Game of Thrones was the biggest fantasy show to ever air, and though it came to a close last year, the world of Westeros isn’t finished just yet. House of the Dragon has been announced by HBO, which will serve as a prequel to the show.
If you’d like to know more about this brand new programme, then keep on reading. For fans of this genre, we also have a similar roundup for season 2 of The Witcher on Netflix. Alternatively, here’s all the information you need if you want to rewatch Game of Thrones in its entirety.
When will House of the Dragon air?
We’re in for a long wait until the show airs. Deadline indicated that 2022 was a safe bet, but with all the delays happening in the world of TV and cinema right now, this could get pushed back even further.
Who are the cast and crew?
Creator of the book series – George RR Martin – is developing the series with the creator of Colony, Ryan Condal, who will act as head writer and co-runner of the show.
Partnering with him is Miguel Sapochnik, who will also be directing the pilot episode and several others in the series. Sapochnik served as director for both Battle of the Bastards and Winds of Winter, two of the highest-rated Game of Thrones episodes overall.
Casting news is sparse right now, but Knight Edge Media did report that a casting call was put out at the start of 2020 for three Targaryens – Aegon, Visenya and Rhaenys. Whether or not these roles have now been filled remains to be seen.
What is the series about?
As the name suggests, House of the Dragon will be based all around House Targaryen, the line that Daenerys is from. It will draw from Martin’s book Fire & Blood – which contains enough material for various plot avenues to be explored.
The rumoured setting for House of the Dragon is 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones, around the time that Aegon Targaryen first invaded Westeros, declared himself king and kicked off the War of Conquest. The end of this war resulted in the formation of the seven kingdoms, and the Iron Throne being created.
This also means that we’re likely to see the origins of other famous houses – such as the Starks, Lannisters, Baratheons and Tyrells. It’s unlikely that we’ll see any familiar faces from Game of Thrones appearing considering how early the show is going to be set – unless somehow the Night King manages to worm his way in.
Either way, Martin has confirmed that there will be dragons, which lots of fans will be pleased to hear about.
How can I watch House of the Dragon?
In the US, you’ll be able to watch on HBO and its various catch-up services. As with Game of Thrones, UK viewers will get access via Sky Atlantic and Now TV. If for some reason you can’t access either of these channels, here’s how to watch HBO outside of the US.