The first spin-off series of Game of Thrones, House of the Dragon, will be released next year. The Golden Ancient Westeros of the Targareans will be highlighted.
It’s been more than two years since the eighth season of Game of Thrones ended. The series finale sparked a lot of discussion among critics, and some were not quite happy. Nonetheless, the creators want to make amends.
In this article, we’ll look at when the series will air and what we can already tell you about the plot. But how did the prequel come to be in the first place?
Official Teaser Trailer of House of The Dragon
Why Blood Moon series was canceled?
Originally, “Blood Moon” was going to be a completely other series. The pilot episode had already been shot, and the storyline sounded intriguing. The first battle against the White Walkers was scheduled to take place during the Age of Heroes. It was some 8000 years before the events of the main series when the Great House of the Starks, the Lannisters, were created. HBO execs, on the other hand, were dissatisfied with the pilot.
According to insider accounts, they were anxious that the series might frighten old followers, who were, after all, the ones they wanted to reclaim. As a result, the series was formally terminated, and House of the Dragon debuted shortly after.
As in the first popular season of Game of Thrones, the tale of The Dance of the Dragons is less fascinating and more about politics and intrigue. Without seeing a pilot episode, ten episodes were confirmed.
The cast of the House of the Dragon
Before we get into the much-anticipated plot, let’s take a closer look at the actors, as it’s through them that we can piece together the events of the centuries-old tale.
Patty Considine as King Viserys 1
Patty Considine takes up the role of Viserys as the reigning King and House of the Dragon. Viserys Targaryen is a character from the Game of Thrones series. The first of his name was seen as a compassionate and loving king who was well-liked by the populace. He was also the last rider of Valerion, the Dragon on whose back Aegon The Conqueror conquered the Seven Kingdoms.
Viserys had seven descendants, each of whom would play a significant role.
With his role as Banco in the 2015 Hollywood drama Macbeth, counsel down is no stranger to medieval intrigue.
Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen
Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen will play one of the key characters in this series. She was the King’s firstborn and of pure Valerian blood. She liked to dress up as Visenya Targaryen, the wife of Aegon The Conqueror, the warrior queen. She was also a Dragon rider herself, but of the she-Dragon Cyrax variety.
Emma D’Arcy portrays Rhaenyra in the series. She has mostly had minor roles up to this point. As a result, House of the Dragon could be her big break in the acting industry.
Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower
Alicent Hightower, King Viserys’ second wife, also has a significant part to play. She was the daughter of Otto Hightower, who served as the hand of three different kings. She grew up in the Red Keep and was regarded as the Seven Kingdoms’ most beautiful woman. She married the King at the age of 18 and had four children with him.
Olivia Cooke portrays Alicent. She is perhaps best recognized for her roles in the drama Sound of Metal, the blockbuster film Ready Player One, and the television series Bates Motel.
Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen
Viserys’ younger brother was Prince Daemon Targaryan. Unlike his brother, he was recognized for his swordsmanship rather than his easygoing personality. He was one of history’s greatest heroes, wielding the Wheel of the Long Sword Dark Sister, which was made of Valyrian steel, of course.
He married Princess Rhaenyra, his niece, after two marriages without a son. They had two sons together, Aegon the Third and Viserys the Second.
Matt Smith portrays Daemon. Many of us are familiar with him from Doctor Who and, of course, The Crown’s Prince Philip.
Rhys Ifans as Otto Hightower, The Hand of The King
Hand of the King, Otto Hightower, was a staunch supporter of the Kingdom. He worked as a hand for three Kings, but two of them sacked him.
He joined Alicent Hightower in attempting to assert his grandson’s claim to the crown, which eventually led to his deposition. He saw Prince Daemon Targaryen as a threat to the Kingdom as well as his biggest adversary.
The hand was irritated by more than just his savage, warlike character. According to rumors, he also deflowered his daughter.
Otto is played by Rhys Ifans, who is best known for playing Luna Lovegood’s father in Harry Potter.
Steve Toussaint as Corlys Velaryon aka The Sea Snake
The series will also feature Corlys Velaryon, also known as the “Sea Snake.”
Corlys Valerian was born in ancient Valyria and became a futile House of the Targaryens in the Seven Kingdoms.
Corlys, on the other hand, became the most famous Navigator in Westeros history. He boasted of having brought his House to such wealth, claiming to have amassed more gold than the Lannisters. Furthermore, he is thought to have commanded the world’s greatest fleet.
