House of the Dragon cast and release date

House of the Dragon cast and release date

Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen, younger brother of King Viserys and heir to the throne in House of the Dragon.  (Sky/HBO)

Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen, younger brother of King Viserys and heir to the throne in House of the Dragon. (Sky/HBO)

Dragon season is almost upon us as the highly anticipated War of Thrones prequel dragon house is scheduled to come out August 21st in the US and August 22nd in the UK.

Airing on HBO in the US and on Sky Atlantic and NOW for UK audiences, the 10-part series follows the mighty Targaryen dynasty and is set 200 years before the events of War of Thrones.

dragon house is based on the 2018 novel by George RR Martin fire and blood that delves deep into the history of the Targaryens and the slow demise of a once-great house.

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The 736-page book details the dragon-powered battle for the Iron Throne during its bloody civil war, better known as ‘The Dance of Dragons’, fought from 129 to 131 AD in the expansive A. Song of Ice and Fire Timeline.

Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower and Rhys Ifans as Otto Hightower (Twitter/HouseofDragon)

Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower and Rhys Ifans as Otto Hightower (Twitter/HouseofDragon)

The series is expected to largely follow the romance of the source material, unlike War of Throneswhere the series overtook George RR Martin’s novels.

Ryan Condal and Miguel Sapochnik are the showrunners of dragon house and will replace David Benioff and DB Weiss, who served as showrunners on all eight seasons of War of Thrones.

Sapochnik is already very familiar with the world of Westeros, having directed some of the most significant episodes of Thrones, including ‘Battle of the Bastards‘ and the controversial ending, ‘The Winter Winds‘. Ryan Condal is a producer and writer and executive producer of the American science fiction drama series Colony.

SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 22: Director Miguel Sapochnik attends the

Director Miguel Sapochnik participates in the War of Thrones panel during Comic-Con International 2016. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)

The dynamic pair recently discussed adapting fire and blood in dragon house during an appearance on the Coupledom podcast, hosted by Idris and Sabrina Elba.

In the episode, Condal tries to reassure fans that he intends to keep the series as faithful to George RR. Martin as possible and he also talks about his unique writing relationship with Martin.

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After the divisive final season of War of Thrones which resulted in 3 million fans signing a ‘Remake Game of Thrones Season 8’ petition, HBO is sure to make sure to keep fans on their side dragon house and get the multimillion-dollar franchise back on track.

Ryan Condal at Comic-Con.  (Getty Images)

Ryan Condal at Comic-Con. (Getty Images)

HBO has already canceled another thrones prequel, ‘The Long Night’ despite spending millions of dollars on the pilot, which should indicate how serious HBO is dragon house right.

Maintaining fan loyalty will also be more challenging during the all-important first season, as House of the Dragon is also taking on Amazon’s epic fantasy series. The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Powerwhich will stream on Prime Video from September 2.

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Dragon House.  (Sky/HBO)

Milly Alcock plays young Rhaenyra Targaryen and Emily Carey plays young Alicent Hightower in dragon house. (Sky/HBO)

HBO has officially confirmed that the 10-part series will premiere on August 21st via HBO Max in the US and will stream simultaneously on Sky Atlantic/NOW in the UK in the early hours of August 22nd.

The show’s official Twitter account broke the news on March 30 of this year, with a simple tweet: “August 21. #HouseoftheDragon.” which sent fans into an online frenzy.

A series of teaser tweets followed with new photos of key characters, including King Viserys Targaryen, Prince Daemon Targaryen and Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen.

As dragon house is an HBO series, the new episodes will likely follow the same format War of Thrones and be released weekly instead of dropping all at once on streaming platforms.

Filming for the first season began in late April 2021, with Leavesden Studios in England acting as the base for the production, with exterior scenes filmed in various UK locations including Cornwall and Devon.

dragon house cast

Paddy Considine in House of the Dragon (Sky/HBO)

Paddy Considine as King Viserys I Targaryen in Dragon House. (Sky/HBO)

as with War of Thrones, we have a rounded cast with some new talent and familiar faces entering the world of Westeros.

Peaky Blinders Star Paddy Considine takes on one of the leading roles as King Viserys Targaryen, the fifth Targaryen king to occupy the coveted Iron Throne. HBO describes King Viserys as “a warm, kind and decent man, Viserys only wants to carry on his grandfather’s legacy.”

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Another notable name in the cast is English actor Matt Smith, best known for playing the eleventh incarnation of the Doctor in Doctor who and for his recent role in morbiusthe most recently Spider man Sony spin-off.

Emma D'Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen (Twitter/HouseofDragon)

Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen (Twitter/HouseofDragon)

Smith will play Prince Daemon Targaryen, the younger brother of King Viserys and heir to the throne. Described by HBO as “a peerless warrior and dragon rider, Daemon possesses true dragon blood.”

Beloved Welsh actor Rhys Ifans will star as Otto Hightower, the Hand of the King, who loyally and faithfully serves both his king and his kingdom. Ifans has amassed an impressive list of film and TV credits during his long career, including, Spider-Man: No Way Home, The five year engagement, Mr. nice and Notting Hill.

Dragon House.  (Sky/HBO)

Fabien Frankel as Ser Criston Cole in dragon house. (Sky/HBO)

Other cast members include Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower and Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon aka “The Sea Serpent”.

what happens in dragon house?

Fans of the source material novel, fire and blood will be familiar with many of the plotlines we can expect to see in the series. That’s if HBO clings to the source material, of course, and resists leaving the network as seasons progress.

HBO official dragon house The synopsis reads: “The prequel series finds the Targaryen dynasty at the absolute height of its power, with more than 15 dragons under its yoke.

Dragon House.  (Sky/HBO)

Steve Toussaint as The Sea Snake & Eve Best as Princess Rhaenys Velaryon in dragon house. (Sky/HBO)

“Most empires – real and imagined – collapse from such heights. In the case of the Targaryens, their slow downfall begins nearly 193 years before the events of War of Throneswhen King Viserys Targaryen breaks 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 heiress status, and seeds of division sow friction across the realm.”

Given that the series will follow the bloody ‘dance of the dragons’ civil war, we can expect some epic dragon battles as various factions of the Targaryen dynasty and their followers clash for power.

dragon house trailer

One new dragon house The trailer was released on May 5 and gave fans a better look at the main characters and some hints about the stories to come.

The extended trailer has been viewed over 12 million times on YouTube and currently has over 11,000 comments.

dragon house will premiere on Sky and NOW on August 22nd.

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