House of the Dragon takes place a few hundred years prior to the events in Game of Thrones. Based on the book Fire & Blood by George R.R. Martin, the show covers the Targaryen reign in Westeros. Additionally, House of the Dragon will focus on the Targaryen civil war, “Dance of the Dragons.”
Before this announcement, we knew that Paddy Considine would play King Viserys while Matt Smith would take on the role of his brother Prince Daemon Targaryen. Olivia Cooke was set as Alicent Hightower, daughter of Hand of the King Otto Hightower. Emma D’arcy was cast as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, King Viserys’ firstborn.
So, who else will be joining the Westerosi fray? Rhys Ifans has been cast as Otto Hightower. He’s a loyal servant to his king and to the realm. According to Variety, Otto believes that Daemon is potentially the biggest threat to Westeros given he’s next in line to the throne.
Steve Toussaint will portray Lord Corlys Velaryon, also known as “The Sea Snake.” He’s Lord of House Velaryon, which boasts a Valyrian bloodline as old as House Targaryen. Apparently, he’s a great sea adventurer who not only harbors the largest navy in the kingdom, but he’s even richer than the Lannisters.
Eve Best is set to play Princess Rhaenys Velaryon. She’s a dragonrider like Daemon. She’s also known as “The Queen Who Never Was.” She was passed over as ruler of Westeros in favor of her cousin Viserys because she’s a woman. Rhaenys is the wife of Lord Corlys Velaryon.
Lastly, Sonoya Mizuno has been cast as Mysaria, who arrived in Westeros with nothing. “She could have wilted … but instead she rose to become the most trusted — and most unlikely — ally of Prince Daemon Targaryen, the heir to the throne.”
While the last season of Game of Thrones was a bummer, and that’s putting it lightly, I’m excited for House of the Dragon. I think as long as the Two Who Shall Not Be Named steer clear of any Westerosi properties, we’ll be good.
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