The wait for the much-anticipated prequel is almost over: HBO has announced the debut date for the Game of Thrones prequel from George R.R. Martin, Ryan Condal and Miguel Sapochnik. It will premiere Aug. 21.
House of the Dragon stars Paddy Considine, Olivia Cooke, Matt Smith, Emma D’Arcy, Fabien Frankel. Rhys Ifans, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best and Sonoya Mizuno. Based on Martin’s Fire & Blood, the series takes place 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones. It focuses on the House Targaryen. Considine plays King Viserys Targaryen.
Production on the prequel that was ordered straight to series started in April in 2021. House of the Dragon was co-created by Martin and Condal, who wrote the pilot script. Condal serves as co-showrunner alongside GoT alum Miguel Sapochnik, who will direct the pilot and additional episodes. The production team also includes executive producer/writer, Sara Hess; executive producers Jocelyn Diaz, Vince Gerardis, Ron Schmidt; Directors Clare Kilner, Geeta V. Patel; and director/co-executive producer Greg Yaitanes.
Interestingly, House of the Dragon will debut ahead of that other big budget fantasy series that’s in the works — Prime Video’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. The streamer already announce that its upcoming J.R.R. Tolkien adaptation is coming Sept. 2.
Along with the premiere date, House of the Dragon also released a tease poster, which you can see below, as well as new images.