“Show of the year – I’ve seen enough”: the internet reacts to new House Of The Dragon trailer

The highly anticipated HBO Max/Sky Game Of Thrones prequel series House OfThe Dragon is coming to our TV screens this August, and the brand new trailer is sending the internet into a tailspin.

Let the reign of House Targaryen begin.

After learning that the new House Of The Dragon series would be coming to our screens this August, we’ve been patiently counting down the days until we can lose ourselves in the fantastical world of Game Of Thrones.

The series, which is a prequel to Game Of Thrones, tells the story of Rhaenyra (Emma D’Arcy) and Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith) and the war of the Seven Kingdoms. The events in this series take place 200 years before Game Of Thrones and it’s based on The Dying Of The Dragons, a novella found in George RR Martin’s 2018 novel Fire & Blood.

Now, we have another sneak peek at what’s in store in the new series and it looks like power, greed and domination are the main themes on the cards. It also looks like women ascending to the Iron Throne (a theme we are always very much onboard with) is one of the main focuses and we cannot wait.

In the trailer, one poignant moment comes when a Young Rhaenyra (played by Milly Alcock) is told: “Men would sooner put the realm to the torch than see a woman ascend the Iron Throne.”

Watch the new trailer for yourself here:

And it’s safe to say that with the release of this new official trailer, fans are positively champing at the bit to get more House Of The Dragon as soon as possible. 

Many are already hailing it as “the show of the year”.

And of course, the one thing on our minds with this new series: can it live up to the legacy of Game Of Thrones. Will it be enough to smooth things over with fans left outraged by how the original series ended? Will it be as good without the original showrunners?

But even prequel sceptics were quick to admit that this new trailer has gotten rid of any fears and replaced them with pure excitement.

And yes, apologies in advance.

So with that, what can we expect from the much-anticipated Game Of Thrones prequel series? As the summer release date nears, allow us to fill you in on everything House Of The Dragon-related.

What will House Of The Dragon be about?

As previously mentioned, the new prequel series is all about the Targaryen clan. And no, we’re not talking about Daenerys (Emilia Clarke). This time round, the story of House Targaryen will unfold before us and it’s set to be a tale of family, betrayal, lies and power. You know, just normal family dynamics.

Adapted on tales from George RR Martin’s Fire & Blood, the HBO/Sky series will follow House Targaryen on the brink of civil war, a bloody battle that will become known as the Dance Of The Dragons. This particular battle of succession (which is literally Targaryen versus Targaryen) is also explored in two novellas, The Princess and The Queen And The Rogue Prince.

The exact details of the series have been kept under wraps but if the trailers are anything to go by, each episode will keep us well and truly gripped.

Milly Alcock as Young Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and Emily Carey as Young Alicent Hightower.

Who will star in House Of The Dragon?

It’s a cast of superb acting talent, that’s for certain. The series stars Paddy Considine (Peaky Blinders) asKing Viserys Targaryen,  Matt Smith as his younger brother Prince Daemon Targaryen and heir to the throne.

Truth Seekers’ Emma D’Arcy plays Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, King Viserys’s firstborn child. Meanwhile, Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill) plays Ser Otto Hightower, the Hand of the King, and his daughter Alicent is played by Olivia Cooke (Sound Of Metal).

Steve Toussaint (Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time) stars as Lord Corlys Velaryon, also known as The Sea Snake, while Eve Best (Nurse Jackie) will play Princess Rhaenys Targaryen, a dragonrider and wife to Lord Corlys Velaryon. She’s known as The Queen Who Never Was as she was passed over as heir to the throne at the Great Council because the realm favoured her cousin, Viserys, simply for being male.  

Sonoya Mizuno (Crazy Rich Asians) stars as Mysaria, the most trusted – and most unlikely – ally of Prince Daemon, and Fabien Frankel (The Serpent) is Ser Criston Cole, of Dornish descent, the common-born son of the steward to the Lord of Blackhaven.

Olivia Cooke stars as Alicent Hightower in Sky’s House Of The Dragon.

Additional cast includes Milly Alcock as young Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen as well as Bethany Antonia, Phoebe Campbell, Emily Carey, Harry Collett, Ryan Corr, Tom Glynn-Carney and Jefferson Hall.

David Horovitch, Wil Johnson, John Macmillan, Graham McTavish, Ewan Mitchell, Theo Nate, Matthew Needham, Bill Paterson, Phia Saban, Gavin Spokes, and Savannah Steyn also round out the cast.

Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon, “The Sea Snake” and Eve Best as Princess Rhaenys Velaryon.

Are there any other trailers for House Of The Dragon?

Of course, there’s the newly released official trailer that is currently making us more excited than ever but lest we forget the initial anticipation was drummed up by the first teaser trailer. 

Released last October, it provided our first look at House Of The Dragon and as well as some dramatic shots of the coveted Iron Throne, some intense music and a brief shot of an epic sword fight, we’re left to ponder over the exact series details to come. Watch it for yourself here:

What has been said about House Of The Dragon?

Well, naturally, a lot has been discussed about the highly anticipated prequel series. But George RR Martin has revealed that this is not the only spin-off series we can expect from the fantasy series franchise.

Taking to his blog, the acclaimed author discussed the multiple projects he has going on but also took the chance to confirm that he’s “very excited” for House Of The Dragon. He said: “What I have seen, I have loved.I am eager to see more.”

He also revealed that he’s “excited about the other successor shows as well” and while he’s “dying to tell [us] all about them”, he simply stated that he’s “not supposed to”. 

George RR Martin is the author of the ‘A Song of Ice And Fire’ series, which were adapted into the Emmy award-winning Game of Thrones.

The “successor shows”, as he puts them, have taken a lot of the author’s time and attention this year. He wrote: “I have seen some comments out there questioning how much I am involved in these new series. The answer is: a lot. Deeply, heavily involved in every one of the new shows.

“It’s my world, and while I have been working closely with some fantastic writers and showrunners, ultimately it is up to me to try to keep the canon… well, canonical… and to do all I can to help make the new shows great. (And I love these stories too).”

As well as House Of The Dragon, Martin revealed that we can expect live action shows for HBO and animated shows for HBO Max. While he can’t guarantee how many will actually air, the ideas “are quite different in tone and approach than what has gone before, and that thrills me”, writes the novelist. 

When and where will House Of The Dragon be available to watch?

The 10-episode series will launch on Monday 22 August on Sky Atlantic and streaming service Now and episodes will be released weekly. So no binge-watching here, folks.

UK fans also won’t miss a moment of the global excitement as each instalment will be available to watch at the same time as the US premiere.

Images: Sky/HBO

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