HBO has announced a 2022 release for House of the Dragon, a Game of Thrones “successor show” that follows a Targaryen civil war that took place in Westeros 300 years before the events of the original series. Starring Paddy Considine, Matt Smith, and Emma D’Arcy, among others, the show is the GOT prequel we currently know the most about, compared to four others reportedly in the works (a moment of silence for the Naomi Watts spinoff that never was). From casts to plots, here’s everything that’s been revealed about the project set to take us back to George R.R. Martin’s universe.
What is it about?
House of the Dragon will follow the “Dance of the Dragons,” a Targaryen civil war that took place in Westeros and is referenced in Fire and Blood and The World of Ice and Fire. This particular battle of succession is also explored in two novellas, The Princess and the Queen and The Rogue Prince.
Who has been cast?
House of Targaryen representatives will include Paddy Considine as King Viserys Targaryen, with Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen, the king’s younger brother and heir to the throne, and Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, the king’s firstborn daughter. Olivia Cooke will play Alicent Hightower, the daughter of the Hand of the King, Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans). Steve Toussaint is set to take on the role of Lord Corlys Velaryon, also known as the Sea Snake, a nautical adventurer whose house boasts the world’s largest navy. Eve Best will play his wife, Princess Rhaenys Velaryon. Finally, Sonoya Mizuno will be Mysaria, an “unlikely ally” of the prince. On May 5, HBO released three photos of the cast looking very beachy.
Where is the show filming?
While Game of Thrones was based in Northern Ireland for its entire run, it appears that House of the Dragon has opted to shoot in England instead. According to Radio Times, HBO confirmed in 2020 that House of the Dragon’s production headquarters would be at Leavesden Studios (the site of the Harry Potter films) in Watford, England. Fans have also speculated that some scenes will be shot in Cornwall, England, after noticing that a stone archway set being constructed there appears to have a Velaryon crest.
On April 27, The Daily Mail spotted Smith and D’Arcy walking together in costume on a beach along the southwest coast of Cornwall. Repping the colors of House Targaryen’s coat of arms, Smith is dressed down to his boots in black, while D’Arcy wears a gown with several shades of red. Both dragonriders, of course, are sporting icy blonde wigs that would make Daenerys proud.
When can we watch?
HBO announced on April 26 that House of the Dragon was currently in production and set to release on HBO Max sometime in 2022.