House of the Dragon is almost here, and it’s been a while since we last visited Westeros. The new series is set in the world of Game of Thrones, but the situation looks very different, so here’s what you need to know before you dive in.
Compared to Game of Thrones, House of the Dragon will follow a relatively simple story. Rather than the former’s continent-spanning saga, the prequel focuses on the Targaryens.
King Viserys Targaryen names his daughter Rhaenyra as his heir, breaking with patriarchal tradition and angering his brother Daemon. House of the Dragon chronicles the years between Viserys’ decision and the Dance of the Dragons, the civil war that follows.
At the start of the prequel, dragons are an even bigger deal than they were in GoT. Dragons made House Targaryen the power it is, and the family will have 17 of them at its command in House of the Dragon.
Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss aren’t returning for House of the Dragon. Reportedly, they won’t factor into any future spinoffs either. Ryan Condal and Miguel Sapochnik are behind the helm here.