The Targaryens have arrived, with fire and blood.
HBO has released the official teaser trailer for the Game of Thrones prequel series House of the Dragon. Based on the book “Fire & Blood” by George RR Martin and set some 200 years before the events of “Game of Thrones”, the show stars Matt Smith (“The Crown”, “Doctor Who”) and follows the argument. silver-haired and incestuous members of House Targaryen, aka Daenerys and Jon Snow’s ancestors. So, yes, there will be dragons.
The trailer begins with an ominous voice narrating, “What is this short mortal life if not the pursuit of a legacy?”
We then see images of a dragon flying over a city and we get a name drop of a Stark ancestor (Rickon Stark) as he enters the throne room and bows to the king. At the beginning of this story, King Viserys (Paddy Considine) reigns while Princess Rhaenyra (Emma D’Arcy) is his named heir. Prince Daemon (Matt Smith) is her uncle, who looks on in the trailer with mischievous eyes.
A female voice in the trailer says, “Men would rather set the empire on fire than see a woman ascend the iron throne.” So there’s an attempt at feminism, but that’s just lemon juice in the cut for Game of Thrones ‘ fans who liked Daenerys – because we know that even 200 years later, there still isn’t a woman on the throne and instead boring Bran is. But that is neither here nor there.
The trailer also mentions politics as an “ugly game” to “win” and sets up the battle for the throne, with plenty of shots of dark castle halls, sprawling seaside cityscapes and drawn swords – and of course dragons and dragon eggs. So it borrows from a lot of Game of Thrones themes and similar visuals.
“History doesn’t remember blood, it remembers names,” the narrator concludes.
House of the Dragon premieres August 21 on HBO.