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Everything We Know about House of the Dragon

Comic-Con Extended Trailer | House of the Dragon (HBO)

Yes! We first saw footage of the show in a brief first teaser trailer that was released on October 5, 2021. (See more: Who’s Who in House of the Dragon’s Fiery First Trailer)


On May 5, 2022, HBO Max gave us a second teaser that gives a little more flavor about the conflict over the successor to the Iron Throne that sparks the major conflict of House of the Dragon. (See more: A New House of the Dragon Trailer Sets Westeros on Fire)

Posters have also been released by HBO Max. The official trailer came out on July 20, 2022. San Diego Comic-Con also gave us an extended trailer which you can view above. (See more: The Latest House of Dragon Trailer Promises a New Throne Game, also House of Dragons’ Extended Comic Con Trailer Has More Houses, More Dragons)


Why this story, and not one of G.R.R. Martin’s other tales?

HBO says it chose to tell this story because the book it is based on, Fire & Blood: 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones, is already completed and published, so the producers will have a full roadmap to the series. (Read more: Here’s Why Game of Thrones Spin-Off House of the Dragon Was Chosen Over the Others.) You can read an excerpt from the book here.


Fans who are waiting for a Dunk and Egg TV series are going to have to wait.

Who is in the cast? Who do they play?

First images from Games of Thrones spin-off House of the Dragon. Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen.

Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen.
Image: HBO


  • Paddy Considine plays King Viserys Targaryen, a kind man who has been chosen to rule by the lords of Westeros.
  • Olivia Cooke (you might remember her from Ready Player One) is Alicent Hightower, daughter of the Hand of the King.
  • Emma D’Arcy plays Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, the king’s first-born child, and named by him to be the next ruler of the seven kingdoms.
  • Matt Smith (yes, the Eleventh Doctor) is Prince Daemon Targaryen, younger brother of King Viserys I, and would-be heir to the throne as the closest male relative to the King—if he didn’t ultimately side with his niece in the coming civil war.
  • Steve Toussaint is Corlys Velaryon, aka “The Sea Snake,” lord of a Valyrian bloodline as old as House Targaryen.
  • Eve Best is Princess Rhaenys Velaryon, wife to Lord Corlys Velaryon, known as “The Queen Who Never Was” because she was passed over as heir to the throne in favor of her cousin Viserys.
  • Rhys Ifans is Otto Hightower, the Hand of the King.

Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower and Rhys Ifans as Otto Hightower in HBO's House of Dragon.

Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower and Rhys Ifans as Otto Hightower.
Image: HBO


Other cast members include Sonoya Mizuno, Fabien Frankel, Milly Alcock, Emily Carey, Ryan Corr, Jefferson Hall, David Horovitch, Graham McTavish, Matthew Needham, Bill Paterson, Gavin Spokes, and Ewan Mitchell.

How can I watch House of the Dragon?

The show is broadcast on the HBO cable network, and available on-demand via the HBO Max streaming service. Both require a subscription.


What other Game of Thrones shows are in the works?

HBO Max is reportedly working on at least three animated shows set in Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” universe, including one focused on the Golden Empire of Yi Ti. (Read more: Game of Thrones May Cross the Narrow Sea With Even More Animated Series.)


HBO was working on another prequel series, which was written by Jane Goldman, starred Naomi Watts, and set thousands of years before the first show. A pilot had been filmed and was in post-production when HBO canceled the show. Several other rumored Game of Thrones projects also appear to be canceled or in limbo.

What if I need even more Game of Thrones in my life?

Robert Baratheon is likely to be front and center in a new Game of Thrones Broadway show.

Robert Baratheon is likely to be front and center in a new Game of Thrones stage production.
Image: HBO


There is also a Game of Thrones Broadway show in the works, which will focus on “the Great Tourney at Harrenhal,” an event often referred to in the original TV series and books because it kickstarted the war between Robert Baratheon and the Targaryens.

For more news, coverage, and episode recaps on all House of the Dragon look below:

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Correction 10/7/2021, 4:45 p.m. ET: A previous version of this post misstated the Targaryen heirs’ status.

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