House of the Dragon

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House of the Dragon
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Genre Medieval fantasy
Format Serial drama
Created by Ryan Condal
George R. R. Martin
Developed by Ryan Condal
Miguel Sapochnik (season 1)
Carly Wray (early)
Bryan Cogman (early)
Written by Ryan Condal
Wes Tooke
Claire Kiechel
Ti Mikkel
Sara Hess
Charmaine DeGraté
Gabe Fonseca
Ira Parker
Kevin Lau
Eileen Shim
Directed by Miguel Sapochnik (season 1)
Greg Yaitanes
Clare Kilner
Geeta Patel
Alan Taylor (season 2)
Andrij Parekh (season 2)
Loni Peristere (season 2)
Starring Paddy Considine
Matt Smith
Emma D'Arcy
Olivia Cooke
Rhys Ifans
Steve Toussaint
Eve Best
Sonoya Mizuno
Fabien Frankel
Milly Alcock
Emily Carey
Graham McTavish
Matthew Needham
Jefferson Hall
Harry Collett
Tom Glynn-Carney
Ewan Mitchell
Bethany Antonia
Phoebe Campbell
Phia Saban
Composer(s) Ramin Djawadi
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10
Executive producer(s) George R. R. Martin
Ryan Condal
Miguel Sapochnik
Vince Gerardis
Sara Hess
Ron Schmidt (season 1)
Ira Parker
Greg Yaitanes
David Hancock
Charmaine DeGraté
Jocelyn Diaz (season 1)
Melissa Bernstein (season 2)
Kevin de la Noy (season 2)
Loni Peristere (season 2)
Producer(s) Karen Wacker
Angus Moore Gordon
Alexis Raben (season 1)
Kevin Lau
Richard Sharkey
Editor(s) Tim Porter
Crispin Green
  • United Kingdom
    • Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden
    • Cornwall
    • Wales (season 2)
  • Spain
    • Cáceres
    • Trujillo (season 2)
  • United States
    • California
  • Portugal
    • Monsanto
Cinematography Fabian Wagner
Pepe Avila del Pino
Alejandro Martínez
Catherine Goldschmidt
Camera setup Steve Weightman
Jack Parry
Running time 54-68 minutes
Production company(s) HBO
Cross Plains Productions
Bastard Sword
Warner Bros. Pictures
1:26 Pictures Inc.
Distributor HBO Films
Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution
Original channel HBO, HBO Max
Picture format 2:1 (4K UHD)
Audio format Dolby Atmos (HBO Max)
Dolby Digital
First shown in United States
Original run August 21, 2022 – October 23, 2022
Preceded by Game of Thrones
Followed by A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight
External links House of the Dragon
Production website

House of the Dragon is an American medieval fantasy television series developed by HBO. It is a prequel to Game of Thrones.


House of the Dragon takes place two centuries before the War of the Five Kings, focusing on the Dance of the Dragons. The show is based on George R. R. Martin's Fire & Blood, along with the novella The Princess and the Queen and the novelette The Rogue Prince.[1]


Conception and development

House of the Dragon, then titled The Dance of the Dragons, was first pitched by George R. R. Martin in the summer of 2016, when he was still writing Fire & Blood.[1] It was initially helmed by Carly Wray and then by Bryan Cogman.[2] House of the Dragon was greenlit in October 2019 and has received a 10-episode straight-to-series order by HBO, who have hired Miguel Sapochnik to direct the pilot episode and additional episodes. In addition to Sapochnik, Ryan Condal will serve as co-showrunner. George R. R. Martin, Vince Gerardis, and Casey Bloys have been attached as executive producers, and Wes Tooke, Claire Kiechel, Ti Mikkel, Sara Hess, and Charmaine DeGraté as writers. Although Martin has expressed interest in writing an episode, he wishes to first finish The Winds of Winter.[1] Game of Thrones composer Ramin Djawadi is returning to compose the music of House of the Dragon.[3] On 11 July 2021, the Academy and Emmy award-winning visual effects company Pixomondo announced that they were working on the show.[4] Pixomondo has previously worked on Game of Thrones.


