Today, HBO released a full trailer for the highly anticipated Game of Thrones spin-off House of the Dragon.
I’ve attached it below so check it out!
There are a few key things to note before we go into this trailer.
It is important to note that as a big fan of the show, I know, for the most part how this story is going to end. I will not be providing any insight to the story itself aside from what we get in the trailer.
House of the Dragon is set 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones, which is 100 years after the Targaryen’s have taken control of Westeros.
We’re given much more information about the plot details in this trailer than we have been in past teaser trailers.
This time, instead of just seeing characters pop up on the screen we can actually hear a few repeating their names while swearing an oath to Viserys The First.
The names we hear are Rickon Stark, Corlys Velarion, and some Baratheon who’s name I couldn’t quite make out.
We know that Viserys The First names his daughter Rhaenyra Targaryen(played by Emma D’Arcy) his next heir, and that these lords are here to swear their fealty not only to his decision but to her.
If you’re familiar with the ASOIAF Series then you know that there’s going to be issues(lol).
“Men would sooner put the realm to the torch than see a woman ascend the iron throne.”
Poignant and a very familiar theme for fans of Game of Thrones.
The following scene in the trailer, we hear King Viserys go “We play an ugly game, you have the determination to win it. History does not remember blood, it remembers names.”
Of course nothing in the ASOIAF universe comes easy and without copious amounts of bloodshed and betrayal.
Returning Locations in House of the Dragon
Because it’s set in the same universe as Game of Thrones we’re going to see a lot of repeat locations.
Instantly in the trailer were shown Matt Smith as Daemon Targaryen walking the same steps at Dragonstone that we’ve seen Daenarys, Tyrion, and Jon Snow walk before.
We also see him in the war room of Dragonstone. The reason this location is so important is that it served as the first Targaryen stronghold during the conquering of Westeros 100 years before the events of The House of Dragon. It is mentioned very frequently in the annals of Targaryen History so it’s nice to see it’s not being neglected.
We’ve also seen multiple characters make their homes in Dragonstone during the events of Game of Thrones so I think it’s an incredible way to visually connect the two stories, though set apart by two centuries.
The Red Keep
We see the inside of the Red Keep and King’s Landing. Which is obvious, it is the seat of power in Westeros.
We also see The Iron Throne looking very similar to the one we got in GoT but with slight variations. Some of you may scoff at this, but it is actually canon in the books that the Iron Throne had additions and things taken away from it with the passing of power.
Potential Locations in House of the Dragon?
Hearing the Stark and Baratheon names in the trailer got me giddy. Of course two of the most historic and powerful houses in Westeros are going to be involved in this debacle, why wouldn’t they?
Though we didn’t hear the Lannister name, we know there are Lannisters in the show as well.
That gets me wondering, are we going to see Storm’s End? What about an older Winterfell? Casterly Rock? The potential is endless especially considering were also going to be seeing houses within the show that at some point in the history of Westeros vanished entirely.
Will Harrenhal appear in the show before it became cursed? Will we actually get to see Balerion The Dread burning it to the ground?
Just another thing I can’t wait to see in The House of the Dragon.
You can’t expect me to not bring up dragons, especially since they served such an important purpose in Daenarys’ Storyline in Game of Thrones and such an important purpose in the entire history of House Targaryen.
There are two different dragon eggs featured in the trailer. The first is held in the opening sequence by Daemon Targaryen, it looks like a bronze-ish colored egg with a slightly darker base.
The second egg we see is all black, and sitting over embers. Are we going to see the Dragon Breeding process? It would make absolute sense. We’re talking about an Empire built on the fire and fury of dragons.
This is just a small taste however, we know for a fact that there will be 17 different dragons in the first season alone. You can read more about that here.
What if I haven’t Watched Game of Thrones?
Because this is a prequel to Game of Thrones you don’t need to watch it to understand what’s going on.
That being said, if you still haven’t watched Game of Thrones my only question is how?
When is it coming and where to watch
House of the Dragon is an HBO Original Show. You will be able to stream it on HBOMax with a subscription.
It will be air and be streamed simultaneously(though there might be a delay on this) on August 21, 2022 while a time hasn’t been given, it will most likely be 9p.m EST.
Are you as excited as I am for House of the Dragon?! Let me know in the comments below!