The Targaryens have arrived, through fire and blood.
HBO has released the official trailer for its “Game of Thrones” prequel series, “House of the Dragon.” Based on the book “Fire & Blood” by George RR Martin and set some 200 years before the events of “Game of Thrones,” the show will star Matt Smith (“The Crown,” “Doctor Who”) and follow the bickering, silver-haired, incestuous members of House Targaryen, also known as the ancestors of Daenerys and Jon Snow. So yes there is will be be dragons.
The trailer begins with an ominous voiceover narrating, “What is this brief mortal life but the quest for the legacy?”
We then see footage of a dragon flying over a city, and we get the name of a Stark ancestor, Rickon, as he enters the throne room and bows to the king. At the beginning of this story, King Viserys (Paddy Considine) reigns while Princess Rhaenyra (Emma D’Arcy) is his heir. Prince Daemon (Matt Smith) is her uncle, furtive-eyed in the trailer.
A woman’s voice in the trailer says, “Men would rather set the kingdom on fire than see a woman ascend the iron throne.” So there’s an attempt at feminism but this is just squeezing lemon juice in the cut for “Game of Thrones” fans who liked Daenerys as we know that even 200 years later a woman still isn’t in the throne, and instead, Bran is boring. But that is neither here nor there.
The trailer also mentions politics as an “ugly game” to “win” and sets up the dispute for the throne, with plenty of shots of dark castle halls, seaside cityscapes, and drawn swords, and of course, dragons and eggs. dragon. So it leans towards a lot of “Game of Thrones” themes and similar visual effects.
“History does not remember blood, it remembers names”, concludes the narrator.
“House of the Dragon” will premiere on August 21 on HBO Max.