House of the Dragon

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House of the Dragon
House of the Dragon logo.jpg
Created by
Based onFire & Blood
by George R. R. Martin
ComposerRamin Djawadi[1]
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producers
  • Ryan J. Condal
  • George R. R. Martin
  • Miguel Sapochnik
  • Vince Gerardis
  • Sara Lee Hess
  • Ron Schmidt
Production locations
DistributorWarner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution
Original networkHBO
Related showsGame of Thrones

House of the Dragon is an upcoming American fantasy drama television series created by George R. R. Martin and Ryan J. Condal for HBO. It is a prequel to the television series Game of Thrones (2011–2019) and is based on portions of Martin's 2018 novel Fire & Blood. Set two hundred years before the events of Game of Thrones, the series chronicles the beginning of the end of House Targaryen; the events leading up to and covering the Targaryen war of succession, known as the "Dance of the Dragons".

House of the Dragon received a straight-to-series order in October 2019 with casting beginning in July 2020 and principal photography beginning in April 2021 in the United Kingdom. The series is scheduled to premiere on August 21, 2022. Its first season will consist of ten episodes.

Cast and characters[edit]


  • Paddy Considine as King Viserys I Targaryen:[2] The fifth king of the Seven Kingdoms. Known as "a warm, kind, and decent man", Viserys was chosen by a council of lords to succeed his grandfather, Jaehaerys I Targaryen, as king.[3]
  • Emma D'Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen: King Viserys's firstborn child. She is a dragonrider who expects to become the Seven Kingdoms' first queen regnant.[3]
  • Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen: The heir presumptive to the Iron Throne, he is the younger brother of King Viserys, grandson to King Jaehaerys, and the uncle of Princess Rhaenyra. He is also an unrivaled warrior and an experienced dragonrider.[3]
  • Olivia Cooke as Lady Alicent Hightower: The daughter of Ser Otto Hightower, raised in the Red Keep and a part of the king's inner circle. Known as the most comely woman in the Seven Kingdoms.[3]
  • Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon: Known as the "Sea Snake", he is the head of House Velaryon and the most famous seafarer in Westerosi history.[3]
  • Eve Best as Princess Rhaenys Velaryon: A dragonrider and wife of Lord Corlys. Known as the "Queen Who Never Was," she was once a candidate to succeed her grandfather, King Jaehaerys, as ruler of the Seven Kingdoms, but was passed over in favor of her cousin Viserys.[3]
  • Fabien Frankel as Ser Criston Cole: A skilled swordsman from the Dornish Marches, he is the common-born son of the steward to the Lord of Blackhaven.[3]
  • Sonoya Mizuno as Mysaria: A foreign-born dancer who rose to become Prince Daemon's most trusted ally.[3]
  • Rhys Ifans as Ser Otto Hightower: Alicent's father, the Hand of the King, who serves King Viserys and the realm. He is a bitter political rival of Prince Daemon.[3]


  • Bethany Antonia as Lady Baela Targaryen: The eldest daughter of Laena Velaryon. She is a dragonrider whose mount is the young dragon Moondancer.[4]
  • Phoebe Campbell as Lady Rhaena Targaryen: The younger daughter of Laena Velaryon.[4]
  • Harry Collett as Prince Jacaerys Velaryon: Princess Rhaenyra's first-born son.[4]
  • Ryan Corr as Ser Harwin Strong: The eldest son to Master of Laws Lyonel Strong and heir to Harrenhal. Known as "Breakbones", he is said to be the strongest man in the Seven Kingdoms.[3]
  • Tom Glynn-Carney as Prince Aegon Targaryen: The first-born son of King Viserys.[4]
  • Jefferson Hall as Lord Jason Lannister/Ser Tyland Lannister: Jason is the Lord of Casterly Rock, and his identical twin Tyland is a cunning politician.[3]
  • David Horovitch as Grand Maester Mellos: A trusted advisor to King Viserys.[3]
  • Wil Johnson as Ser Vaemond Velaryon: Younger brother to Lord Corlys Velaryon and commander in the Velaryon navy.[5]
  • John Macmillan as Ser Laenor Velaryon: Son of Princess Rhaenys and Lord Corlys Velaryon.[5]
    • Theo Nate portrays young Laenor Velaryon.[5]
  • Graham McTavish as Ser Harrold Westerling: A member of the Kingsguard who has served since King Jaehaerys, he was once a powerful knight. He is tasked with watching over and protecting Princess Rhaenyra.[3]
  • Ewan Mitchell as Prince Aemond Targaryen: The second son of King Viserys, nephew to Prince Daemon, and half-brother to Princess Rhaenyra.[4]
  • Matthew Needham as Larys Strong: The younger son of Master of Laws Lyonel Strong.[3]
  • Bill Paterson as Lord Lyman Beesbury: Lord of Honeyholt and Master of Coin on King Viserys' small council.[3]
  • Phia Saban as Princess Helaena Targaryen: The second-born daughter of King Viserys, sister to princes Aegon and Aemond, half-sister to Princess Rhaenyra.[4]
  • Gavin Spokes as Lord Lyonel Strong: Master of Laws to King Viserys and Lord of Harrenhal.[3]
  • Savannah Steyn as Lady Laena Velaryon: Daughter of Princess Rhaenys and Lord Corlys Velaryon.[5]


