What is ‘House of the Dragon’ About? What to know about the ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel

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House of the Dragon is one of the year’s most hyped and anticipated shows, with both Game Of Thrones fans and those new to the franchise waiting desperately for the first episode to land. 

But if you’re unsure about the show, here is everything you need to know before House of the Dragon hits screens. 

What is the origin of House of the Dragon

House of the Dragon is the first spin-off from the hit show Game Of Thrones. Like Game Of Thrones, House of the Dragon is based on the works of author George R.R. Martin. 

Rather than drawing from the core A Song of Ice and Fire book series like Game Of Thrones, House of The Dragon will adapt elements from the companion novel Fire & Blood, which first hit shelves in 2018. Fire & Blood expands on the history of House Targaryen, one of the royal dynasties seen in both the A Song of Ice and Fire book series and the Game Of Thrones TV show. 

It should be noted that this won’t be a perfect direct adaption of Fire & Blood, as Fire & Blood is written differently from the other A Song Of Ice and Fire books. Fire & Blood is authored like a historical tome, penned by in-universe historian Archmaester Gyldayn. The book was heavily built around the narrator’s unreliable nature, featuring sometimes contradicting versions of events depending on who Archmaester Gyldayn was sourcing his information from for that section. As the book continues, readers can start to build a picture of the opinions and allegiances of Archmaester Gyldayn’s sources, depending on how they describe certain events. Obviously, this doesn’t work as well in a TV show, especially a scripted drama, so expect some massive deviations from the source material. 

What is House of the Dragon about?

House of the Dragon is set 172 years before the birth of Daenerys Targaryen and the events seen during Game Of Thrones. It sees civil war erupt within House Targaryen after the Targaryen king, Viserys, declares an unlikely heir. This triggers a massive inter-family conflict called the Dance of the Dragons. 

This event has this name because the Targaryen family knows how to tame and use dragons, one of the most fearsome weapons a person can wield in this setting due to their ability to breathe torrents of city-destroying fire. 

The series will feature several time skips, showing how this event starts and affects the family long-term, leading to chaotic gambits and political machinations. 

Who is in House of the Dragon

One of the most exciting things about House of the Dragon is its all-star cast. Currently confirmed to appear are:

  • Matt Smith – Prince Daemon Targaryen
  • Rhys Ifans – Ser Otto Hightower
  • Paddy Considine – King Viserys I Targaryen
  • Emma D’Arcy – Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen
  • Milly Alcock – Young Rhaenyra Targaryen
  • Olivia Cooke – Lady Alicent Hightower
  • Emily Carey – Young Alicent Hightower
  • Steve Toussaint – Lord Corlys Velaryon
  • Eve Best – Princess Rhaenys Targaryen
  • Fabien Frankel – Ser Criston Cole
  • Sonoya Mizuno – Mysaria
  • Bill Paterson – Lord Lyman Beesbury