We cannot “Girl, we guess so…” this one enough.
Okay, before we get to the pictures (or rather, after you look at the pictures and then scroll up to see if we said anything worth paying attention to, which: fair), it has to be said that the final stretch of episodes of Game of Thrones has done an amazing job of souring a lot of people on the entire series retroactively. Between Martin’s seeming inability or unwillingness to complete the book series and Benioff and Weiss’s poor grasp of the story after they ran out of adaptable material, it’s pretty stunning to consider the consensus opinion on the Game of Thrones franchise as compared to its high standing less than five years ago. And that’s honestly a shame, because a lot of people did amazing work for a long time on that series, even if it’s hard to reconcile the high quality of the early-season plotting and direction with the final-season’s rushed, anti-climactic and occasionally nonsensical scenarios. It’s hard for us to consider a rewatch because so many of the final fates of certain characters were strange letdowns and so much of the foreshadowing tuned out to be not as dire as it claimed to be.
Okay, NOW you can look at the pictures:
Because dammit, we just might be willing to get caught up in this again. Who’s with us?
HBO has released the first official images from the upcoming drama series, HOUSE OF THE DRAGON. Based on George R.R. Martin’s “Fire & Blood,” the series, which is set 300 years before the events of “Game of Thrones,” tells the story of House Targaryen. HOUSE OF THE DRAGON recently began production and will debut on HBO and be available to stream on HBO Max in 2022.
Featured cast include the following:
Emma D’Arcy as “Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen”: The king’s first-born child, she is of pure Valyrian blood, and she is a dragonrider. Many would say that Rhaenyra was born with everything… but she was not born a man.
Matt Smith as “Prince Daemon Targaryen”: The younger brother to King Viserys and heir to the throne. A peerless warrior and a dragonrider, Daemon possesses the true blood of the dragon. But it is said that whenever a Targaryen is born, the gods toss a coin in the air…
Steve Toussaint as “Lord Corlys Velaryon” (“The Sea Snake”): Lord of House Velaryon, a Valyrian bloodline as old as House Targaryen. As “The Sea Snake,” the most famed nautical adventurer in the history of Westeros, Lord Corlys built his house into a powerful seat that is even richer than the Lannisters and that claims the largest navy in the world.
Olivia Cooke as “Alicent Hightower”: The daughter of Otto Hightower, the Hand of the King, and the most comely woman in the Seven Kingdoms. She was raised in the Red Keep, close to the king and his innermost circle; she possesses both a courtly grace and a keen political acumen.
Rhys Ifans as “Otto Hightower”: The Hand of the King, Ser Otto loyally and faithfully serves both his king and his realm. As the Hand sees it, the greatest threat to the realm is the king’s brother, Daemon, and his position as heir to the throne.
[Photo Credit: Ollie Upton/HBO, Courtesy of HBO]