HBO drops first trailer for “House of the Dragon”: Everything you need to know

While “Game of Thrones” fans were really disappointed with how the creators ended the legendary show in 2019, they are much excited for the hugely anticipated prequel “House of the Dragon.” HBO Max has recently dropped its first trailer for the upcoming show and it promises ‘fire and blood’ along with a thrilling plot.

Based on the book “Fire & Blood” by George R. R. Martin, the new series is set 200 years prior to the event when Drogon melted the throne in a furious reaction to Daenerys’ death in the “Game of Thrones” finale.

House of the Dragon will tell the story of House Targaryen and the Targaryen civil war that came to be known as the “Dance of the Dragons.”

Promising Teaser

With a 10-episode format, the series will launch in 2022. Although the one-minute teaser doesn’t offer much details of the highly-awaited show, it does give quick glimpses of sword fights, jousting sequences and royal banquets.

The trailer has a voiceover from Matt Smith’s Prince Daemon Targaryen, saying, “Gods. Kings. Fire. And Blood…Dreams didn’t make us kings – dragons did.” It ends with Emma D’Arcy’s Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen approaching the infamous Iron Throne.

Evidently, the series will chronicle the civil war that led to the eventual downfall of the House Targaryen, ending with the death of Aerys, the Mad King.

Furthermore, a Valyrian steel dagger, which fans will recognize from GoT, can be seen wielded by Alicent Hightower in the teaser. This dagger was first seen during the assassination attempt on Brandon Stark’s life in the first season; later Arya used it to execute Littlefinger in season 7 and to kill the Night King in the final season.

The Cast  

House of the Dragon stars Matt Smith as Prince Daemon, Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, Olivia Cooke as Queen Alicent Hightower, Steve Toussaint as Corlys Velaryon, Sonoya Mizuno as Lady Mysaria, Rhys Ifans as Otto Hightower and Paddy Considine as King Viserys Targaryen, the First of His Name.

The series recently unveiled seven new actors for the show Ryan Corr, Jefferson Hall, David Horovitch, Gavin Spokes, Graham McTavish, Bill Paterson and Matthew Needham.

The co-showrunners of the series will be Miguel Sapochnik and Ryan Condal, who will also serve as executive producers alongside Martin and Vince Gerardis. Martin and Condal are the co-creators of the show.

What to Expect

Well, one sure thing that can be expected from the GoT prequel is a lot more dragons, as Martin himself has confirmed. The author said that the show will have around 17 winged creatures, each with a distinct color and personality.

The much-coveted Iron Throne will be featured in the show. According to the book, the throne was made out of 1,000 swords of the Targaryen’s fallen enemies, which was forged in the fire of the greatest dragon, Balerion the Black Dread.

House of the Dragon asymmetric throne is a more accurate representation of Martin’s vision, while the GoT model was reduced in scale amid budget crunches in the beginning.

The famous Blackfyre sword will be making its debut, a Valyrian steel sword that belonged to Aegon the Conqueror, who created the whole Targaryen dynasty with the help of his two sisters/wives. The sword was passed down for generations until it was lost in the Blackfyre Rebellion.