Emma D’Arcy and Matt Smith in House of the Dragon.
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- HBO has released the first teaser for its Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon.
- The series will chronicle the fall of the House of Targaryen when dragons still roamed Westeros in bigger numbers before their virtual extinction.
- Matt Smith appears as dragonrider Prince Daemon Targaryen in the clip.
HBO has unveiled the first teaser footage of its Game of Thrones prequel spin-off series, House of the Dragon, coming to its HBO Max video streaming service in 2022.
“Gods, kings, fire and blood. Dreams didn’t make us kings. Dragons did,” says a voiceover in the first teaser for the 10-episode show.
The prequel series will chronicle the fall of the House of Targaryen when dragons still roamed Westeros in bigger numbers before their virtual extinction during the time of Game of Thrones and the family politics and drama – basically a family civil war – that became known as the legendary “Dance of the Dragons”.
Matt Smith appears as dragonrider Prince Daemon Targaryen in the first teaser for the series that takes place 200 years before Game of Thrones.
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HBO Max also announced further cast additions for the series, with Wil Johnson as Ser Vaemond Velaryon, John Macmillan as Ser Laenor Velaryon, Savannah Steyn as Lady Laena Velayron, and Theo Nate as Ser Laenor Velaryon.
House of the Dragon will be released at an unspecified date in December 2022. The teaser was released as part of a promotional effort by WarnerMedia that plans to roll out HBO Max in Europe at a virtual launch event on Tuesday.
It’s not yet clear whether MultiChoice’s M-Net or Showmax in South Africa might be able to acquire House of the Dragon like it did Game of Thrones.
Neither Christina Sulebakk, general manager for HBO Max for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) regions, nor Priya Dogra, president of WarnerMedia International, have so far announced any specific launch date for HBO Max in sub-Saharan Africa.
Johannes Larcher, WarnerMedia’s head of HBO Max International, said that HBO Max plans to be available in 190 countries by 2026.