House of the Dragon: screenplay, release date, cast, all you need to know about the Game of Thrones spin-off

Fans of Game of Thrones have much to celebrate. A prequel series focused on the Targaryen dynasty is currently in the works. It will be called House of the Dragon. In this dossier, we will regularly bring you all the information relating to this major spin-off.

House of the Dragon
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The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones was unveiled two years ago. The opportunity to conclude an epic epic that will have held millions of people around the world in suspense. But the universe and the chronology constructed by the writer George RR Martin are very vast. So it is quite possible to develop them in other television programs. In doing so, HBO has announced a series project that will be called House of The Dragon. Here’s everything we know about this Game of Thrones spin-off.

House of the Dragon : date de sortie

House of the Dragon isn’t scheduled to air right away. We know in particular that the series will be broadcast “Around 2022”, according to HBO’s director of programming, Casey Bloys. Which also confirmed that the filming of the series would begin in April 2021. House of the Dragon will land on the HBO channel and the SVOD platform HBO Max. Its first season will be split into ten episodes. Pending its release, here are the first artworks from the House of the Dragon series.

On April 27, 2021, HBO officially announced the start of production for the spin-off series. The release is confirmed for release in 2022, still on HBO Max. The firm took the opportunity to unveil the photos of a handful of actors reading the script of the series.

House of the Dragon : intrigue

This spin-off will focus on House Targaryen in Westeros, three centuries before the era chosen as the backdrop for Game of Thrones. At the helm, we will find Ryan Condal (screenwriter and producer) and Miguel Sapochnik who will officiate as showrunners. Note that it was George RR Martin who launched this project based on his book Feu et Sang. However, he stressed that he will not take charge of writing the scripts until he has finished writing Winds of Winter, the sixth installment of the Game of Thrones saga.

For information, Fire and Blood goes back and forth on the Targaryen dynasty, from the Conquest of Aegon I Targaryen to Aerys II. The series will give pride of place to the Dance of the Dragons. Either the name of the war of succession opposing the supporters of Alicante Hightower and his son Aegon II Targaryen against those of Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen. The first cities form the Black faction while the second are called the Greens.

The spin-off will thus take shape from the death of King Viserys I. Which designated his eldest daughter Rhaenyra as heir to his throne, contrary to the rules of misogynist Westeros inheritance. Hence the fratricidal war that will follow. Each side will have dragons in its ranks. What promises fiery battles. As a reminder, the dragon is the emblem of House Targaryen. The latter has the particularity of knowing how to command the formidable winged creatures.

To find out more, HBO has produced a short anime about the Dance of the Dragons which you can watch here:

House of the Dragon : casting

We already know the identity of the actors who will participate in this project. Paddy Considine (The Outsider) will notably play the role of King Viserys I Targaryen (who has already ridden the dragon Balerion). Olivia Cooke (Ready Player One) will put on the Alicent Hightower costume. In the columns of The Telegraph, the latter notably underlined that scenes showing sexual abuse of women (like Sansa’s rape) will no longer be relevant in the spin-off.

“I would not be comfortable with the idea of ​​participating in a project which shows graphic and shocking violence against women for no reason, or just because it wants to make the spectators salivate”, she explained before adding: “I don’t think it would be healthy to include this stuff now.”

In addition, we know that Steve Toussaint will take on the role of Corlys Velaryon, a lord considered the greatest explorer of Westeros. Hence its nickname “Sea Serpent”. In addition, Eva Best will play Princess Rhaenys Velaryon, wife of Corlys Velaryon. Rhys Ifans will officiate as Otto Hightower, Hand of the King. Sonoya Mizuno will take on the role of Mysaria, mistress of Prince Daemon Targaryen who will also be played by Matt Smith (The Crown).

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