Though interest in Game of Thrones seems to have waned since the very unpopular finale, HBO is really hoping that some of you still care enough to watch the upcoming spin-offs, starting with House of Dragon, which to my understanding is a prequel exclusively about dragons and incest.
It is also created by George R.R. Martin, and is based on Martin’s Fire & Blood, which is finished, so at least HBO doesn’t have to make up an ending (spoiler alert: It ultimately ends when Daenarys makes a heel turn that everyone should have seen coming from a mile away, says Andrew).
Though he is not listed below because he’s not in any of the attached images, the only reason I know that I’m going to watch the series whether I want to or not is that Paddy Considine is in it as Viserys I Targaryen, the King of Westeros. How could I not?
Here are the pictured characters, via HBO:
Emma D’Arcy as “Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen”: The king’s first-born child, she is of pure Valyrian blood, and she is a dragonrider. Many would say that Rhaenyra was born with everything… but she was not born a man.
Matt Smith as “Prince Daemon Targaryen”: The 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…
Steve Toussaint as “Lord Corlys Velaryon” (“The Sea Snake”): Lord of House Velaryon, a Valyrian bloodline as old as House Targaryen. As “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 as “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 as “Otto Hightower”: The Hand of the King, Ser Otto 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.
Here are the pictures.
The first season of the series is scheduled to air in 2022 and will consist of ten episodes.
Header Image Source: HBO