Although the tenth anniversary of Game Of Thrones was less a bang than a whimper, with that disappointing finale having more-or-less wiped out the fandom, the prequel show House Of The Dragons is still in production – and has just released its first photos from the set.
Created by George R.R. Martin, Ryan Condal and Miguel Sapochnik and based on Martin’s mock-history of Westeros Fire & Blood, House Of The Dragon will be set 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones, during a civil war among the dragon-happy House Targaryen which becomes known as the Dance of the Dragons.
The images, shown below, show cast members Emma D’Arcy, Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Rhys Ifans, and Steve Toussaint in costume – also confirmed as cast members are Paddy Considine as King Viserys Targaryen, Fabien Frankel, Eve Best, and Sonoya Mizuno.
Olivia Cooke (above) stars as Alicent Hightower, head of the ‘green’ faction of the Targaryens. Rhys Ifans appears to be starring as one of the various Hands of the King/Queen who the civil war burnt its way through.
Emma D’Arcy stars as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, one of the claimants to the throne and head of the ‘black’ faction. Former Doctor Who Matt Smith stars as Prince Daemon Targaryen, Rhaenyra’s close ally and likely lover (we know what the Targaryens are like).
Steve Toussaint (above) stars as Lord Corlys Velaryon, known as the Sea Snake, head of an ancient house who like the Targaryens originally hail from Valyria, and who becomes Hand to Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen during the civil war.
It’s already been confirmed that Game Of Thrones composer Ramin Djawadi, whose work stayed one of the strongest parts of the show right to the end, will be returning as composer for House Of The Dragon. Having learned what not to do, it’s possible House Of The Dragon could end up being the beloved fantasy drama that Game Of Thrones very nearly was.
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