Today’s a good day to be in the House of the Dragon (See what I did there?). According to Variety, three new players are joining Paddy Considine in HBO’s Game of Thrones prequel. So, who will be raining down fire and blood upon their enemies? 

Matt Smith (Doctor Who), Olivia Cooke (Sound of Metal) and Emma D’Arcy (Truth Seekers). 

Smith will portray Prince Daemon Targaryen, King Viserys’ (Considine) younger brother and heir to the throne. As reported by Variety, he’s described as a “peerless warrior and a dragonrider, Daemon possesses the true blood of the dragon. But it is said that whenever a Targaryen is born, the gods toss a coin in the air…”

Cooke will play Alicent Hightower, daughter of the Hand of the King Otto Hightower. She was raised in the Red Keep. Hightower is noted as “the most comely woman in the Seven Kingdoms.” She possesses both “courtly grace and a keen political acumen.” 

Lastly, D’Arcy will portray Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, King Viserys’ firstborn, pure Valyrian-blooded child. She’s a dragonrider like her uncle Daemon. Rhaenyra is acknowledged as “born with everything … but she was not born a man.” Interesting. 

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Smith, who’s best known for Doctor Who and The Crown, will appear alongside Jared Leto in 2021’s Morbius. Cooke, who recently starred in the critically lauded Sound of Metal, will next star opposite Alec Baldwin in Pixie in 2021. D’Arcy became a breakout star this year with Amazon Prime’s Truth Seekers. The actress just wrapped filming for Mothering Sunday

House of the Dragon was given a 10-episode season. George R.R. Martin, who penned the novel Fire & Blood on which the show is based, will serve as executive producer. Miguel Sapochnik and Ryan Condal will be co-showrunners. Sapochnik will direct the pilot and additional episodes. 

I think I’m more excited for House of the Dragon than I was for Game of Thrones. So far, the cast is exceptional. I’m curious to see who else will be added to its already star-studded roster. Bring it on!

What do you think about the new additions to House of the Dragon? Sound off in the comments below!



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