The prequel is definitely on the way.

Game of Thrones is still talked about in certain circles (that final episode is still on my mind), but soon we’ll all have a new series to get our claws into. 

The House of the Dragon is the prequel to Game of Thrones, and looks at House Targaryen and the rise and fall of their House. The events take place 300 years before those depicted in Game of Thrones and it looks AMAZING. 

We are all stoked to learn all we can on this new epic-style drama. So let’s dive into what is known about it so far. 

Cast

The cast of this series is impressive! There are some big names and I have no doubt that there will be a fair few cameos in later episodes. 

Paddy Considine (HBO’s The Third Day and The Outsider) as King Viserys Targaryen

The one chosen by the lords of Westeros, at the Great Council at Harrenhal, to succeed the Old King, Jaehaerys Targaryen; he has a legacy to carry on. He wants to do right by the kingdom and yet, will everything go to plan? Well, you know Game of Thrones ofen gets rid of the good guys (RIP Ned), so don’t get too attached. 


Olivia Cooke (Ready Player One) as Alicent Hightower

The daughter of Otto Hightower, who is the Hand of the King. HBO calls her “the most comely woman in the Seven Kingdoms”, which is…nice. She’s close to the king and whilst she’s in his innermost circle, she uses her grace and political connections to make sure she’s ahead of the game. The pictures that have been circulated of her in the show are of her in a Tudor-style dress. Could we have another female loosely based on Anne Boleyn? I want Alicent to go the distance and not fall into any traps, metaphorically and physically. 


Emma D’arcy (Truth Seekers) as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen

Eldest child of the king. Dragonrider. Pure Valyrian blood. What more do you need to know about the woman who seemingly has everything? Oh, she’s not a man. However, I predict that she’s ‘Arya Stark’ in this series. She’ll survive to the end. 


Matt Smith (The Crown, Doctor Who) as Prince Daemon Targaryen

Heir to the throne and younger brother of King Viserys. A fierce warrior who has no match, possesses the true blood of the dragon and is a dragonrider. Is there anything that he cannot do?Knowing this series, he’ll either be a goner within four episodes or he’ll take over everything and will become my new favourite person. 


Steve Toussaint (It’s a Sin, Doctor Who) as Lord Corlys Velaryon (The Sea Snake)

With the largest navy in the world and a seat even richer than the Lannisters (boo), “The Sea Snake” has built a powerful house. He is the lord of House Velaryon, and is the most famed adventurer on the seas. The house boasts a bloodline that is as old as House Targaryen. He’ll probably end up in a battle with the Targaryens. 


Eve Best (The King’s Speech and Nurse Jackie) as Princess Rhaenys Valeryon

“The Queen Who Never Was”, she was passed over as heir to the throne, because, you’ve guessed it, she’s a woman! Her cousin Viserys was elected heir. She is the wife of Lord Corlys Velaryon and a dragonrider. Here’s hoping that we see her in a few battle scenes!


Rhys Ifans (Elementary, The Amazing Spider-Man) as Otto Hightower

Hand of the King, he is fiercely loyal to his king and the realm. Believes that Daemon is a threat to the realm and will do whatever it takes to keep his kingdom safe. Expect to see him whispering in corners and finding out secrets. 


Sonoya Mizuno (Crazy Rich Asians) as Mysaria

A mysterious figure who has been sold various times. She is now the most trusted ally of Prince Daemon. Her rise to the top must come before a fall, but how far will she go before that happens. 


Fabien Frankel (The Serpent) as Ser Criston Cole

The common-born son of the steward to the Lord of Blackhaven. Just like the infamous Alexander Hamilton, he has no money, land, soldiers or titles but he has his honour and a tolerance for pain (and is a natural with a sword). He is of Dornish descent. He’ll be a firm favourite with many fans. 


Who’s running the show? 

George R. R. Martin and Ryan Condal – are co-creators on the series. 

Condal will be joined by Miguel Sapochnik are showrunners and executive producers, joined by Martin , Vince Geradis, Sara Lee Hess and Ron Schmidt. 

Directors include Clare Kilner, Geeta V. Patel and Greg Yaitanes. 

Release Date

There is no firm release date for this as yet but it looks like it’ll be out in 2022. Here’s hoping that the filming schedule can keep on going even with the pandemic and travel restrictions. 

Keep an eye out for updates!