Swords, fire, and dragons—oh my!
The Targaryens have always been a family with a complicated history, but we didn’t realize the extent until viewing the official trailer for House of the Dragon.
In just a month we shall be returning to Westeros—albeit a couple of hundred years in the past—as the Game of Thrones spin-off covers the events that lead up to the Targaryen civil war.
Family politics come into play as reigning King Viserys I shares his dream of placing his heir on the Iron Throne. The candidates for the coveted position are his daughter, Princess Rhaenyra, and his younger brother, Prince Daemon.
“No queen has ever sat on the Iron Throne,” the King is reminded by his Master of Laws, Lyonel Strong. “The king has an heir—Daemon Targaryan.”
Viserys responds by declaring, “I will not be made to choose between my brother and my daughter.“
Although the rightful heir, it is a sign of the times that Rhaenyra is told how it is the order of things for women not to inherit the crown.
“War is afoot” as the trailer promises.
Game of Thrones: House of the Dragon premieres on August 21 on HBO, with Paddy Considine, Matt Smith, Emma D’arcy, Olivia Cook, and Rhys Ifans making up the cast.