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House Of The Dragon: Release Date, Cast, Trailer And Film Location

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House Of The Dragon: Release Date, Cast, Trailer And Film Location

Games of Thrones might have come to an end but there are more stories to be told in Westeros, as HBO plans to release a number of spin offs based on the fantasy world created by author George RR Martin.

The first of these spinoffs is House Of The Dragon, a prequel TV series set to focus on the dragon riding Targaryen family that conquered Westeros and ruled it for 300 years.

Most of what we saw of the Targaryens in GoT was through Daenerys, played by Emilia Clarke, as she grew beyond her abusive brother Viserys (Harry Lloyd) and rose to power as a queen with dragons at her command.

Beyond Daenerys, most of what we saw of the Targaryens was in flashbacks and the occasional tidbit of background lore. HOTD seeks to flesh out some of those stories.

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The series has a bit of a job on its hands picking up the pieces after GoT ended controversially. Many fans didn't like the way season eight wrapped things up, so HOTD will have to prove itself to audiences that are not sure they want a return to Westeros.

Here's everything we know about the new HOTD series so far.

When will House Of The Dragon be released?

No exact release date has been given for HOTD. All we know is the first series is scheduled to premiere in 2022.

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House Of The Dragon trailer

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What's House Of The Dragon about?

Set 200 years before the events of GoT, HOTD will depict the Targaryens at the height of their power in Westeros and the events which led to the decline of their dynasty.

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The series will tell the story of the 'Dance of the Dragons', a bloody civil war fought between Targaryen family members following the death of King Viserys I.

Who's in House Of The Dragon?

House of the Dragon features a star-studded cast including Paddy Considine as King Viserys, Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower, Emma D'Arcy as Rhaenyra Targaryen, Rhys Ifans as Otto Hightower, and Matt Smith as Daemon Targaryen.

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Behind the camera, George RR Martin and Ryan Condal are co-creators of HOTD. Condal will work as showrunner alongside Miguel Sapochnik, who directed several GoT episodes including the Emmy winning 'Battle of the Bastards'.

GoT composer Ramin Djawadi will return to provide the score for the series.

Where is House Of The Dragon being filmed?

Filming for HOTD is mostly taking place in the UK, although this time it'll be England which plays host to a majority of the production rather than Northern Ireland.

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Crews have been spotted filming in Cornwall and many of the scenes have been shot at Warner Bros Leavesden Studios in Watford, where you can also find the Harry Potter Studio Tour.

Certain scenes will also reportedly be shot in Spain and California, so we might get to see some sunnier climates among the drab British weather.

How many seasons are there?

Right now we don't know how much HOTD we'll get to see beyond the initial 10 episodes of the first season. If the show manages to reignite the interest audiences once had for GoT, then it could become a TV mainstay for several years.

Featured Image Credit: YouTube/HBO Max

Topics: TV and Film, Game of Thrones

Joe Harker
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