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Trailer Watch: HBO Gets Ready For War With Game Of Thrones Prequel Series, House Of The Dragon

HBO has already revealed nine character posters for the 10-part series, premiering on August 22. 

Trailer Watch: HBO Gets Ready For War With Game Of Thrones Prequel Series, House Of The Dragon

It’s 2022 and George RR Martin has yet to finish The Winds of Winter, the long-gestating sixth novel in his epic fantasy saga A Song of Ice and Fire. But fans have the next best thing: House of the Dragon, the 10-ep adaptation of Martin’s Fire & Blood, launching Aug 22 on HBO.

And now HBO has dropped a teaser trailer and nine character posters from the series, set 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones, that follows the trials and tribulations of the House of Targaryen.

Judging the footage, House of the Dragon, like its main series, is packed with all sorts of mayhem and debauchery. Clearly, every cent of its US$20 million (S$28 mil) — per episode — went to the scale and pageantry. (According to Variety, Game of Thrones’ per-episode budget started with US$6 million in Season 1 and rose to as high as US$15 million for its eighth and final season.)

The cast includes Paddy Considine (as King Viserys I), Emmy D’Arcy (as Princess Rhaenrya, Viserys’ first child and his heir apparent), Matt Smith (as Prince Daemon, Viserys’ younger brother), Rhys Ifans (as Ser Otto Hightower, the Hand of the King), Olivia Cooke (as Lady Alicent Hightower, Otto’s daughter), Fabien Frankel (as Ser Criston Cole, a knight with eyes for Rhaenrya), Steve Toussaint (as Lord Corlys Velaryon a.k.a. The Sea Snake), Eve Best (as Princess Rhaenys Velaryon) and Sonoya Mizuno (as Mysaria, confidante to Daemon.

Here's a rundown of who's who: 

 

Paddy Considine as King Viserys Targaryen, chosen by the lords of Westeros to succeed the Old King, Jaehaerys Targaryen, at the Great Council at Harrenhal. A warm, kind, and decent man, Viserys only wishes to carry forward his grandfather's legacy. But good men do not necessarily make for great kings.
Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen, younger brother to King Viserys and heir to the throne. 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…
Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower, the daughter of Otto Hightower, the Hand of the King, and the most comely woman in the Seven Kingdoms. She was raised in the Red Keep, close to the king and his innermost circle; she possesses both a courtly grace and a keen political acumen.
Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, the king’s first-born child, she is of pure Valyrian blood, and she is a dragonrider. Many would say that Rhaenyra was born with everything… but she was not born a man.
Sonoya Mizuno as Mysaria, who came to Westeros with nothing, sold more times than she can recall.  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.
Eve Best as Princess Rhaenys Targaryen, a dragonrider and wife to Lord Corlys Velaryon, "The Queen Who Never Was" was passed over as heir to the throne at the Great Council because the realm favored her cousin, Viserys, simply for being male.
Fabien Frankel as Ser Criston Cole, of Dornish descent, the common-born son of the steward to the Lord of Blackhaven.  Cole has no claim to land or titles; all he has to his name is his honor and his preternatural skill with a sword.
Rhys Ifans as Otto Hightower. The Hand of the King, Ser Otto loyally and faithfully serves both his king and his realm. As the Hand sees it, the greatest threat to the realm is the king's brother, Daemon, and his position as heir to the throne.

Watch the teaser trailer here:

Photos: HBO Asia

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