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First official look at House of the Dragon cast

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May 5, 2021, 1:36 PM ET
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Via the official Twitter account, HBO today unveiled three stills that give us our first look at the House of the Dragon cast in action.

First up is Emma D'Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and Matt Smith as her husband-uncle Daemon Targaryen:

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The glorious, long, platinum-blonde locks are back! Matt Smith in particular looks very much like an ancestor of Harry Lloyd's Viserys. While Emilia Clarke has been to date the only female Targaryen we've ever seen on screen, Emma D'Arcy appears set to strike her own path. Rhaenyra's demeanor here seems sterner and more world-weary than Daenerys ever was, and even Rhaenyra's dark, red-shaded dress is very different from Dany's classic bold, bright look.

Next is Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon, also known as the Sea Snake:

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The Velaryons will be brand new to us, though the garb here (and the setting of Steve Toussaint on the rocky shore) is reminiscent of some wealthy pirates from across the Narrow Sea. The Sea Snake's long white braids are a nice touch, a new look, but one that potentially speaks to his potential experience, if not wisdom.

Finally we have Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower and Rhys Ifans as her father, Lord Otto Hightower, the Hand of the King:

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The Hightowers will be somewhat new to us. We did get to see their seat of Oldtown in Game of Thrones, and keen eyes might have caught Ser Gerold Hightower in the Tower of Joy flashback. Here, Olivia Cooke looks very stately as Alicent Hightower; is she a queen yet, or just a young woman whose quiet ambitions will turn dangerously overt? As Otto Hightower, Rhys Ifans bears the Hand of the King pin (he served in the role to both Jaehaerys I and Viserys I), as well as a grimace that is all too familiar to the Hands we've come to know.

What do you think of the first photos from House of the Dragon? Hopefully we'll get to see more soon, especially shots of other main cast members, like Paddy Considine as King Viserys, Fabien Frankel as Ser Criston Cole, and Eve Best as Rhaenys the Queen Who Never Was.

House of the Dragon is in production now and is set to debut in 2022 on HBO.

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