He was the husband of Rhaenys Velaryon, called “The Queen Who Never Was” by the common people.
Steve Toussaint portrays Corlys. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is his video game adaptation.
Eve Best as Rhaenys Velaryon
Rhaenys Velaryon, Corlys’s wife, is also likely to be seen frequently. When it was time to choosing a successor to the Iron Throne, “the Queen who never was” was simply overlooked by the Great Council. Because the Council did not want a woman to rule the Seven Kingdoms.
She was a formidable fighter and the author of the Dragon Males.
Eve Best, who plays her in the series, was most recently seen on Netflix in the series Fade the Wings Saga.
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Sonoya Mizuno as Mysaria
Mysaria, the lovely Dancer from Liz, was sold from one slave trader to the next until she wound up in a brothel in King’s Landing in House of the Dragon. Daemon Targaryen took notice of her there and appointed her as his mistress.
The character of Mysaria will be played by Sonoya Mizuno.
Fabien Frankel as Ser Criston Cole
Ser Criston Cole is the final character. He was the simple son of House Dondarium’s steward. He rose to the rank of Lord Commander of the King’s Guard as a result of his sword talents.
Ser Criston Cole will be played by Fabien Frankel, who recently participated in the Netflix series The Serpent.
Finally, let’s get down to business with the plot.
The Potential Plot of House Of The Dragon
The new series The House of The Dragon has a significant advantage over its predecessor in this area. The plot has already come to an end. We won’t tell you the whole tale, of course. As we can see from the characters, we’ll merely go over it briefly.
This series takes place roughly 150 years before the events of the first.
As a result, the events surrounding Aegon The Conqueror will only be depicted in flashbacks.
It shall be told the story of The Dance of the Dragons. The civil war between the House of Targaryen’s two competing parties is described in this way.
Alicent Hightower, on the one hand, wishes to see her son Aegon. After Viserys’ death, the second succeeds to the throne.
On the opposite side is Rhaenyra Targaryen, the firstborn child of a late King who, according to the official succession, would be the heiress.
As a result, two political parties emerge the Greens and the Black Council.
Most Dragons will perish in this civil war, which will go down in Westeros’ history as one of the bloodiest.
The first season will most likely focus on the power politics that preceded The Dance of the Dragons.
Furthermore, you may have observed that a key cast member has yet to be named. Aegon The Second‘s, to be precise.
In addition, the show House of the dragon isn’t expected to be as vicious as the original. This is largely due to the popular outcry about how Game of Thrones portrays sexual assault against women. It remains to be seen whether the prequel can equal the quality of the original episodes.
After all, the program, too, has seasons where intricate characters are developed. Season 8 has proved, however, that the creators may also terminate a series quickly.
Production Details of The House of The Dragon
Meanwhile, unlike the previous series, filming on House of the Dragon has begun at Warner Bros’ Leavesden Studio in London, rather than Northern Ireland and Croatia.
By the end of the year, we hope to have completed post-production.
George R.R. Martin is, of course, back as a consultant. However, it is unlikely that he will be able to commit a significant amount of time to the project. After all, he wants to finish his Song of Ice and Fire novel in his own words.
As a showrunner, Ryan Condal, who previously worked on Hercules and Rampage, has been hired. Miguel Sapochnik, director of The Battle of the Bastards, will assist him. As a result, D.B. Weiss and David Benioff will be replaced by the two.
After the Season 8 disaster, who is the target of criticism? Most notably, fans may anticipate the return of composer Ramin Djawadi, who is most known for his work on Game of Thrones music.
Release Date, Budget, and episodes of The House of The Dragon
The first season will consist of 10 episodes, while the exact length of episodes is unknown at this time.
The budget has likewise remained a mystery. However, one episode from the previous season cost an average of $15 million.
The series will premiere in 2022 on HBO Max, although no date has been set for when it will air mostly in the first half of the year.
More Spinoff’s of The Game Of Thrones
However, it is apparent that this will not be the final season of the series, as there will be a total of 6 seasons in the Game of Thrones realm.
The next project will be a series based on The Adventures of Dunk and Egg. These are the tales of Lord Duncan, Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, and Aegon Targaryan.
Okay, that concludes our House of the Dragon preview.
Why do you think you were able to get past season eight’s frustrations?
And are you ready for more Westeros adventures, or are you still so sick of the show that you won’t even watch the new season?
We believe that at the very least, the tale has a lot of potentials and could make for an excellent show.
Let us know what you think in the comments, as long as the HBO producers have learned from their previous blunders.