House of the Dragon unleashes first look at cast for Game of Thrones prequel
See photos of the cast in character for the Targaryen-focused series.
House of the Dragon
Welcome to a new age of House Targaryen.
Paparazzi snapped photos of the set as the cast began filming the fantasy-drama, which is set 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones. But the Home Box Office network gave a closer look at some of the characters coming to the small screen in 2022.
House of the Dragon goes back to the heyday of the Targaryen empire, as chronicled in George R. R. Martin's Fire and Blood book.
D'Arcy is seen opposite Smith as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, the first-born child of King Viserys Targaryen (Paddy Considine) who's a dragonrider and of pure Valyrian blood. "Many would say that Rhaenyra was born with everything… but she was not born a man," reads an official character description.
Smith transforms into Prince Daemon Targaryen, the king's younger brother and heir to the throne. He's described as "a peerless warrior and a dragonrider" who "possesses the true blood of the dragon. But it is said that whenever a Targaryen is born, the gods toss a coin in the air…"
Toussaint debuts as Lord Corlys Velaryon, a.k.a. The Sea Snake. He's the Lord of House Velaryon, a Valyrian bloodline as old as House Targaryen. He's also the most famed nautical adventurer in the history of Westeros who "built his house into a powerful seat that is even richer than the Lannisters and that claims the largest navy in the world."
Ifans joined the cast as Otto Hightower, the Hand of the King who loyally and faithfully serves both Viserys and his realm. "As the Hand sees it, the greatest threat to the realm is the king's brother, Daemon, and his position as heir to the throne."
Cooke plays Otto's daughter, Alicent Hightower. She's "the most comely woman in the Seven Kingdoms. She was raised in the Red Keep, close to the king and his innermost circle; she possesses both a courtly grace and a keen political acumen."
Filming on House of the Dragon began in late April with HBO releasing photos of the table read.
Miguel Sapochnik and Ryan Condal showrun the series, which was created by Martin and Condal. Martin serves as executive producer.