“Game of Thrones” is considered – apart from the controversial last season – as one of the best series of all time. After years of waiting, fans are finally getting a refill with “House of the Dragon”.
It has long been known that after the end of “Game of Thrones” the franchise is far from over. The spin-off “House of the Dragon” was the first to be officially confirmed and went into production – and now the time has finally come.
After it was previously clear that the prequel series should start in 2022, HBO has now announced the specific start date. Accordingly, the ten-episode first season of the prequel will premiere Sunday, August 21 on HBO Max.
The prequel series is based on George RR Martin’s 2018 book Fire & Blood and is set approximately 200 years before the events of the original Game of Thrones series. The new series and book detail the history of House Targaryen before House Baratheon wrested power from them.
George RR Martin himself served as co-creator and executive producer. Co-showrunners and writers are Ryan Condal, Miguel Sapochnik and Sara Hess. It stars Paddy Considine as King Viserys Targaryen, Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen, Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower, Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon, Eve Best as Princess Rhaenys Targaryen, Fabien Frankel as Ser Criston Cole, Sonoya Mizuno as Mysaria and Rhys Ifans as Otto Hightower.