It’s all fire and blood, baby. We’re almost one month from the premiere of HBO’s Game of Thrones prequel series House of the Dragon, and things are starting to heat up. The Hollywood Reporter blessed us with exclusive new images featuring glimpses of the cast. Additionally, THR showcased interviews with the creators and cast, and a peek into a failed Game of Thrones spinoff.

The photos feature Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen, Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, Paddy Considine as King Viserys I Targaryen, Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon and Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower. 

House of the Dragon showrunners Miguel Sapochnik and Ryan Condal delve into their approach and how they’re not setting out to dethrone Game of Thrones.

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“You can’t follow Game of Thrones; it’s The Beatles. I’m setting out as a fan to make the thing I want to see, and I’m happy with what we’ve achieved. The Targaryens are like the Jedi in Star Wars, where you heard about this time when they were plentiful and powerful and always wanted to see that. And now you get to,” Condal said to THR

According to The Hollywood Reporter, network executives researched A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin‘s works, compiling 15 potential prequel concepts for future spinoffs. One idea portrayed the Seven Gods of Westeros as “superheroes” and how they came to be. 

Another pitch detailed the fall of Valyria, and one take adapted the story of warrior queen Nymeria (the namesake of Arya’s direwolf). Yet another concept followed Aegon’s conquest of Westeros. Then, there was Bloodmoon, the prequel series starring Naomi Watts that never left the ground. Bloodmoon chronicled the Age of Heroes and The Long Night. 

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The pilot for Bloodmoon was shot for a pretty penny (around $30 million to $35 million); however, it never saw the light of day. Not even Martin has seen it. 

The Hollywood Reporter will publish part two of their extensive House of the Dragon coverage on Wednesday morning, entitled “It’s a Powerful, Dark, Shakespearean Tragedy.” Take a peek at the new photos below, and let us know what you’re most looking forward to in the comments.

House of the Dragon will take HBO and HBO Max by storm when it premieres on Sunday, August 21, 2022. 

Emma D'Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, standing with her back against a brick wall while looking scared on HBO's House of the Dragon.

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Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon, sitting at a table while looking pensive on HBO's House of the Dragon.

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Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower, walking up the stairs in a dark green gown on HBO's House of the Dragon.

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Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower and Emma D'Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, facing each other while having a conversation on HBO's House of the Dragon.

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Paddy Considine as King Viserys I Targaryen, sitting while looking out into a crowd serenely on House of the Dragon.

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A behind-the-scenes photo from HBO's House of the Dragon, with one woman standing near the Iron Throne with a boom mic over her head.

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Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen and Emma D'Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, walking down a dark beach side-by-side on House of the Dragon.

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Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen, sitting on the Iron Throne while looking imposing on House of the Dragon.

Photo courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter and Ollie Upton/HBO

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