The long anticipated preuel to Game of Thrones, House of the Dragon, premieres this Sunday, August 21, at 9:00 p.m. ET on HBO. Based on Fire & Blood by George R. R. Martin, it is set 200 years earlier than its predecessor series, telling the story of the House Targaryen, the dragon riders from whom Daenerys Targaryen is descended. House of the Dragon centers on the family of King Viserys Targaryen (Paddy Considine) a good king with a kind heart, chosen by the Lords of Westeros to succeed the Old King. Naturally, a good and kind man does not usually do well in Westeros, and King Viserys is surrounded by an extensive cast of family and competitors to the throne. Read on for more on the cast of characters, as well as how to watch House of the Dragon.
Read on for more on how to watch House of the Dragon.
Where to Watch House of the Dragon
House of the Dragon airs exclusively on HBO, and the easiest way to watch it is with HBO Max. A subscription to HBO Max costs $14.99 per month for their ad-free plan and $9.99 per month for their ad-supported service (meaning a few commercials with every episode). You can sign up here. HBO Max is supported on Android, iOS, Apple TV, Chromecast, Playstation, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and more. You can check out my review of HBO Max for more details on this streaming service.
HBO Max doesn’t only air HBO but content from WarnerMedia and other sources. Content on HBO Max includes:
- A selection of acquired series and movies
- All of HBO
- An exclusive collection of new HBO Max Originals
- Select favorites from the WarnerMedia brands Warner Bros., New Line Cinema, DC, CNN, the Turner library, Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth, Looney Tunes, and more
- A selection of acquired series and movies (South Park being a notable example)
Who is Who in House of the Dragon
Like much of Game of Thrones franchise, House of the Dragon promises epic storytelling with an expansive cast. Here is a quick peek at the characters we know so far.
In addition to King Viserys Targaryen (Considine), there is the Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Emma D’Arcy), his eldest child and a pure Valyrian dragonrider; her only downfall is being a woman which impedes her abiliyt to inherit the throne. Prince Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith), the king’s younger brother is a peerless warrior, dragonrider with the true blood of the dragon, and most likely next in line…but did he lose the coin toss on Targaryen sanity? Along side the prince is his unlikely and mysterious ally, Mysaria (Sonoya Mizuno), who came to Westeros with nothing, sold and resold, but rose up from her past against all odds to surprising power.
At the King’s side is Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans) the Hand of the King, loyal and true, with his eyes on the Prince Daemon’s machinations. His daughter Alicent (Olivia Cooke) is one of the most beautiful women in the Seven Kingdoms, as well as close to the king’s circle, putting her in possession of a keen political acumen and knowledge. Lord Corlys Velaryon (Steve Toussaint) is the lord of House Velaryon, a Valyrian bloodline as old as House Targaryen, and the most famed nautical adventurer in Westeros with the largest navy in the world. His wife, Princess Rhaenys Velaryon (Eve Best), is also a dragonrider and cousin to the King, passed over for the throne because she’s a women.
With no title or claim to the throne is Ser Criston Cole (Fabien Frankel), a common-born steward of Dornish descent, known for his honor and masterful sword skills.
Additional cast members include Milly Alcock, Bethany Antonia, Phoebe Campbell, Emily Carey, Harry Collett, Ryan Corr, Tom Glynn-Carney, 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.
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