The first teaser trailer for Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon has been released.
House of the Dragon is set 200 years before the original HBO sensation, following House Targaryen and the events leading to the 'Dance of the Dragons' civil war. The plot will derive from George R.R. Martin's Fire & Blood.
In an earlier blog post, Martin wrote: "If you’d like to know a bit more of what the show will be about… well, I can’t actually spill those beans."
Check out the first trailer for House of the Dragon below:
He continued: "But you might want to pick up a copy of two anthologies I did with Gardner Dozois, Dangerous Women and Rogues, and then move on to Archmaester Gyldayn’s history, Fire & Blood."
If we're going by the latter book's description, this is what we can expect: "Centuries before the events of A Game of Thrones, House Targaryen – the only family of dragonlords to survive the Doom of Valyria – took up residence on Dragonstone.
"Fire & Blood begins their tale with the legendary Aegon the Conqueror, creator of the Iron Throne, and goes on to recount the generations of Targaryens who fought to hold that iconic seat, all the way up to the civil war that nearly tore their dynasty apart.”
In terms of the cast, Paddy Considine will play King Viserys Targaryen, Olivia Cooke will play Alicent Hightower, Emma D'Arcy will play Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and Doctor Who star Matt Smith will play Prince Daemon Targaryen.
Game of Thrones was once one of the biggest shows in the world. Now, its pop culture footprint is almost non-existent bar the anticipation for any prequels, due in part (if not entirely) to the disastrous reception to the final season.
In an interview with Comic Book, Smith assured the House of the Dragon series will have its own identity.
He said: "I think it's really different to the original series, to be honest with you.
"I mean it has to be. The original series was its own thing and it was, it was so brilliant and, and sort of left a mark in a way that it would be impossible to repeat.
"So, I don't know. The truth is I haven't seen any so it's difficult for me. Essentially it's in the same world, it has to take on a slightly different identity. But who knows? I have no idea."
House of the Dragon will premiere on August 22.
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