House Of The Dragon is the latest spin-off from HBO’s hugely successful Game Of Thrones. From the mind of George R.R. Martin, work is underway on the latest fantasy series which is sure to recapture some of the magic of the original run in Westeros.
The series is under lock and key when it comes to secrets about the production, but there’s still plenty of information out there for hardcore fans and mainstream audiences alike when it comes to what to expect from the show. From the cast and crew behind the series to the lore it plays into and even its release date, there’s a lot to be excited about in regards to House Of The Dragon.
10 It’s A Prequel To Game Of Thrones
It’s been widely reported that House Of The Dragon will indeed be a prequel series, set far before the events of Game Of Thrones. The idea is that it’s set during the height of the Targaryen rule over Westeros, the same House from which Daenerys the Mother Of Dragons finds her origins.
Much like most major conflicts in Westeros, the series surrounds the fight for the Iron Throne. With the Targaryens each making their claim within the family, the House struggles with the insanity that runs through the bloodline as danger lies around every corner; especially when there are dragons around. It’s likely that this will be heavily based on the book, Fire & Blood, which chronicles the history of this House.
9 Some Locations Will Be The Same
Although Game Of Thrones traveled across the Seven Kingdoms and beyond, it appears that a number of familiar locations will be showcased once more in House Of The Dragon. That isn’t to say that there won’t be other places to explore further afield, though.
Regardless, both King’s Landing (the capital of Westeros), and Dragonstone (the home of the Targaryens) will be major places within this story. Oldtown will also be influential considering the role the Maesters often play in these conflicts but there’s sure to be other locations that fans are hopeful to see and explore once more.
8 New Characters Will Debut
A wide array of new characters will make their debut on screen in the show. The initial monarch is King Viserys Targaryen I, a noble and good man and a kind King whose death leads to a major power struggle. His court includes his trusted hand Otto Hightower and his daughter Alicent who holds the King’s ear more than most. He is also accompanied by his largely unstable brother Prince Daemon Targaryen, a dragon-rider and mighty warrior.
His daughter Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen is the first in line to the throne technically, but her claim to the crown is threatened by her war-mongering half-brother Aegon II, who has been named the King’s successor. Other key characters introduced include Lord Corlys Velaryon known as the ‘Sea Snake,’ his wife who was passed over as Queen by the Kingdom Princess Rhaenys Velaryon, as well as the former slave Mysaria and the knight Ser Criston Cole.
7 It’s Based On Pre-Existing Material
While Game Of Thrones may have gotten ahead of the source material it was based upon, the literature already exists in its entirety for House Of The Dragon. The story is mainly based upon the tale within A Song Of Ice And Fire known as the Dance Of The Dragons.
The story has been fleshed out further in supporting materials including in The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones and most notably Fire & Blood. The pre-existing narrative sees the two Targaryen half-siblings at war with one another, dividing the Seven Kingdoms into two factions longing for power with Daemon Targaryen consequently descending into madness and Aegon III’s succession causing chaos.
6 There Are Links To Game Of Thrones
Of course, since it’s a prequel series there are plenty of exciting links to the main Game Of Thrones storylines. The Dance Of The Dragons itself has actually be documented within the series through passing mention. The war itself had dire consequences for the future of House Targaryen.
The reason the Kingdom turned its back on dragons is due to this conflict. The might of the royal household was always lesser after it had been heavily divided and weakened. Viserys III and Dany’s heritage is linked to this war. What’s more, madness runs through the Targaryen line and it can be traced back to Aegon II, the would-be King.
5 Its Budget Could Be Big
The final season of Game Of Thrones had a budget of over $15 million per episode. Numbers like these are not sustainable for HBO in the long run, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be sinking a lot of money into the potential success of this Westeros spin-off.
HBO is yet to release any news in regards to the actual numbers surrounding the budget, but with more dragons in the show than in Game Of Thrones this could impact the money being spent. What’s more, the series will have a 10 episode run, meaning the cost will be spread across further episodes than GOT’s final season.
4 We Know The Creative Team
The creative team is vitally important behind any of these projects and although George R.R. Martin has a role on the show, Benioff and Weiss have largely left Westeros behind in terms of writing duties. Instead, Martin and Ryan Condal will be taking the reigns as co-creators after demonstrating their action skills on blockbusters like Rampage and Hercules alongside TV potential with Colony.
Former Game Of Thrones director Miguel Sapochnik joins Ryan as a showrunner while also acting (alongside Martin) as an executive producer with Vince Gerardis, Sara Lee Hess, and Ron Schmidt. Sapochnik, Greg Yaitanes (House) Clare Kilner (The Alienist), and Geeta V. Patel (The Witcher) will all be directing on the show, as Ramin Djawadi produces its music after stints on GOT and Westworld.
3 The Cast Is All Set
Game Of Thrones was celebrated for its casting choices and it’s likely something that House Of The Dragon will get right as well. The cast list includes character actor Paddy Considine (Peaky Blinders), blockbuster newcomer Olivia Cooke (Ready Player One), comedy star Emma D’Arcy (Truth Seekers), and the continuously rising talent Matt Smith (Doctor Who, The Crown).
Steve Toussaint (It’s A Sin), Eve Best (Lucky Man), Rhys Ifans (The Amazing Spider-Man), Sonoya Mizuno (Devs), Fabien Frankel (The Serpent), Milly Alcock (Reckoning), and Emily Carey (Casualty) round out the cast. There are very likely to be no returning cast members from the original series.
2 It’s In Production
House Of The Dragon has already sped through pre-production and has been in the main stages of production and filming for some time. They have recently had to take a pause though due to the ongoing global crisis but should be back on track relatively soon.
That means that the post-production process will go on throughout the end of the year; although there is no doubt that plenty of work has already begun especially in regards to the visual effects and the complexities of animating and rendering the dragons themselves.
1 News On A Release Date
Fans have many questions about the future of the Song Of Ice And Fire franchise on screen and shouldn’t have to wait too long to have their answers. The official release date is yet to be revealed although it has been confirmed to be at some point in 2022 (most likely the second half).
Recent delays have certainly pushed the release date back further, although Google itself has the release date listed as January 1st, 2022. This seems like a very ambitious timeline if that is the case, but hope there’s hope that ‘Fire Will Reign’ extremely soon!