On his podcast "The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of", Ryan Condal revealed that three named Valyrian steel swords from the books have been made for the first series of the show,[5] including the two Targaryen blades Blackfyre and Dark Sister.[6]

On 5 October 2021, HBO released the first official teaser.[7] In February 2022, HBO confirmed that House of the Dragon had finished production.[8] An official teaser trailer was released on 5 May 2022.[9]

Starting mid July 2022, a month ahead of the premiere, several promotion materials were released by HBO:

  • Several behind the scene teasers titled "A New Reign",[10] "Returning to Westeros",[11] "Before the Dance: An Illustrated History with George R.R. Martin",[12] "Height of an Empire",[13] "Noble Houses",[14] and "George R.R. Martin On Dragons & Their Magic".[15]
  • The official trailer[16] and its extended version.[17]

The "House of the Dragon: DracARys" app was launched on July 20.[18] House of the Dragon also had a pannel at the San Diego Comic-Con on July 23 2022 moderated by Jason Concepcion. The panelists included George R. R. Martin (author/producer), Ryan Condal (co-showrunner/writer) and several members of the cast; Paddy Considine, Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best, Fabien Frankel, Milly Alcock, and Emily Carey. Miguel Sapochnik (co-showrunner/director) was also scheduled to be on that panel but was sick and had to cancel.[19]

The world premiere took place at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles on the 27th July 2022.[20]

On the 26th August 2022, five days after the pilot aired, House of the Dragon is officially renewed for a second season.[21]

Cast and characters

Filming locations

The first season of House of the Dragon is being filmed in the United Kingdom and Spain.[22] Filming began on April 5th 2021 in London, at Leavesden Studios,[23] as well as the island castle of St. Michael's Mount in Cornwall.[24]


In January 2020, HBO President of Programming Casey Bloys guessed that House of the Dragon would premiere sometime in 2022.[25] This was later confirmed in the first teaser.[7] The premiere date was later revealed to be August 21, 2022.[16]

Title sequence

The title sequence for House of the Dragon is first revealed at the beginning of the second episode of the series, The Rogue Prince. It is similar in style as the one created for the series' predecessor, Game of Thrones, and it uses the same music. The sequence depicts a three-dimensional model of Old Valyria similar to the one King Viserys I Targaryen has in his royal appartement in the series. As the camera swoops across the Valyrian city, it focuses on different gears that are connected by blood running down the model. The blood retraces the history and bloodline of House Targaryen, starting with the Doom of Valyria, then linking the different members of the family from Aegon the Conqueror to Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen. Meanwhile, the names of the principal cast and creative staff are displayed. The sequence concludes after about one-and-a-half minutes with the opening credits indicating the episode's writers and directors.[26] The title sequence changes slighty when new characters are born or married into the Targaryen bloodline.[27] The following characters have been represented in the title sequence:

Aegon the Conqueror's bloodline

Rhaenyra's bloodline

Alicent's bloodline

Daemon's bloodline

Corlys's bloodline

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Not A Blog: "The Dragons Take Wing" (October 30, 2019)
  2. The Hollywood Reporter: Inside 'House of the Dragon': The Epic Mission to Make the Next 'Game of Thrones' (July 19, 2022)
  3. Winter Is Coming: "Game of Thrones composer Ramin Djawadi working on House of the Dragon" (February 1, 2021)
  5. The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of, "Movie Swords!"
  6. The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of, "George R. R. Martin (Creator of Game of Thrones)"
  7. 7.0 7.1 Official teaser
  8. Deadline: "HBO Gives Spinoffs Update As It Plots Launch Plans For House Of The Dragon" (February 16, 2022)
  9. Official teaser trailer
  10. A New Reign teaser
  11. Returning to Westeros teaser
  12. Before the Dance teaser
  13. Height of an Empire teaser
  14. Noble Houses teaser
  15. Dragons & Their Magic teaser
  16. 16.0 16.1 Official Trailer
  17. Comic-Con Extended Trailer
  18. HOTD: DracARys App Commercial
  19. San Diego Comic-Con 2022 schedule
  20. Variety: 'House of the Dragon' at the Academy Museum (Jul 27, 2022)
  21. The Hollywood Reporter: 'House of the Dragon' Renewed for Season 2 by HBO (August 26, 2022)
  22. Redanian Intelligence: HBO's Game of Thrones Prequel House of the Dragon is looking for two female leads
  23. The Illuminerdi, "House of the Dragon Start Date Revealed"
  24. Winter Is Coming: House of the Dragon films at Driftmark, seat of House Velaryon
  25. Deadline, "Game of Thrones Prequel House of the Dragon to Launch in 2022", January 15, 2020
  26. House of the Dragon, Season 1, "The Rogue Prince".
  27. House of the Dragon, Season 1, "The Princess and the Queen".