MANILA, Philippines – The debut date for the Game of Thrones prequel series House of the Dragon has been confirmed: it will run on HBO Max and HBO Television on August 22 (Philippine time).
HBO revealed a fiery “House of the Dragon” teaser trailer and nine character posters featuring the leads for the “Game of Thrones” prequel series Thursday.
Set 200 years before the events of HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” the new series, premiering Aug. 21, tells the story of House Targaryen.
Like its mother series, “House of the Dragon” has a large cast with a smaller core set of characters at the center of its story, including 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 Targaryen).
Filming of House of the Dragon was filmed in January. HBO announced in March that the 10-episode series will premiere in August. In October, a one-minute teaser for the series was released.
“House of the Dragon” was created by “Game of Thrones” author George R. R. Martin and Ryan J. Condal (“Colony”), and is based on Martin’s novel “Fire & Blood.” Condal and director Miguel Sapochnik are executive producers and co-showrunners on the series, as are Martin and Vince Gerardis, as are Sara Hess, Jocelyn Diaz, Ron Schmidt, Clar Kilner, Geeta V. Patel, and Greg
As Variety exclusively disclosed last month, HBO spent less than $20 million per episode to make “House of the Dragon’s” 10-episode first season. In comparison, HBO spends roughly $100 million every season on “Game of Thrones.” Its per-episode price ranged from around $6 million in Season 1 to $15 million in the show’s eighth and final season.
Game of Thrones, which premiered in 2011, is a medieval fantasy series that bagged several awards during its eight-year run. The series finale, which aired in May 2019, was polarizing for fans.