Come this Sunday, we will be just two weeks away from the premiere of House of the Dragon — the House Targaryen-focused Game of Thrones prequel that represents the first project set in Westeros since the iconic HBO series ended back in 2019.
HBO is likely hoping that House of the Dragon will quickly wash away the sour taste that Game of Thrones’ final season left in the mouths of fans three years ago, and according to its star Matt Smith, one way the new series tries to accomplish that is by harkening back to the O.G. days of Game of Thrones, the days where the series infamously featured gratuitous sex scenes.
House of the Dragon star Matt Smith thinks there’s too much sex in the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel
“You do find yourself asking, ‘Do we need another sex scene?’” Smith said in a recent interview with Rolling Stone.
“And they’re like, ‘Yeah, we do.’ I guess you have to ask yourself: ‘What are you doing? Are you representing the books, or are you diluting the books to represent the time [we’re living in]?’ And I actually think it’s your job to represent the books truthfully and honestly, as they were written.”
House of the Dragon features an ensemble cast that stars the aforementioned Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen, Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower, Rhys Ifans as Otto Hightower, Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon, Paddy Considine as King Viserys Targaryen, and more.
The first episode of the highly-anticipated series — which is just one of many Game of Thrones spinoffs set to hit HBO and HBO Max in the coming years — will hit HBO and HBO Max on Sunday, August 21, 2022.