When will House of the Dragon air?
HBO president Casey Bloys confirmed that the show is on track for a 2022 release date, according to Deadline. He also stated that casting is currently underway for the show, and that scripts are in the process of being written.
Who are the cast and crew?
Creator of the book series - George RR Martin - is developing the series with the creator of Colony, Ryan Condal, who will act as head writer and co-runner of the show.
Partnering with him is Miguel Sapochnik, who will also be directing the pilot episode and several others in the series. Sapochnik served as director for both Battle of the Bastards and Winds of Winter, two of the highest-rated Game of Thrones episodes overall.
The role of Viserys I will be played Paddy Considine, HBO has confirmed. The actor is best known for his work in The Outsider, The Death of Stalin, and Hot Fuzz. Viserys I plays a crucial role in Westeros, and the civil war that will no doubt be at the centre of House of the Dragon.
HBO has also confirmed that Emma D’Arcy (known for Truth Seekers) will fill the role of Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, Viserys's daughter and the eventual successor to the throne.
Matt Smith (known for Doctor Who) will play Daemon Targaryen, both Rhaenyra's husband and uncle - because we just can't seem to get away from incest in Game of Thrones, apparently.
Olivia Cooke (known for Ready Player One) will play Alicent Hightower, the daughter of the Hand of the King. She will complicate things greatly for the Targaryen line and their claims to the Iron Throne.
What is the series about?
As the name suggests, House of the Dragon will be based all around House Targaryen, the line that Daenerys is from. It will draw from Martin’s book Fire & Blood - which contains enough material for various plot avenues to be explored.
The rumoured setting for House of the Dragon is 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones, around the time that Aegon Targaryen first invaded Westeros, declared himself King and kicked off the War of Conquest. The end of this war resulted in the formation of the seven kingdoms, and the Iron Throne being created.
Now that we have confirmation that both Rhaenyra Targaryen and Alicent Hightower will appear, we know that the show will delve into the Targaryen civil war, otherwise known as the 'Dance of the Dragons.' During this time, Westeros was split between the two figures and their own claims to the Iron Throne.
We don't know whether the show will only focus on this story, or whether it will be a segment in a bigger overarching plot.
We also suspect that we'll see appearances from other famous houses - such as the Starks, Lannisters, Baratheons and Tyrells. It’s unlikely that we’ll see any familiar faces from Game of Thrones appearing considering how early the show is going to be set - unless somehow the Night King manages to worm his way in.
Either way, Martin has confirmed that there will be dragons, which lots of fans will be pleased to hear about.
How can I watch House of the Dragon?
In the US, you’ll be able to watch on HBO and its various streaming services such as HBO Max. As with Game of Thrones, UK viewers will get access via Sky Atlantic and Now TV. If for some reason you can’t access either of these channels, here’s how to watch HBO outside of the US.