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House of the Dragon sets debut for August 21

Mar 30, 2022, 2:32 PM ET
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It's official: House of the Dragon will make its long-awaited debut on August 21 on HBO Max. The prequel to Game of Thrones focuses on House Targaryen's rise to power centuries before we witnessed the family line end with Daenerys Targaryen. Based on George R. R. Martin's Fire & Blood novel, the new show was developed for HBO by Ryan J. Condal and Miguel Sapochnik, and stars Olivia Cooke, Emma D'Arcy, and Matt Smith.

TV Tattle notes that the premiere date pits House of the Dragon squarely against another fantasy heavyweight: the Lord of the Rings TV show from Amazon Prime. A former Amazon executive concludes the scheduling is "a pretty clear sign HBO Max is very confident" about House of the Dragon. After watching a rough cut of the first episode, GRRM similarly expressed confidence in it: "It's dark, it's powerful, it's visceral... just the way I like my epic fantasy."

Martin may have also hinted at the new show's premiere data when he recently announced The Rise of the Dragon (a new illustrated adaptation of Fire & Blood, co-written by Elio M. García, Jr. and Linda Antonsson). That book is set to come out on October 21, two days before House of the Dragon's first season is scheduled to end. You can pre-order The Rise of the Dragon here (Amazon affiliate link).

In addition to the poster below, the official @HouseofDragon Twitter account has released several new images of the cast, including Emma D'Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen, Olivie Cooke as Alicent Hightower, Rhys Ifans as Hand of the King Otto Hightower, Milly Alcock and Emily Carey as younger versions of Rhaenyra and Alicent, Paddy Considine as King Viserys Targaryen, Fabien Frankel as Sir Criston Cole, Steve Toussaint and Eve Best as Lord Corlys Velaryon and Princess Rhaenys Targaryen, and Sonoyo Mizuno as Mysaria. You can view all the photos on Entertainment Weekly.

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