A new trailer HBO Max’s upcoming Game of Thrones spin-off, The House of the Dragon, offers a new look at the early Targaryen rulers of the Seven Kingdoms.
The trailer begins with the question “What is this brief mortal life, if not the pursuit of legacy?” and this idea of legacy continues to echo throughout everything else that is shown. It is clear that House of the Dragon will be concerned with establishing how the legendary Targaryen rulers who shaped the world of Westeros as seen in Game of Thrones came to be, diving into the lives of their ancestors to establish the roots of Targaryen ideology and bloodlust.
The trailer sets up tensions within the house, revealing King Viserys I Targaryen has named his daughter, Rhaenyra, heir to the Iron Throne. “Men would sooner put the realm to the torch than see a woman ascend the Iron Throne,” Princess Rhaenys Velaryon tells Rhaenyra in the trailer, which sees Matt Smith’s Daemon Targaryen clearly coveting the throne for himself. Check out the new trailer below:
As well as the sinister politics and warmongering of House Targaryen, the trailer promises a series set in an era when dragons still freely roamed the skies over Westeros. The legendary beasts are seen twice in the trailer, with one even carrying a human rider. By the time of Game of Thrones the only dragons left in the world are those owned by Daenerys Targaryen. Their appearance in House of the Dragon promises a story from a legendary age in the history of Westeros.
Here is the synopsis for the Game of Thrones spin-off series:
Based on George R.R. Martin’s book Fire & Blood, the series will tell the story of House Targaryen (a.k.a. the House that gave us the Mother of Dragons herself, Daenerys Targaryen) and take place 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones.
Miguel Sapochnik and Ryan J. Condal serve as co-showrunners on House of the Dragon and are executive producing alongside George R. R. Martin. The series features a star-studded cast that includes Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, and Paddy Considine, Rhys Ifans, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best and Sonoya Mizuno.
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