House of the Dragon, prequel to Game of Thrones, is finally set to premiere this August

by Dawn Pillay
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“It’s dark, it’s powerful, it’s visceral… just the way I like my epic fantasy,” – George R. R. Martin

Have you heard? Game of Thrones is finally back with its brand-spankin’ new prequel, House of the Dragon, scheduled to premiere on 21 August this year.

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It’s been three years since that ending in 2019 when we finally watched Game of Thrones conclude after eight years of obsessively following the incredible series since it first premiered in 2011. (Even though George R. R. Martin has yet to finish writing the actual book series, A Song of Ice and Fire, with two books still unreleased.)

When Game of Thrones concluded, it seemed like most people worldwide were collectively disappointed in the underwhelming way it ended. The journey was amazing (especially with the absolutely bonkers episode 9 for each season leading up to the finale season), but the destination (read: ending) was just bleh.  

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However you felt about the ending, if you loved Game of Thrones, you will probably enjoy the latest instalment set 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones. House of the Dragon chronicles the beginning of the end of House Targaryen from the events leading up to the Targaryen civil war (also known as the “Dance of the Dragons) to the war itself.

Promising more dragons, battles and an epic fantasy watching experience to get completely immersed in, the cast and characters have been released and the plot is shaping up to look just as intense and exciting.

Meet the Characters

King Viserys Targaryen

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]Viserys was chosen by the lords of Westeros to succeed the Old King, Jaehaerys Targaryen, at the Great Council at Harrenhal. A warm, kind, and decent man, Viserys only wishes to carry forward his grandfather’s legacy, but as we’ve learned from Game of Thrones, good men do not necessarily make for great kings.

Prince Daemon Targaryen

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The younger brother to King Viserys and heir to the throne. A peerless warrior and a dragonrider, Daemon possesses the true blood of the dragon. But it is said that whenever a Targaryen is born, the gods toss a coin in the air…

Alicent Hightower 

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She’s the daughter of Otto Hightower, the Hand of the King, and the most comely woman in the Seven Kingdoms. She was raised in the Red Keep, close to the king and his innermost circle; she possesses both a courtly grace and a keen political acumen.

Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen

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The king’s first-born child. She is of pure Valyrian blood, and she is a dragonrider. Many would say that Rhaenyra was born with everything… but she was not born a man.

Lord Corlys Velaryon, “The Sea Snake”

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The lord of House Velaryon, a Valyrian bloodline as old as House Targaryen. As “The Sea Snake,” the most famed nautical adventurer in the history of Westeros, Lord Corlys built his house into a powerful seat that is even richer than the Lannisters and that claims the largest navy in the world.

Princess Rhaenys Velaryon 

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A dragonrider and wife to Lord Corlys Velaryon, “The Queen Who Never Was” was passed over as heir to the throne at the Great Council because the realm favoured her cousin, Viserys, simply for being male.

Ser Criston Cole 

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Of Dornish descent, Ser Criston is the common-born son of the steward to the Lord of Blackhaven. He has no claim to land or titles; all he has to his name is his honor and his preternatural skill with a sword.

Mysaria 

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She came to Westeros with nothing, sold more times than she can recall, and she could have wilted… but instead, she rose to become the most trusted – and most unlikely – ally of Prince Daemon Targaryen, the heir to the throne.

Otto Hightower 

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The Hand of the King, Ser Otto loyally and faithfully serves both his king and his realm. As the Hand sees it, the greatest threat to the realm is the king’s brother, Daemon, and his position as heir to the throne.

Looking forward to catching the new series when it’s finally up? Watch the teaser and get excited. 

Winter might be over, but House of the Dragon is coming in a full blaze of fire and spectacular visuals.

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🗓️ 21 Aug 2022

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