'House of the Dragon' release date, cast, plot for HBO's 'Game of Thrones' prequel

Winter is coming, yet again.

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If you thought you’d escaped Game of Thrones, think again. While the main series may have wrapped up back in May, the story is far from over with multiple prequels and spinoffs still in development at HBO. With the recent press rollout of their new streaming service HBO Max, we’ve now got confirmation as to what the first will be: House of the Dragon, a prequel series detailing the rise and fall of the Targaryen dynasty some 300 years before the events of GoT. While very little information on the show is available, here’s what we know so far, including likely plot details, who’s involved in the new series, and when it might actually release.

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Who’s writing, directing, and showrunning House of the Dragon?

The creative team for House of the Dragon features a notable familiar face in director Miguel Sapochnik. Sapochnik is responsible for a number of Thrones’ most memorable episodes, including ‘Battle of the Bastards’ and ‘Hardhome’. He became the show’s go-to “battle guy” and largely contributed to creating the most notable example of a TV show feeling cinematic, though his Season 8 episodes weren’t always well-received.

Sapochnik will be directing the pilot as well as other episodes throughout the series. Joining him is Ryan Condal, longtime showrunner of the USA sci-fi series Colony.

Who’s in the cast of House of the Dragon?

As far as we know, the show hasn’t been cast yet, but we’ll let you know as soon as that changes.

What’s the plot and story of House of the Dragon?

While hard details aren’t available quite yet, we know that House of the Dragon will take place 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones. It will cover the Targaryen dynasty and its influence on Westeros. We’ve yet to discover if the approach it takes to telling their tale will be linear or not, so it could feature appearances from the Mad King, Rhaegar, Aegon the Conqueror, or even Jaehaerys the Old King. We’ll likely also get a look at the other Great House during this era, including the semi-independent Starks up north.

There’s a whole lot of Targaryen lore the show could cover, much of which is outlined in series scribe George R.R. Martin’s recent tome Fire & Blood. Until we have more information on how the series may approach telling the Targaryens’ tale, that book may be the best point of reference as to what the show might be like.

'Fire and Blood' serves as the inspiration for a tentative 'Game of Thrones' prequel series in development at HBO.
'Fire and Blood' serves as the inspiration for a tentative 'Game of Thrones' prequel series in development at HBO.

Is there a trailer for House of the Dragon?

No. They haven’t even started filming — as far as we know — so you’ll need to hang tight on that one.

When is the House of the Dragon release date?

There’s no telling when we’ll be able to watch House of the Dragon. With the show only just now being announced and no cast or further creative team in place, it could be a year or two before significant progress on the show has been made. However, we do know that it’s been given a full ten-episode season order. The pilot stage has been skipped and the show is going straight to series.

There’s sure to be more House of the Dragon news coming our way soon, and we’ll be sure to keep you in the loop on it. Just by virtue of being announced this is already one of the most anticipated new TV shows of the next few years and a huge win for HBO Max as the streaming wars ensue. It’s also a huge win for fans of the world of Westeros, who will be able to return to the world Game of Thrones made us fall in love with very soon.

Media via HBO, Bantam Books