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Game of Thrones spinoff House of the Dragon gets a brooding first teaser trailer

Time for Targaryens

Matt Patches is an executive editor at Polygon. He has over 15 years of experience reporting on movies and TV, and reviewing pop culture.

The Targaryens are coming. A new teaser for the Game of Thrones spinoff House of the Dragon show, released on Tuesday, sets the mood for the show. While there’s no specific release date, HBO promises a premiere in 2022.

Conceived by George R.R. Martin and based on the author’s book Fire & Blood, House of the Dragon is a prequel show set 200 years before the events of the original Game of Thrones series. The new series chronicles the history of House Targaryen, and is rumored to depict the event known as the “Dance of the Dragons,” the Targaryen civil war. Thrones veteran Miguel Sapochnik will direct the pilot and additional episodes, and serves as showrunner with Ryan Condal (Colony).

House of the Dragon began production last May with a stacked cast. Appearing in season 1 are Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen, Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon, Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower, Rhys Ifans as Otto Hightower. HBO’s description for Rhaenyra was telling: “The king’s first-born child, she is of pure Valyrian blood, and she is a dragonrider. Many would say that Rhaenyra was born with everything … but she was not born a man.”

House of the Dragon is only the beginning for what HBO hopes is a major expansion of the Game of Thrones franchise. While five spinoff shows were considered to fill the immediate void left by the flagship show, only House of the Dragon moved forward. But additional show announcements followed, including a series based on author George R.R. Martin’s Dunk and Egg novellas, an animated series for HBO Max, and three more epically sized projects that could take any form: 10,000 Ships, about the warrior-queen Princess Nymeria, who founded Dorne; a story is set in Flea Bottom, the slum of King’s Landing; and 9 Voyages, about Corlys Velaryon, a legendary sailor from Game of Thrones history.

House of the Dragon will arrive first, bowing on both HBO and HBO Max when it premieres next year.