HBO has just sent Game of Thrones fans the greatest gift: the first images from the highly awaited prequel series House of the Dragon.
On Wednesday, the network released three photos of the cast in character and on stage. Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen is played by Emma D’Arcy, Prince Daemon Targaryen is played by Matt Smith, Alicent Hightower is played by Olivia Cooke, Otto Hightower is played by Rhys Ifans, and Lord Corlys Velaryon is played by Steve Toussaint.
Eve Best, Paddy Considine, Fabien Frankel, and Sonoya Mizuno round out the cast.
D’Arcy’s persona Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen is the king’s firstborn daughter and a Valyrian dragon rider. Smith’s Prince Daemon Targaryen is a warrior and dragon rider who shares the true blood of the dragon. He is the younger brother of King Viserys and the successor to the throne.
Lord Corlys Velaryon — a.k.a. the Sea Snake — is the Lord of House Velaryon, while Toussaint’s Lord Corlys Velaryon is the Lord of House Velaryon. According to HBO, “As the Sea Snake, Westeros’ most popular nautical explorer, Lord Corlys built his house into a strong seat that is even richer than the Lannisters and claims the world’s largest navy.”
HBO announced last month that development on the HBO Max series had begun via the House of the Dragon’s Twitter account. The tweet, which included a picture of the cast during a table read, read, “Fire will reign.” “The @HBO original series #HouseoftheDragon has begun filming. In 2022, @HBOMax will premiere.”