House Of The Dragon is based on George R.R. Martin's 2018 novel, Fire and Blood, which tells the story of the civil war between siblings Aegon II and Rhaenyra, who are fighting to win the Iron Throne, following the death of their father, Viserys I. And as we know, their fight dragged in the rest of Westeros, like House Stark and House Lannister, and saw the extinction of dragons—of course, that was until Khaleesi came onto the scene.
Joining Smith and D'Arcy is Steve Toussaint, who stars as Lord Corlys Velaryon, otherwise known as 'The Sea Snake'. A famous nautical adventurer, Velaryon is an ancestor from the ancient Valyrian bloodline, who is shockingly wealthier than than the Lannister family. Rhys Ifans is also set to play Otto Hightower, who was the Hand Of The King and believed Daemon to be the throne's biggest threat. Lastly, Olivia Cooke stars as Alicent Hightower, Otto's daughter and the wife of King Viserys I Targaryen.
And for those who were concerned that the prequel couldn't possibly live up to the intensity of the original show, well, today's your lucky day. Miguel Sapochnik, who directed Game of Thrones‘ ‘Battle of the Bastards’, among many other favourites, is taking on the role of showrunner, alongside co-creator Ryan Condal.
Intrigued? While HBO is yet to release a premiere date for House Of the Dragon, fans can rest easy knowing that the prequel is confirmed to air in 2022.
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