How to Watch Game of Thrones: House of the Dragon – Release Date, Episode Count, Cast and Streaming this link here.
After a three-year hiatus, we’re headed back to Westeros for an all-new prequel series set in the world of Game of Thrones. House of the Dragon brings viewers back to the reign of House Targaryen, 200 years before the events of the original series, when King Viserys Targaryen ruled over the Seven Kingdoms with the help of 17 dragons. According to our House of the Dragon premiere review, it “feels like Game Of Thrones is back – and not in a Season 8 way.”
House of Dragon will debut on August 21. If you’re wondering what it’s about or how you can watch it yourself, take a look at the information below.
How to Watch House of the Dragon
Game of Thrones: House of the Dragon will premiere on August 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, exclusively on HBO and HBO Max. The series premiere runs for 1 hour and 6 minutes. Subsequent episodes will be released each Sunday through October 23.
How Many Episodes of House of the Dragon Are There?
House of the Dragon’s first season will have ten episodes, each of which will run for roughly one hour. Season 1’s tentative schedule is as follows:
Episode 1 (August 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT)
Episode 2 (August 28 at 9 p.m. ET/PT)
Episode 3 (September 4 at 9 p.m. ET/PT)
Episode 4 (September 11 at 9 p.m. ET/PT)
Episode 5 (September 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT)
Episode 6 (September 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT)
Episode 7 (October 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT)
Episode 8 (October 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT)
Episode 9 (October 16 at 9 p.m. ET/PT)
Episode 10 (October 23 at 9 p.m. ET/PT)
What’s House of the Dragon About?
Based on George R.R. Martin’s novel Fire & Blood, House of the Dragon is set during the reign of the Targaryens, 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones. The show chronicles the later days of the dynasty, including the Targaryen civil war, known as the Dance of the Dragons.
WHAT IS THE PLOT OF HOUSE OF THE DRAGON?
House of the Dragon is the backstory of House Targaryen, set centuries prior to the machinations of Game of Thrones. It is an adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s 2018 novel, Fire & Blood. This is a period of history known as “The Dance of the Dragons,” which is a conflict that erupts between rival siblings Prince Aegon Targaryen and Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen over the right to sit on the Iron Throne after the demise of their father, Viserys I.
House of the Dragon will revolve around those grander days of House Targaryen, one of the surviving families of Old Valyria. These dragon-riding nobles with their signature silvery locks managed to escape the doomed city of Old Valyria before a volcanic event destroyed the kingdom. They settled on the jagged island of Dragonstone, where they carved out their sinister-looking fortress.
With their stable of fire-breathing beasts terrorizing anyone who stood against them, House Targaryen took the Iron Throne at Kings Landing to create a dynasty that lasted 300 years.
This dark fantasy series is a co-creation of Ryan Condal (Colony, Rampage) and Martin. Showrunning duties go to Condal and Miguel Sapochnik, the man who helmed a half-dozen Game of Thrones episodes, including the epic Emmy-winning chapter “Battle of the Bastards.”
Original Game of Thrones co-creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss were not involved.
For those who hum the “Rains of Castamere” in their sleep, you’ll be happy to hear that Emmy-winning Game of Thrones and Westworld composer Ramin Djawadi is back to score the series.
House of the Dragon will tell a more focused tale than Game of Thrones— one less concerned with the world politics of Westeros and more on the conflict within the Targaryen family, including the all-important matter of succession.
This is a time during which the Targaryens controlled 17 dragons – nine of which will appear in Season 1.
Who’s in the Cast?
Game of Thrones: House of the Dragon Cast
House of the Dragon is developed by A Song of Ice and Fire author George R. R. Martin, Ryan J. Condal (Colony), and Miguel Sapochnik (Game of Thrones). It stars the following actors:
Paddy Considine as King Viserys Targaryen
Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen
Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen
Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower
Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon
Eve Best as Princess Rhaenys Velaryon
Rhys Ifans as Otto Hightower
Sonoya Mizuno as Mysaria
Fabien Frankel as Ser Criston Cole
Where to Watch the Original Game of Thrones
All eight seasons of Game of Thrones are available to stream on HBO Max. Alternatively, you can buy seasons (or episodes) on Amazon. Although it isn’t necessary, it may be worth rewatching the best episodes of Game of Thrones as a primer.