Monday 15 August 2022 04:52 PM House Of The Dragon: All you need to know ahead of season premiere trends now

Monday 15 August 2022 04:52 PM House Of The Dragon: All you need to know ahead of season premiere trends now
Monday 15 August 2022 04:52 PM House Of The Dragon: All you need to know ahead of season premiere trends now

Monday 15 August 2022 04:52 PM House Of The Dragon: All you need to know ahead of season premiere trends now

After hints, teasers, casting calls, an unprecedented pandemic and a somewhat disappointing end to one of the biggest shows in recent history, winter is once again upon us. 

From Monday evening long awaited Game Of Thrones prequel House Of The Dragon is set to unpick the fraught, fractious and undeniably incestuous lives of Daenerys Targaryen's distant relatives. 

While anticipation rapidly builds, one hopes an early thaw doesn't put a dampener on the expectations of those still recovering from the arguably rushed climax of its predecessor - but what can we expect from the new show?

With £16million spent on each of its ten one hour episodes, one would expect rather a lot. The HBO series was created by Game Of Thrones author George R.R. Martin and is based on his sprawling 2018 book Fire & Blood - a comprehensive history of the House Targaryen. 

Winter is back: From Monday evening long awaited Game Of Thrones prequel House Of The Dragon is set to unpick the fraught, fractious and undeniably incestuous lives of Daenerys Targaryen's distant relatives

Winter is back: From Monday evening long awaited Game Of Thrones prequel House Of The Dragon is set to unpick the fraught, fractious and undeniably incestuous lives of Daenerys Targaryen's distant relatives

Set 200 years before the bloody battle for the seven kingdoms depicted in Game of Thrones, House Of The Dragon will document the events leading up to Martin's fictionalised War of Succession - a battle for the throne that is ominously referred to as the Dance of the Dragons. 

The bitter power struggle, documented in the final two chapters of Martin's novel, serves as the connective tissue linking House Of Dragon to Game Of Thrones by drawing attention to the plight of the Targaryen clan and detailing why only two family members - Daenerys and doomed brother Viserys - survived the cull.

With eight generations separating the new show from Game Of Thrones, one can expect little else in terms of back story, and those hoping for a glimpse of ancient Lannisters and Starks may well be disappointed. 

In accordance with the author's text, it will focus solely on the origins of dragon queen Daenerys and the relatives who helped build the ultimately flawed Targaryen empire. 

Here we go: While anticipation rapidly builds, one hopes an early thaw doesn't put a dampener on the expectations of those still recovering from the arguably rushed climax of its predecessor - but what can we expect from the new show?

Here we go: While anticipation rapidly builds, one hopes an early thaw doesn't put a dampener on the expectations of those still recovering from the arguably rushed climax of its predecessor - but what can we expect from the new show?

Excitement: With £16million spent on each of its ten one hour episodes, one would expect rather a lot. The HBO series was created by Game Of Thrones author George R.R. Martin and is based on his sprawling 2018 book Fire & Blood

Excitement: With £16million spent on each of its ten one hour episodes, one would expect rather a lot. The HBO series was created by Game Of Thrones author George R.R. Martin and is based on his sprawling 2018 book Fire & Blood 

However building a cast to create the fictional universe in which it is set proved a challenge in itself, despite HBO green-lighting the series following the enormous success of Game Of Thrones over a six season run. 

With auditions beginning midway through the global coronavirus pandemic, it was October 2020 before celebrated British actor Paddy Considine signed on as King Viserys I Targaryen, the fifth king of the Seven Kingdoms.

Matt Smith's involvement was confirmed that December, with the actor taking a prominent role as Prince Daemon, the power hungry younger brother of King Viserys and Heir presumptive to the kingdoms of Westeros. 

Incredible: The dragons return as the sequel will focus on House Targaryen and their reign in Westeros 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones

Incredible: The dragons return as the sequel will focus on House Targaryen and their reign in Westeros 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones

Drama: Set long before the bloody battle for the seven kingdoms depicted in Game of Thrones, House Of The Dragon will document the events leading up to Martin's fictionalised War of Succession

Drama: Set long before the bloody battle for the seven kingdoms depicted in Game of Thrones, House Of The Dragon will document the events leading up to Martin's fictionalised War of Succession

Addressing his role, Smith admitted he's keen to do something entirely independent of Game Of Thrones, while still appealing to the same loyal fanbase. 

He told Sky News: 'I suppose that Thrones left a huge cultural footprint, and we're never going to be able to lay the same one, but we're trying to do something original and something new and something that feels like it speaks our own.' 

However Considine, whose character plays a pivotal role in shaping the fortunes of House Targaryan, admitted the expectations surrounding the show had played on his anxiety. 

He said: 'I'd be lying if I said there wasn't a bit, but I can't take that on. Maybe I'm not as wise as I thought I was, but, you know, it was already a phenomenon that existed, so I wasn't getting into something blindly, you know?

'But at the same time, I might be a bit naive in thinking I just do the work and let it speak for itself and then everyone will leave me alone.' 

Man man: Matt Smith's involvement was confirmed in December 2020, with the actor taking a prominent role as Prince Daemon, the power hungry younger brother of King Viserys and Heir presumptive to the kingdoms of Westeros

Man man: Matt Smith's involvement was confirmed in December 2020, with the actor taking a prominent role as Prince Daemon, the power hungry younger brother of King Viserys and Heir presumptive to the kingdoms of Westeros

Ambitious: Emma D'Aarcy portrays Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, the first-born child of King Viserys, who, by virtue of her family's incestuous bloodline, hopes to become the Seven Kingdoms' first Queen regnant

Ambitious: Emma D'Aarcy portrays Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, the first-born child of King Viserys, who, by virtue of her family's incestuous bloodline, hopes to become the Seven Kingdoms' first Queen regnant

Moving on: Smith recently admitted he's keen to do something entirely independent of Game Of Thrones, while still appealing to the same loyal fanbase

Moving on: Smith recently admitted he's keen to do something entirely independent of Game Of Thrones, while still appealing to the same loyal fanbase

Emma D'Aarcy portrays Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, the first-born child of King Viserys, who, by virtue of her family's incestuous bloodline, hopes to become the Seven Kingdoms' first Queen regnant. 

Taking another prominent role in the forthcoming show, Olivia Cooke will play Lady Alicent Hightower, the daughter of Ser Otto Hightower and referred to - somewhat uncharitably - as the most comely woman in the Seven Kingdoms.

Fans can also expect an appearance from Welsh star Rhys Ifans as Alicent's father Ser Otto Hightower, while Millie Alcock will

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