House of the Dragon: Cast, release date and everything we know so far about the Game of Thrones prequel

Find out everything you need to know about the Game of Thrones prequel starring Matt Smith, Paddy Considine and Rhys Ifans.

By Becky Gamester-Newton Published: 6 October 2021 - 11.08am
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Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower and Rhys Ifans as Otto Hightower in House of the Dragon

Game of Thrones may have finished in 2019, but there’s still more of the story to be told.

House of the Dragon is a prequel to the hugely popular show and is set to wow Game of Thrones fans with an all-star cast.

Find out everything we know so far about the series.

What is House of the Dragon about?

A dragon in House of the Dragon

Based on George RR Martin’s Fire & Blood, the series is set 300 years before Game of Thrones (so don’t expect any of those characters to reappear, apart from maybe a dragon!).

It’s thought that we’ll find out about the history of the Lannisters, Targaryens and Baratheons as the history of Westeros is explored.

The Targaryen Civil War will be its main focal point.

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House of the Dragon cast

Emma D'Arcy as Rhaenyra Targaryen and Matt Smith as Daemon Targaryen in House of the Dragon

The cast list is already looking impressive.

Matt Smith plays Prince Daemon Targaryen – a peerless warrior and dragon rider, the younger brother to King Viserys is heir to the throne.

Emma D’Arcy stars as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, who is the king’s first-born child and of pure Valyrian blood.

Steve Toussaint as The Sea Snake in House of the Dragon

Lord Corlys Velaryon – aka The Sea Snake – is played by Steve Toussaint. His character is the most famed nautical adventurer in the history of Westeros. House Velaryon is a Valyrian bloodline as old as House Targaryen.

Paddy Considine has won the role of King Viserys I, and Eve Best will play Princess Rhaenys Velaryon.

Rhys Ifans plays Otto Hightower - the hand of the king - and Olivia Cooke plays Otto's daughter Alicent.

House of the Dragon trailer

Sky released this dazzling first-look trailer in October:

Release date and how to watch

House of the Dragon will air on Sky Atlantic and NOW in 2022.


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