‘House of the Dragon’ Deleted Scene Shows Secret Kingsguard Ceremony

Missing your Sunday night ritual yet? See these photos that reveal a deleted scene of a top-secret Kingsguard ceremony in ‘House of the Dragon’ season one.

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Sundays just don’t feel the same without HBO’s House of the Dragon. Since we are all missing it, let’s have a look at photos published in the upcoming book House of the Dragon: Inside the Creation of a Targaryen Dynasty that reveals a deleted scene. You have to see this top-secret Kingsguard induction ceremony!

These photos are just what we need to satisfy that deep pit we all have in our hearts now that House of the Dragon is over. Featuring Paddy Considine, Fabien Frankel, and Graham McTavish, this photo offers a look at a top-secret Kingsguard ceremony we didn’t get to see.

Entertainment Weekly provided an exclusive look at the photos from the upcoming book House of the Dragon: Inside the Creation of a Targaryen Dynasty.

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House of the Dragon: Inside the Creation of a Targaryen Dynasty, the officially licensed making-of book written by author Gina McIntyre for publisher Insight Editions. Two pages showcase images from a scene that was filmed for the series but later scrapped: the top-secret Kingsguard induction ceremony.”

— Entertainment Weekly

Kingsguard Secret Induction Ceremony

This scene would have been a part of episode two, “The Rogue Prince,” had it not been scrapped. The scene showed the induction ceremony of Rhaenyra’s pick, Ser Criston Cole (Fabien Frankel).

In an Entertainment Weekly exclusive excerpt, show runner Ryan Condal shared,

“Choosing your Kingsguard, your bodyguard, is very important, but it’s indicative of this time period — where they haven’t seen a war in over half a century — that Viserys just fobs off this really important choice to his daughter to try to give her something to do to make her feel like she has weight and significance. It’s a story of small choices that lead to big things. She picks Criston Cole, who later becomes the reason she nearly gets disinherited, and becomes one of her worst enemies.”

— Ryan Condal, Entertainment Weekly

Due to scheduling and budget, the scene couldn’t come out the way they wanted. Condal explains the scene was cut because, “It felt tonally wrong to include a ‘win’ for Rhaenyra before Dragonstone.”

Read the full Entertainment Weekly interview here.

House of the Dragon: Inside the Creation of a Targaryen Dynasty

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This new release explores the events that led to the fall of Westeros’s most powerful family— The Targaryens. The book had extensive access to the show’s cast and crew, including Condal, Sapochnik, and Martin. It allows us to get a detailed look at the journey the show takes us on. From script-writing to the phenomenal shots, this book offers House of the Dragon fans everything they could want in a behind-the-scenes. The book offers:

  • EXCLUSIVE ACCESS: Go behind the scenes of House of the Dragon and discover exclusive insights and secrets from the show’s ambitious shoot.
  • REVEALING INTERVIEWS: Go behind the scenes of House of the Dragon through in-depth interviews with showrunners Ryan Condal and Miguel Sapochnik, creator George R. R. Martin, and the incredible cast including Matt Smith, Paddy Considine, Emma D’Arcy, Olivia Cooke, Milly Alcock, and Emily Carey.
  • STUNNING IMAGERY: Explore a treasure trove of never-before-seen images, including concept designs for the show’s dragons, locations, and costumes, plus candid on-set photos.

The new book hits the shelves January 31, 2023 for $60. Preorder your copy here.

Exclusive look and images credit of Entertainment Weekly. Catch up on season one of House of the Dragon here.

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