Syfy writer Josh Weiss recently published an article discussing the new House of Dragons updates that have been released to the public—to be specific, we now know four of the actors that have been cast in the series.
This Game of Thrones prequel will take place during the civil war that House Targaryen took part in—the one that came to be known as “The Dance of Dragons,” according to Weiss. The anticipated series is tentatively set to air in 2022, but time will tell if the pandemic or other outlying factors impact its release date.
Now, fans know that Steve Toussaint has been cast as Corlys Velaryon, Eve Best has been cast as Princess Rhaenys Velaryon, Rhys Ifans will play Otto Hightower, Sonoya Mizuno will play Mysaria. These are some great choices for the Game of Thrones prequel. These are four of the more prominent roles in the series, but we will, no doubt, learn about more actors joining the cast in the coming months as well.
In this series, we will get to learn what happened during the Dance of Dragons, and without a doubt, we’ll also get to see some more dragons. And what can beat that?
January 16th is Appreciate a Dragon Day! Dragons are one of the oldest and most widespread mythological creatures and for good reason. Our scaley serpentine friends are a fun addition to any fantasy story. And whether they be ferocious or tame, we love them all the same. Here are a few of our favorite fire breathing buddies from literature.
From Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin, The most vicious of Daenerys Targaryen’s three dragons, putting them at the top of this list.
From Harry Potter and the Philosopher/Sorcerer’s Stoneby J.K. Rowling. Hatched by everyone’s favorite groundskeeper Hagrid from an egg he got off a stranger. Norbert is a Norwegian Ridgeback, later renamed Noberta when the discovery is made that the tiny dragon is female. Harry, Ron, and Hermione eventually have to help sneak the dragon off Hogwarts campus with the help of Ron’s dragon loving brother Charlie.
From The Hobbitby J.R.R Tolkein. The dragon who slaughtered and invaded the Dwarf kingdom of Erebor and now guards the gold inside the mountain.
From Eragon by Christopher Paolini, the first book in The Inheritance Cycleseries. She is the last living female dragon in all of Alagaësia. She is wise, brave, and protective of her friend and ally, the human Eragon.
From How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell. Did you know the beloved movie franchise has over twelve books to go with it? Now you do! Meaning there’s even more feisty, flighty, Toothless to enjoy.
From The Heros of Olympusby Rick Riordan, found and restored in The Lost Hero by Leo Valdez. He may be a machine dragon, but as a protector of Camp Half-Blood, we love him all the same.
From The Last Dragon Chronicles by Chris D’Lacey. He is the main protagonist David’s clay dragon that helps him write, and often carries around a notebook and pencil.
From The Paper Bag Princessby Robert Munsch. By now we all know the story of the princess who gets kidnapped by a dragon and must be saved by the prince, but this children’s book does things a little differently. Instead, the dragon kidnaps Prince Ronald and it’s up to Princess Elizabeth to save him.
Who else was absolutely fascinated with the Targaryen family and their history? If you loved George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood, then you have a television series based on that book to look forward to! HBO recently announced the new Game of Thronestelevision prequel series: House of Dragon.
House of Dragon takes place 300 years prior to the events of A Game of Thrones. This will tell us the story of the Targaryen family–elaborating on the history that we have learned by following Daenerys’ journey from Essos, to across the sea, to Westoros and beyond. Though Dany will likely not play a role in this prequel series, it’ll be exciting to watch how her ancestors interacted with the world around them!
Martin Condal and Ryan Condal are co-creators for this new series. Paddy Considine will star as King Viserys Targaryen, Olivia Cooke will play Alicent Hightower, Emma D’Arcy will be Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, and the one and only Matt Smith will play Prince Daemon Targaryen. We have quite the cast of actors and actresses lending their talents to this series!
Though we don’t have a premiere date just yet, this announcement in and of itself is quite exciting!