Whether you like it or not, HBO will be returning to Westeros next year with the release of their first Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon.
Based on George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood, the series — which is set 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones — tells the story of House Targaryen and its civil war.
Beginning production in late April ahead of its 2022 release, HBO has finally released the first look at House of the Dragon by unveiling official photos of the series’ main cast.
Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen
Prince Daemon Targaryen: The younger brother to King Viserys and heir to the throne. A peerless warrior and a dragonrider, Daemon possesses the true blood of the dragon. But it is said that whenever a Targaryen is born, the gods toss a coin in the air…
Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower and Rhys Ifans as Otto Hightower
Alicent Hightower: The daughter of Otto Hightower, the Hand of the King, and the most comely woman in the Seven Kingdoms. She was raised in the Red Keep, close to the king and his innermost circle; she possesses both a courtly grace and a keen political acumen.
Otto Hightower: The Hand of the King, Ser Otto loyally and faithfully serves both his king and his realm. As the Hand sees it, the greatest threat to the realm is the king’s brother, Daemon, and his position as heir to the throne.
Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon, “The Sea Snake”
Lord Corlys Velaryon, The Sea Snake: Lord of House Velaryon, a Valyrian bloodline as old as House Targaryen. As “The Sea Snake,” the most famed nautical adventurer in the history of Westeros, Lord Corlys built his house into a powerful seat that is even richer than the Lannisters and that claims the largest navy in the world.
The 10-episode first season of House of the Dragon will premiere on HBO (and will be available to stream on HBO Max) in 2022. Game of Thrones used to premiere anytime between April and June, so I imagine House of the Dragon will debut in that same quarter.