – the offspring of Aegon II and Helaena.
Blood and Cheese – employed killers who murdered Jaehaerys in entrance of his mom, sparking her descent into insanity.
Mysaria* – a prostitute who served as Daemon’s mistress of whisperers in Flea Backside. The prince impregnated her, however she misplaced the kid throughout a voyage to Lys to flee Viserys I’s anger over Daemon’s makes an attempt to provide the kid a dragon egg, per Targaryen customized.
Aegon III (131–157 AC) – the son of Daemon and Rhaenyra Targaryen, he dominated after his uncle Aegon II, and at a really younger age, married his cousin Jaehaera, who died younger. His rule marked the top of the Dance of Dragons. He had 5 youngsters by his second spouse, Daenaera Velaryon. As a toddler, he grew melancholy after escaping a naval assault by mounting his dragon, however leaving his brother Viserys behind and believing that he had died. The brothers reunited later in life. Dragon: Stormcloud.
Mushroom – a idiot within the courts of Viserys I Targaryen, Aegon II Targaryen, Rhaenyra Targaryen, and Aegon III Targaryen. His accounts of his days at court docket teemed with tales of debauchery and scandal.
Dragonseeds – Nettles, Hugh the Hammer, and Ulf the White had been purportedly bastard Targaryen offspring. They every claimed dragons and fought for Rhaenyra, although Hugh and Ulf later switched allegiance.
Prince Qoren Martell – Dornish ruler who supported the Triarchy (an alliance of the Free Cities of Myr, Lys, and Tyrosh) in a conflict for the Stepstones in opposition to Prince Daemon Targaryen and Lord Corlys Velaryon.
Places We’re More likely to See
A lot of the drama takes place in King’s Touchdown and Dragonstone, however the preventing and bloodshed primarily occurs within the Riverlands (led by Home Tully at Riverrun). Most of the bloodiest battles happen round Harrenhal and The God’s Eye.
- King’s Touchdown – the capital of Westeros
- Dragonstone – Home Targaryen’s household dwelling
- Driftmark – Home Velaryon’s household dwelling
- Dorne – The southernmost kingdom in Westeros, it was not beneath Targaryen rule throughout the Dance of the Dragons.
- Oldtown – stored secure the Targaryen riches throughout the Dance of the Dragons
- Lys – one of many Free Cities of Essos; recognized for its brothels
- The Stepstones – the damaged land bridge between Dorne and Essos
- Harrenhal – the large fortress above Gods Eye melted by Balerion the Dread.
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Wish to learn extra in regards to the historic Homes of Westeros, the places, and occasions of A Track of Ice and Fireplace historical past? Along with the novel collection, you may go to A Wiki of Ice and Fire, learn by way of the Game of Thrones Viewers Guide, or choose up The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones.
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