It’s not long now until House of the Dragon is on our screens. It’s been a long wait for fans of the Game of Thrones franchise and fantasy television, but this August there will be more action arriving directly from Westeros in the shape of the prequel. And although some details are already known about how the series will pan out, the new extended trailer that has been shown at Comic Con in San Diego has given viewers much more of an idea of what will happen in the long-awaited show.
Based on the novels of George RR Martin, the series will be set several hundred years before the events of Game of Thrones and will centre on the Targaryen dynasty in their final times in control of Westeros as the titular House of the Dragon begins to enter end game. With the infamous Dance of the Dragons soon to arrive and a civil war to pull apart Westeros, there is a lot of action and adventure expected in the series.
The show will begin with King Viserys I (played by Paddy Considine) sitting on the throne and the question will be asked as to who will succeed him. Will it be Daemon (played by former Doctor Who star Matt Smith), or his daughter Rhaenyra?
In the new trailer released this weekend, we see much of the same footage that has been seen before, but with the addition of some new extras that hint at the magnitude of the story and the problems that the key protagonists are going to face. We hear talk of Targaryen’s being closer to gods than men (perhaps a hint that they are becoming complacent in their ruling of Westeros) and that the Iron Throne is one of the most dangerous seats that you can take. Well, anyone who has seen Game of Thrones will know that already, but it looks like we’re going to be in for a similarly rocky ride for whoever takes over control in the series from the very start.
We know that there are virtually no members of the Targaryen dynasty still around when the Game of Thrones era begins, so we are assuming that this prequel will give us an insight into all the drama, the fighting and the power struggles that take place and lead to that disastrous result for the House of the Dragon.
This is a show like Game of Thrones, and although the cast is different, it’s very hard to see it disappointing fans of the original series.
House of the Dragon will air on Sky and HBO from 21st August 2022.