- "Fire will reign"
House of the Dragon, also marketed as Game of Thrones: House of the Dragon, is an upcoming Game of Thrones prequel series. It was ordered by HBO in October 2019. House of the Dragon will heavily involve the dragonlord ancestors of Daenerys Targaryen, as well as the Dance of the Dragons. The prequel goes back approximately 200 years to center on the beginning of the end of the once all-powerful dynasty that dominated the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros.
Ryan Condal and Miguel Sapochnik will serve as showrunners and executive producers. George R.R. Martin, Vince Gerardis, Sara Hess, and Ron Schmidt will also serve as executive producers, with Greg Yaitanes as co-executive producer. The first season will premiere on August 21, 2022.
The concept for House of the Dragon was first pitched by George R.R. Martin in the summer of 2016. With the launch of HBO Max in May 2020, the House of the Dragon prequel is based on Martin's bestselling Fire & Blood. The first installment in the prequel book series was published in November 2018. It received a 10-episode straight-to-series order. Miguel Sapochnik will direct the pilot and additional episodes.
The title of the show derives from a passage from A Game of Thrones Chapter 3, Daenerys I: The water was scalding hot, but Daenerys did not flinch or cry out. She liked the heat. It made her feel clean. Besides, her brother had often told her that it was never too hot for a Targaryen. "Ours is the house of the dragon," he would say. "The fire is in our blood."
- "The prequel series finds the Targaryen dynasty at the absolute apex of its power, with more than 15 dragons under their yoke. Most empires—real and imagined—crumble from such heights. In the case of the Targaryens, their slow fall begins almost 193 years before the events of Game of Thrones, when King Viserys Targaryen breaks with a century of tradition by naming his daughter Rhaenyra heir to the Iron Throne. But when Viserys later fathers a son, the court is shocked when Rhaenyra retains her status as his heir, and seeds of division sow friction across the realm."
This list of characters describes their location and status as of the first episode of the series.
- Main article: House Targaryen
- Paddy Considine as King Viserys I Targaryen, the King of the Andals, the Rhoynar, and the First Men.
- Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen, the younger brother and heir presumptive of King Viserys.
- Emma D'Arcy and Milly Alcock as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, the first-born child of King Viserys.
- Tom Glynn-Carney, Jake Heard, and Rory Heard as Prince Aegon Targaryen. (MAJOR spoilers ahead)
- Ewan Mitchell as Prince Aemond Targaryen. (MAJOR spoilers ahead)
- Phia Saban as Princess Helaena Targaryen. (MAJOR spoilers ahead)
- Bethany Antonia as Lady Baela Targaryen. (MAJOR spoilers ahead)
- Phoebe Campbell as Lady Rhaena Targaryen. (MAJOR spoilers ahead)
- Main article: House Hightower
- Rhys Ifans as Otto Hightower, the Hand of the King to King Viserys.
- Olivia Cooke and Emily Carey as Alicent Hightower, the daughter of Otto.
- Main article: House Velaryon
- Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon, "the Sea Snake", the Lord of Driftmark.
- Eve Best as Princess Rhaenys Velaryon, "the Queen Who Never Was", the wife of Lord Corlys, originally of House Targaryen.
- Savannah Steyn as Lady Laena Velaryon, the daughter of Lord Corlys and Princess Rhaenys.
- John Macmillan and Theo Nate as Ser Laenor Velaryon, the son of Lord Corlys and Princess Rhaenys.
- Wil Johnson as Ser Vaemond Velaryon, the younger brother of Lord Corlys and commander in the Velaryon navy.
- Harry Collett as Prince Jacaerys Velaryon. (MAJOR spoilers ahead)
- Main article: House Strong
- Gavin Spokes as Lord Lyonel Strong, the Lord of Harrenhal and Master of Laws to King Viserys.
- Ryan Corr as Ser Harwin 'Breakbones' Strong, the eldest son of Lord Lyonel and heir to Harrenhal.
- Matthew Needham as Larys Strong, the younger son of Lord Lyonel.
- Main article: House Lannister
- Jefferson Hall as Lord Jason Lannister, the Lord of Casterly Rock and twin to Ser Tyland.
- Jefferson Hall as Ser Tyland Lannister, twin to Lord Jason.
In King's Landing
- Fabien Frankel as Ser Criston Cole, the common-born son of the steward to the Lord of Blackhaven.
- Sonoya Mizuno as Mysaria, the most trusted ally of Prince Daemon.
- David Horovitch as Grand Maester Mellos, a trusted advisor to King Viserys.
- Graham McTavish as Ser Harrold Westerling, a knight of the Kingsguard.
- Bill Paterson as Lord Lyman Beesbury, the Lord of Honeyholt and Master of Coin to King Viserys.
- George R.R. Martin: co-creator & executive producer
- Ryan Condal: co-creator, executive producer & showrunner
- Miguel Sapochnik: executive producer & showrunner
- Vince Gerardis: executive producer
- Sara Hess: executive producer
- Ron Schmidt: executive producer
- Ira Parker: co-executive producer
- Greg Yaitanes: co-executive producer
- Ryan Condal: episodes 1, 2, and 10; co-writer on episode 3
- Gabe Fonseca: episode 3 (co-written with Condal)
- Ira Parker: episode 4
- Charmaine DeGraté: episode 5 (with some revisions by Hess)
- Sara Hess: episodes 6 and 9 (and some revisions to episode 5 with DeGraté)
- Kevin Lau: episode 7
- Eileen Shim: episode 8
- Ti Mikkel (not credited with a specific episode but part of roundtable discussions)
- Miguel Sapochnik: episodes 1, 6 and 7
- Greg Yaitanes: episodes 2, 3 and 10
- Clare Kilner: episodes 4, 5 and 9
- Geeta V. Patel: episode 8
Each cinematographer (director of photography) is paired with a specific director's filming unit:
- Fabian Wagner (with Miguel Sapochnik)
- Pepe Avila del Pino (with Greg Yaitanes)
- Alejandro Martínez (with Clare Kilner)
- Catherine Goldschmidt (with Geeta Patel)
- Ramin Djawadi: composer
- Jany Temime: costume designer
- Jim Clay: production designer
- Tim Porter: film editor
- Crispin Green: film editor
- Lauren DeSantis: virtual production coordinator
- Simon Brindle: costume armor supervisor
- David J. Peterson: language consultant
- Michael Dawson: visual effects supervisor
- Daren Bailey: marine coordinator
- Steve Weightman: key grip
- Jack Parry: best boy grip
- Clive Williams: Libra Head technician
- Kate Rhodes James: casting director
- Main article: House of the Dragon filming locations
- House of the Dragon on A Wiki of Ice and Fire
- House of the Dragon on IMDb
- House of the Dragon on Wikipedia
- House of the Dragon Twitter account
- ‘Game Of Thrones’ Spinoff ‘House Of The Dragon’ Gets Straight To Series Go-Ahead From HBO, Deadline, October 29, 2019
- House of the Dragon | Official Website for the HBO Series | HBO.com
- Official Twitter account: "The series will premiere in 2022". January 1, 2021.
- The Dragons Take Wing George R. R. Martin, Not A Blog, October 30, 2019 - retrieved October 31, 2019
- ‘House Of the Dragon’: Rhys Ifans, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best & Sonoya Mizuno Join HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel
- HBO Releases First Official Teaser For HOUSE OF THE DRAGON
- ‘House Of The Dragon’: Ryan Corr, Jefferson Hall & David Horovitch Among 7 Cast In ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel Series
- Not A Blog, George R.R. Martin, April 15th, 2021.
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