“Dreams didn’t make us kings — dragons did.” 

Brace yourselves for the fiery rule of House Targaryen! On Tuesday, HBO Max released an official teaser for the highly anticipated Game of Thrones spinoff, House of the Dragon

House of the Dragon takes place 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones and documents the rise and fall of House Targaryen. It’s based on the book Fire & Blood by George R.R. Martin. Additionally, the series focuses on the Targaryen civil war, “Dance of the Dragons.” 

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Paddy Considine portrays King Viserys, while Matt Smith plays his brother Prince Daemon. Daemon provides the voiceover for the said teaser. Emma D’Arcy takes on the role of Princess Rhaenyra, King Viserys’ firstborn child. Olivia Cooke portrays Alicent Hightower, daughter of Hand of the King Otto Hightower. 

GGA previously announced that four more actors joined the main Westerosi fray. Steve Toussaint plays Lord Corlys Velaryon, a.k.a. “The Sea Snake.” Eve Best portrays Princess Rhaenys Velaryon, who’s a dragonrider like Daemon. Rhys Ifans takes on the role of Otto Hightower. Lastly, Sonoya Mizuno plays Mysaria, an ally of Prince Daemon. 

But that’s not all! HBO Max revealed four additional cast members with the House of the Dragon teaser. Wil Johnson takes on Ser Vaemond Velaryon, the younger brother of Lord Corlys and commander of the Velaryon navy. John MacMillan portrays Ser Laenor Velaryon, the son of Corlys and Rhaenys. Savannah Steyn plays Lady Laena, the daughter of the aforementioned Velaryons. Theo Nate is Ser Laenor, yet another son of the Velaryons.

Now, the clip features our leading cast in their element, ruling Westeros with a bloody fist. While we don’t see any dragons, we certainly hear them. In addition, we see gloriously intricate Targaryen armor, a tournament, glimpses of the Iron Throne and more. The final beat of the teaser unveils a slowed-down version of the unmistakable Targaryen theme from Game of Thrones

House of the Dragon hails from co-showrunners Miguel Sapochnik and Ryan Condal and creator/executive producer Martin. 

The show flies onto HBO/HBO Max in 2022. 

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