It’s a Sunny Day for Targaryens in the First Images From HBO’s House of the Dragon

We certainly can’t criticize these images for being too dark. You can see all the details in the pale blonde wigs and elaborate costumes in the first official images from HBO’s House of the Dragon, the first Game of Thrones spinoff to make its way into production. Read on for a glimpse at five of the show’s characters!

That’s Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, a dragon-riding, pure-blooded Valyrian. She is King Viserys I’s firstborn, but as we’ve seen, a woman’s claim to the throne rarely goes unchallenged. Matt Smith is Prince Daemon Targaryen, the younger brother of King Viserys (Paddy Considine).

Steve Toussaint plays Lord Corlys Velaryon, also known as the Sea Snake. It’s hard to say much about him without getting into potentially spoilery territory.

Olivia Cooke is Alicent Hightower, daughter of Hand of the King Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans).

House of the Dragon is set 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones and explores the tangled history of House Targaryen. According to Deadline, the show has five main characters, four of which we see in these photos: Rhaenyra Targaryen, Daemon Targaryen, Alicent Hightower, Corlys Velaryon, and Viserys Targaryen.

The story is based on material from George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood: 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones, the fictional history of House Targaryen. The series is expected to cover the Dance of the Dragons, the civil war that breaks out in the wake of King Viserys’s death—but how far into the series that event will happen, no one knows. As ever in Westeros, the question of succession is fraught, to say the least.

House of the Dragon‘s first season will have ten episodes, and air in 2022.

 

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