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First Look: Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon lands on Sky Atlantic 2022

Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower and Rhys Ifans as Otto Hightower

Sky has confirmed that Game of Thrones spin-off, House of the Dragon, will debut on Sky Atlantic and streaming service Now in 2022. The show, whose forerunner was a cultural phenomenon, stars Emma D’Arcy, Matt Smith, Steve Toussaint, Olivia Cooke and Rhys Ifans.

Based on George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood, the prequel is set 300 years before the events of global blockbuster Game of Thrones, and tells the story of House Targaryen.   

Emma D’Arcy plays Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, the king’s first-born child, pure Valyrian blood, and a dragonrider.  

A dragon's head appearing through smokeke concept art from House of the Dragon
Based on George R.R. Martin’s book Fire & Blood, the series will tell the story of House Targaryen

 Matt Smith is Prince Daemon Targaryen, younger brother to King Viserys and heir to the throne.  ‘A peerless warrior and a dragonrider, Daemon possesses the true blood of the dragon.  But it is said that whenever a Targaryen is born, the gods toss a coin in the air…’

The prequel is set 300 years before the events of global blockbuster Game of Thrones and tells the story of House Targaryen…

Steve Toussaint as The Sea Snake in House of the Dragon stands against a blue sea
Steve Toussaint as The Sea Snake

Steve Toussaint plays Lord Corlys Velaryon, aka  The Sea Snake, ‘the most famed nautical adventurer in the history of Westeros, Lord Corlys built his house into a powerful seat that is even richer than the Lannisters and that claims the largest navy in the world.’

 Olivia Cooke plays Alicent Hightower, the daughter of Otto Hightower, the Hand of the King, and the most comely woman in the Seven Kingdoms. ‘She was raised in the Red Keep, close to the king and his innermost circle; she possesses both a courtly grace and a keen political acumen.’

 Rhys Ifans appears as Otto Hightower, the Hand of the King, who loyally and faithfully serves both his king and his realm. ‘As the Hand sees it, the greatest threat to the realm is the king’s brother, Daemon, and his position as heir to the throne.’

Emma On a beach D'Arcy as Rhaenyra Targaryen & Matt Smith as Daemon Targaryen
Emma D’Arcy as Rhaenyra Targaryen & Matt Smith as Daemon Targaryen

 George R.R. Martin is co-creator and executive producer. Showrunners are Ryan Condal and Miguel Sapochnik.

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