Game of Thrones fans got an unexpected treat Wednesday morning after HBO unveiled the first-look at its upcoming prequel series House of the Dragon.
George R.R. Martin, Ryan Condal and Miguel Sapochnik’s epic will debut sometime next year and features Paddy Considine (King Viserys Targaryen), Olivia Cooke, Matt Smith, Emma D’Arcy, Rhys Ifans, and Steve Toussaint.
Based on Martin’s Fire & Blood, the series is set 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones and tells the story of House Targaryen. The show recently began production and will debut in 2022.
The first-look pics feature Smith (Prince Daemon Targaryen) and D’Arcy (Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen), Toussaint (Lord Corlys Velaryon, a.k.a. The Sea Snake), and Cooke (Alicent Hightower) and Ifans (Otto Hightower).
Smith’s character is described as “a peerless warrior and a dragonrider” who “possesses the true blood of the dragon,” while D’Arcy’s Rhaenyra is characterized as a woman who was “born with everything … but she was not born a man.”
Toussaint’s “Sea Snake” is dubbed as “the most famed nautical adventurer in the history of Westeros.”
Ifans joins the cast as Otto Hightower, described as a faithful servant to the king and his realm, with his daughter possessing “both a courtly grace and a keen political acumen.”
The 10-episode series is just one of several Game of Thrones-related projects in the works.
Variety reported earlier this year that three more spinoffs are being planned, including one centring on Toussaint’s Velaryon.
The other two, Flea Bottom and 10,000 Ships, would expand on the world of Game of Thrones with stories taking place in the poorest district of King’s Landing and revolving around Princess Nymeria, who married Lord Mors Martell.
A Naomi Watts-led spinoff was greenlit, but was cancelled after a poorly-received pilot episode was shot in 2019.
In Canada, House of the Dragon will air exclusively on Crave.