Unfortunately, if you have successfully forgotten the travesty of the final season of Game of Thrones, we have to remind you that it actually aired on television. Fortunately, HBO and George RR Martin, who wrote the Game of Thrones source material, are teaming up again with the show’s prequel spin-off, House of The Dragon – and here’s our first look at the cast of the show.
The show revolves around the power struggles of the Targaryen family, who were the ruling dynasty in Westeros for centuries. As such, the styling will stay true to Martin’s physical descriptions of the family in the book: the Targaryens, descended from the ancient mystical Valyrians, were known for silver hair and purple eyes in contrast to the darker hair of the native Westerosi. Although House of The Dragon takes place a few hundred years before King Robert’s migration north to Winterfell, the costume of the dragon family aesthetic is still very familiar. Here Emma D’Arcy (Truth Seeker) and Matt Smith (The Crown) portray Princess Rhaenyra and Prince Daemon respectively; Both are battle-hardened warriors and skilled dragon riders.
Steve Toussaint (Skins, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time) will play Corlys Velaryon, aka the Sea Serpent. He’s sure to become a fan favorite: The Sea Serpent is a famous seafarer who is a thorn in the side of the Targaryens – or, we should say, some of the Targaryens when he plans to take control of the Iron Throne with Prince Daemon.
If we’ve learned anything about wealthy families in Westeros, it is that they can’t leave alone well enough. A rival house, the Hightowers, are also trying to control the seven kingdoms. Olivia Cooke (Ready Player One) plays Alicent who becomes queen when she is married to King Viserys I. Her father Otto Hightower is played by Rhy Ifans (Notting Hill). Otto serves as the hand of the king and is considered a wise figure in the court, although he is as intriguing as anyone in this country.