Game Of Thrones was simply the biggest TV show in the world for a few years. People who would never have dreamed of watching fantasy were lining up at office water coolers globally to talk about the previous night’s episode. So it is with a sense of inevitability that HBO decided to return to Westeros for House Of The Dragon.

Now there is only one question on everyone’s lips, other than wondering when George R. R. Martin is going to stop playing around and finish the damn books. Will it be better than the poorly received final season of the main show?

HBO Max has revealed the first footage from House of the Dragon at a launch event for HBO Max in Europe.

The prequel is set two centuries before the events of Game Of Thrones. House Targaryen rules and the Targaryen civil war will begin, the Dance Of Dragons. Matt Smith’s Prince Daemon Targaryen provides the voiceover hinting at what is to come in the ten-episode first season.

Paddy Considine, Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, Matt Smith, Steve Toussaint, Rhys Ifans, Fabien Frankel, Ryan Corr, Jefferson Hall, David Horovitch, Graham McTavish, Matthew Needham, Bill Paterson, and Gavin Spokes round out the cast.

Miguel Sapochnik and Ryan Condal will showrun House Of The Dragon and will executive produce with George R. R. Martin and Vince Gerardis.

HBO Max launches in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Spain, and Andorra as the first territories with the same 45-day theatrical release window as the US on October 26th.

HBO Max will only roll out in territories where existing HBO deals, such as the tie-up with Sky Atlantic in the UK, have expired.

House of the Dragon received a straight-to-series order in October 2019 with casting beginning in July 2020 and principal photography beginning in April 2021 in the United Kingdom. The first season of the series is scheduled to premiere in 2022 and will consist of ten episodes.

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