House of the Dragon Prequel Release Date: Everything You Need to Know About the Game of Thrones Spin-off
HBO has plans to release a variety of spin-offs based on its fantasy epic, Game of Thrones, even though many fans were disappointed with the series conclusion. The first new series is House of the Dragon, which focuses on the mythical war among House Targaryen that occurred two hundred years before the original series.
House of the Dragon was produced when the prequel starring Naomi Watts was cancelled before production. The plot of Jane Goldman's novel was slated to take place a thousand years before that of Game of Thrones, which reportedly caused studio executives concern. George R.R. Martin, however, gave the impression that Watts' series was not cancelled to make room for House of the Dragon.
Miguel Sapochnik, showrunner for House of the Dragon, has stated that he feels “faithful and accountable” for Game of Thrones. He continued in an HBO interview, “I have a strong desire to even be in the same room as that groundbreaking show.
George and his writing had a tremendous impact on me. It is an amazing feeling to obtain my ideal career. You receive the phone call that every writer hopes for, informing you, “We're going to make this thing.” And you're content for a few moments… Then you realise the weight of duty on your shoulders.”
The creator of Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin, has since given his blessing to the new prequel series. At Comic-Con, he stated, “I've seen nine out of the ten episodes, and I'm quite pleased.”
House of the Dragon's date of release
House of the Dragon premieres on HBO and HBO Max in the United States on Sunday, August 21 according to GamesRadar. Monday, August 22 will mark the launch of Game of Thrones in the United Kingdom on Sky TV, Sky Atlantic, and NOW.
With a release date of August 21, House of the Dragon will premiere on Prime Video just 12 days before another highly anticipated fantasy television series, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.
Where to Watch House of the Dragon?
As previously stated, House of the Dragon will air simultaneously on HBO and HBO Max, meaning you'll need an HBO account through your cable provider or HBO Max. The series will be available for streaming on NOW TV and Sky Atlantic in the United Kingdom.
What is House of the Dragon's Plot?
The plot of House of the Dragon is inspired by George R. R. Martin's novel Fire & Blood, which is set 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones (opens in new tab). The book begins with Aegon's Conquest, which created the new global order and laid the groundwork for the Iron Throne throughout much of Westeros. We then follow the Targaryen dynasty as numerous (both good and bad) kings and queens rule over the Six Kingdoms.
This results in a civil war between Aegon II and his half-sister, Princess Rhaenyra, for the kingdom currently inhabited by their father, Viserys I. The trailers indicate that this civil war will be the primary subject of the show.
Expect battles, bloodshed, betrayals, and an abundance of dragons in a drama based on Martin's works.
In the next season, we will also be exploring some new regions of Westeros. One of these new worlds is Driftmark, the seat of House Velaryon and the Sea Snake, located near Dragonstone in Blackwater Bay.
Who is Producing the series?
The showrunners for the series are Ryan Connal (Colony) and Miguel Sapochnick. Some of the most memorable Game of Thrones episodes, such as “Hardhome” and “Battle of the Bastards,” was directed by the latter.
As an executive producer, he received the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series. Outside of the anticipated increase in dragon-related brutality, many believe that this programme will be the most faithful of the planned Game of Thrones spin-offs.
George R.R. Martin expressed faith in the forthcoming season at Comic-Con. When you give your child up for adoption, you wonder how he or she will be handled. I believe that Ryan did an excellent job adapting the books. Well, so far.
The series will also be directed by Clare Kilner (The Alienist: Angel of Darkness, The Wedding Date) and Geeta V. Patel (Meet the Patels, The Witcher). Greg Yaitanes (Banshee, House) serves as co-executive producer and director.
Ramin Djawadi, the composer for Game of Thrones and Westworld, has returned to deliver the score.
The Cast of House of the Dragon
King Viserys Targaryen is portrayed by Paddy Considine, whose reign brought prosperity to the Seven Kingdoms. He spends his final years plotting his succession but is unable to avert the subsequent bloodbath. Considine is well-known for his parts in the films Dead Man's Shoes, Death of Stalin, and Peaky Blinders, in which he portrayed Father John Hughes.
Prince Daemon Targaryen, the man who will launch the greatest challenge to Rhaenyra's rule, will be portrayed by Matt Smith. Smith is best recognised for his roles as the eleventh Doctor in Doctor Who and Prince Philip in The Crown.
Other participants include:
- Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower, Viserys’ second wife
- Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys
- Velaryon Eve Best as Princess Rhaenys
- Velaryon Rhys Ifans as Otto Hightower, Hand of the King
- Sonoya Mizuno as Mysaria
- Fabien Frankel as Ser Criston Cole
- Milly Alcock as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Young)
- Emily Carey as Alicent Hightower (Young)
- Ryan Corr as Ser Harwin ‘Breakbones’ Strong
- Jefferson Hall as Lord Jason Lannister
- David Horovitch as Grand Maester Mellos
- Graham McTavish as Ser Harrold Westerling
- Matthew Needham as Larys Strong
- Bill Paterson as Lord Lyman Beesbury
- Gavin Spokes as lord Lyonel Strong
House of the Dragon will replace Game of Thrones as one of HBO's main series, and a second season is all but assured if the current ratings hold. This space will provide updates on the status of a second season.