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The Game Of Thrones prequel House Of The Dragon has just revealed its release date.
Fans have been eagerly awaiting any news surrounding the upcoming release after it dropped its trailer in October 2021.
However, prayers have finally been answered and a date has been set for when the 10-episode series is set to premiere on HBO Max.
The House of The Dragon Twitter page has revealed that it's set to come to HBO Max on 21 August, along with teasing some of the characters in a series of photos featured below.
The spinoff series is set 200 years before the action in Game of Thrones and tells the story of House Targaryen and the Targaryen civil war that became known as the 'Dance of the Dragons.'
It's based on the 2018 novel Fire and Blood written by George R. R. Martin.
Martin reflected on the prequel: "So far, I am very excited. House Of The Dragon has wrapped in London and is now in post-production.
“What I have seen, I have loved. I am eager to see more. I am dying to tell you all about them, but I am not supposed to, so.”
The cast includes the likes of Doctor Who star Matt Smith as 'peerless warrior and a dragonrider who possesses the true blood of the dragon'' Prince Daemon Targaryen, who can be heard as the voiceover on the trailer.
He states: "Gods, kings, fire and blood. Dreams didn't make us kings - dragons did."
Olivia Cooke is starring as 'the most comely woman in the Seven Kingdoms,' Alicent Hightower and Emma D'Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen.
The prequel also includes up-and-coming talent such as The Rising's Solly McLeod, and Theo Nate, an actor previously known for his roles in theatre.
In a blog post, Martin noted how co-creator Ryan Condal and showrunner Miguel Sapochnik have both 'done an amazing job, and the cast... just as with GAME OF THRONES, most viewers will only have heard of a few of the actors, but I think you are going to fall in love with a lot of them.'
He also teased that the first episode of the prequel is 'dark' and 'powerful'.
Martin wrote: "I am anticipating HOUSE OF THE DRAGON pretty eagerly myself, for what it's worth.
"Okay, I am hardly objective. And I know a lot of what you will be seeing. (I, um, wrote the book). Also ... mum's the word now, don't tell anyone... I've seen a rough cut of the first episode. And loved it. It's dark, it's powerful, it's visceral... just the way I like my epic fantasy."
And now, the countdown is finally on.
The House of the Dragon will be available to stream in the UK on NOW and Sky.
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