House of the Dragon is a fantasy drama series set 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones. It tells the story of the rise and downfall of House Targaryen and the events that led up to the infamous Targaryen civil war, also known as Dance of the Dragons.
House of the Dragon is set to release on HBO Max on August 21, 2022. The series will have a total of 10 episodes.
Cast and creators
- Paddy Considine
- Olivia Cooke
- Emma D’Arcy
- Matt Smith
- Steve Toussaint
- Eve Best
- Rhys Ifans
Created by Ryan J. Condal and George R.R. Martin
“Based on George R.R. Martin’s “Fire & Blood,” the series, which is set 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones, tells the story of House Targaryen.”
When asked about the series Miguel Sapochnik, one of the showrunner of House of the Dragon, said: “I think we were very respectful of what the original show is. It wasn’t broken, so we’re not trying to reinvent the wheel. House of the Dragon has its own tone that will evolve and emerge over the course of the show. But first, it’s very important to pay respects and homage to the original series, which was pretty groundbreaking.
“We’re standing on the shoulders of that show and we’re only here because of that show. So the most important thing for us to do is to respect that show as much as possible and try and complement it rather than reinvent it. And I was involved in making the original show, so I feel like that’s been useful.”
King Viserys I Targaryen sits on the Iron Throne, ruling the Seven Kingdoms. Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen is the heir of the king but is told that men would rather burn the entire kingdom than allow a woman on the throne. This leads to the infamous Dance of the Dragons, in which Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and Prince Daemon fight for the throne.