By Rachael Grealish
If, like many other Game of Thrones fans, you didn’t feel the ending did the legendary series justice, the brand may yet be redeemed with a new spin-off series.
Sky has today, Thursday May 6, released the first official images from the upcoming drama series, House of the Dragon – based on the GOT creator’s, George R.R. Martin’s, Fire & Blood.
The series, which is set 300 years before the events of GOT, tells the story of House Targaryen – that’s right the one Emilia Clarke’s character, Daenerys (with the awesome dragons) was part of.
House of the Dragon began production and will debut on Sky Atlantic and streaming service NOW in 2022.
Featured cast includes; Emma D’Arcy as ‘Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen’.
She is 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 – but, come on guys, she is a badass dragonrider.
Matt Smith has traded in the Crown Jewels (see what we did there) to take on the role of a very different Prince.
Smith will play ‘Prince Daemon Targaryen’, the younger brother to King Viserys and heir to the throne.
The character is billed as ‘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 – so will we be seeing similarities between him and the Mad King?
Steve Toussaint as ‘Lord Corlys Velaryon’ - otherwise known as ‘The Sea Snake’.
He’s the 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 is taking on the role of ‘Alicent Hightower’ – the daughter of Otto Hightower, the Hand of the King, billed as ‘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 will be playing ‘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.
It may seem a lot of information for Sky to throw at us but in GOT terms these little character bios just scratch the tip of, what is sure to be, a very complicated iceberg.
Little else has been released about the show, but it is set to hit our screens in 2022.