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
1"The Heirs of the Dragon"[6]Miguel Sapochnik[7]Teleplay by : Ryan J. Condal[8]August 21, 2022 (2022-08-21)TBD
2"The Rogue Prince"[6]TBATBAAugust 28, 2022 (2022-08-28)TBD



In November 2018, George R. R. Martin, creator of A Song of Ice and Fire, stated that a "potential spin-off series would be solidly based on material in Fire & Blood."[9] By September 2019, a Game of Thrones prequel series from Martin and Ryan J. Condal that "tracks the beginning of the end for House Targaryen" was close to receiving a pilot order from HBO.[10] The following month, House of the Dragon, which is based on Martin's book Fire & Blood was given a straight-to-series order. Condal and Miguel Sapochnik, who won an Emmy Award for directing the episode "Battle of the Bastards", were selected to serve as showrunners. Sapochnik was also hired to direct the series premiere as well as additional episodes.[7] The series takes place 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones during the reign of King Viserys I Targaryen, ultimately leading to the Targaryen civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons.[11][12] The project is a reworking of the rejected spin-off concept from Game of Thrones writer Bryan Cogman, on which HBO officially passed.[13]


In January 2020, Casey Bloys, HBO's President of Programming, stated that writing process had begun and guessed that the series would premiere in 2022.[14]


Casting began in July 2020.[15] In October 2020, Paddy Considine was cast as Viserys I Targaryen.[2] By December, Olivia Cooke, Matt Smith and Emma D'Arcy were cast as Alicent Hightower, Daemon Targaryen and Rhaenyra Targaryen, respectively while Danny Sapani entered negotiations to join in an unspecified role.[16] In February 2021, Rhys Ifans, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best and Sonoya Mizuno were added to the main cast.[17] By April, Fabien Frankel joined the cast as Ser Criston Cole.[18] In May, Graham McTavish was spotted on set in full wardrobe.[19] Emily Carey and Milly Alcock were added to the cast in July 2021.[20]


Principal photography on the ten-episode first season of the series began in April 2021.[21] The series was filmed primarily in the United Kingdom.[22] During the last week of April 2021, filming took place in Cornwall.[23] British GQ reported in May 2021 that filming would also take place in Croatia and Morocco.[24] According to Production List, additionally, parts of the first season were filmed in Spain and California.[25] House of the Dragon was the first production to be shot at Warner Bros. Leavesden Studios' new virtual production stage.[26] On July 18, 2021, production paused for two days because of a positive COVID-19 case.[27]

The Spanish publication Hoy reported that House of the Dragon would be filmed in the Province of Cáceres in western Spain between October 11–21, 2021.[28] From October 26–31, the series was being filmed in Portugal at the Castle of Monsanto.[29] In February 2022, HBO confirmed that House of the Dragon had finished in production.[30]


Game of Thrones linguist David J. Peterson returned to continue his work on the constructed language High Valyrian.[31]


House of the Dragon is scheduled to premiere on August 21, 2022.[32]

International broadcast[edit]

In New Zealand, the series will be distributed by Sky's SoHo TV channel and Neon streaming service.[33] In India, Disney+ Hotstar is set to distribute the show.[34] In the UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Austria and Switzerland, the series will air on Sky Atlantic.[35]


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