House of the Dragon: Release date, teaser, new pictures and more

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Keep the excitement under control because House of the Dragon has a release date now! Oh, not just the release date, but a significant number of new pictures. With all of it surfacing together, we, too, are unable to keep our calm. Though the real heroes of the series are nowhere to be seen but the Targaryens, with their silver tresses and attitude, are very much visible. Now don’t ask us who the real heroes are. The dragons, of course.

Created by George R. R. Martin and Ryan J. Condal for HBO, the series is set two hundred years before the fall of the House Targaryen. It sheds light on the events that led to the Targaryen Civil War, also known as the “Dance of the Dragons” and then the war that ended the reign of the strongest House of Westerosi history. 

With the new set of pictures surfacing, here’s everything to know about the upcoming HBO original, House of the Dragon:

House of the Dragon Release Date

The highly anticipated series, House of the Dragon, is all set to premiere on HBO on August 21, 2022, which was recently announced on the series’ official Twitter handle. 

House of the Dragon New Pictures

HBO has taken to the House of the Dragon official Twitter handle to release some new pictures of the cast ensemble in their roles. It includes Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen, Olivia Cooke as Lady Alicent Hightower, Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon, Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, Sonoya Mizuno as Mysaria, etc.:

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milly alcock as young rhaenyra emily carey as young alicent

emma d arcy as princess rhaenyra targaryen

paddy considine as king viserys targaryen

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House of the Dragon Teaser 

HBO released a teaser for the upcoming series last year itself, and it was breathtaking; the views, the intensity, the characters, everything felt like just so on point. Do take a look:

House of the Dragon Plot

The upcoming series is set 200 years before the Game of Thrones. It follows the story of the House of Targaryen and the events that led to its tragic fall. It starts from the rule of King Viserys Targaryen and the ‘game’ of acquiring the throne from him is pretty much evident from the very start. 

House of the Dragon Cast

  • Paddy Considine plays King Viserys I Targaryen. Viserys is the fifth king of Westeros. He is a pretty decent man with a kind heart which sometimes comes in his path of ruling the Seven Kingdoms. 
  • Matt Smith plays Prince Daemon Targaryen. Daemon is the next heir to the Iron throne and the younger brother to Viserys. Opposite to his brother, he is cunning and skillful. He is a dragon rider and an impeccable warrior.
  • Emma D’Arcy plays Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen. Rhaenyra King Viserys’s firstborn child and true Valyrian blood. She is a dragon rider and has all the qualities of a good and just monarch, but the history of Westeros was never favorable towards women. 
    • Milly Alcock plays young Rhaenyra Targaryen.
  • Olivia Cooke plays Lady Alicent Hightower. She is the daughter of Sir Otto Hightower, the Hand of King Viserys. She was raised in the Red KEep and had always been close to the King, so along with the grace, she knew the tricks of the trade.  
    • Emily Carey plays young Alicent Hightower.
  • Steve Toussaint plays Lord Corlys Velaryon. Corlys is the most famous seafarer in Westerosi history and the Lord of the house, Velaryon. He is related to the House Targaryen as his wife is the first cousin of King Viserys.
  • Eve Best plays Princess Rhaenys Velaryon. Rhaenys is a dragon rider and wife of Lord Corlys. She was to succeed her grandfather Jaehaerys Targaryen for the throne but was rejected by the council as she was a woman. 
  • Sonoya Mizuno plays Mysaria. She is a foreign-born dancer who ended up as Prince Daemon’s most trusted ally.
  • Rhys Ifans plays Ser Otto Hightower. He is the Hand of King Viserys, and father to Alicent. He is loyal to the king and the people and is a political rival to Prince Daemon. 

What to watch while waiting for the House of the Dragons?

While you are waiting for House of the Dragon to hit the screens, one can always watch Game of Thrones to have a better idea of the story, as the former is a prequel to the latter. All seasons of the Game of Thrones are available on Disney+ to stream.