The story is set 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones and tells the story of a turbulent period for House Targaryen.
Game of Thrones became an international phenomenon, as it ran for eight seasons from 2011 to 2019. The show managed to get a record viewership on HBO and was adapted from the fantasy novel series, A Song of Ice and Fire, written by George R. R. Martin. It received 59 Primetime Emmy Awards, the most by a drama series. But the final season did not meet the expectations of the fans and many people expressed their disappointment with how the show was concluded.
But now the fantasy series is making a comeback with a prequel to the story of the Game of Thrones. The announcement for the prequel, titled House of the Dragon, came in 2019. It is based on Martin's 2018 novel Fire & Blood and is set two hundred years before the events of Game of Thrones.
Here's everything we know about it.
The story is set 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones and tells the story of a turbulent period for House Targaryen that set sibling against sibling and dragon against dragon. The main plot point still remains consistent and that is: who should rule on the Iron Throne. The story for the series has been in development for several years. The prequel has been in the works even before the GoT finale. At the time, the prequel was titled The Long Night and Martin had said of the series: "There's no King's Landing. There's no Iron Throne. There are no Targaryens - Valyria has hardly begun to rise yet with its dragons and the great empire that is built. We're dealing with a different and older world, and hopefully, that will be part of the fun of the series."
Martin also asked fans to pick up his anthologies — Dangerous Women, which depicts the civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons and wreaked havoc upon Westeros; Rogues, which depicts the life of Prince Daemon Targaryen, including his marriages, adventures, early life as well as misdeeds; along with Archmaester Gyldayn’s history, Fire & Blood to know what the prequel series will contain.
The cast members will include Paddy Considine as King Viserys Targaryen, Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower, Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen, Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon aka “The Sea Snake,” Eve Best as Princess Rhaenys Velaryon, Rhys Ifans as Otto Hightower, Sonoya Mizuno as Mysaria, Fabien Frankel as Ser Criston Cole, Milly Alcock as Young Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, Emily Carey will play Young Alicent Hightower, Ryan Corr as Ser Harwin ‘Breakbones’ Strong, Jefferson Hall as twins Lord Jason Lannister and Tyland Lannister.
Martin and Ryan Condal (Colony, Hercules) are the co-creators and Condal along with Miguel Sapochnik (Game of Thrones) are the showrunners of the series. Sapochnik is also the director of the series along with Clare Kilner (The Alienist: Angel of Darkness, The Wedding Date) and Geeta V. Patel (Meet the Patels, The Witcher) Greg Yaitanes (Banshee, House) is director and co-executive producer.
The series will officially arrive in 2022. It will be available on HBO and HBO Max. The production began earlier this year in April with filming taking place primarily in the United Kingdom along with some filming in the province of Cáceres in western Spain as well as California. The production was delayed for over a year due to the pandemic restrictions. The first season of the prequel will have 10 episodes.
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