Every Question You Have About ‘House of the Dragon,’ Answered


In a nutshell:

House of the Dragon is a Game of Thrones prequel set 200 years before the events of the blockbuster HBO series and inspired by the Targaryen dynasty.

Who’s writing and directing House of the Dragon?

Miguel Sapochnik, who directed many of Game of Thrones’s most epic battle scenes, and Colony’s Ryan Condal are acting as showrunners for the program, with George R. R. Martin overseeing the scripts. Helping the fantasy author to build out Condal’s pilot? Writers Wes Tooke, Claire Kiechel (who recently worked on Watchmen), and Ti Mekkel. Other directors helming particular episodes include Clare Kilner (The Alienist), Emmy-winner Greg Yaitanes (House), and Geeta V. Patel (The Great).

What will the House of the Dragon costumes be like?

Particularly in the latter seasons, clothes were integral to the development of Westeros’s female leaders thanks to costume designer Michele Clapton. Jany Temime, who took care of the wardrobe for the Harry Potter films as well as several movies in the James Bond franchise, is responsible for the costuming in the prequel—posting an image on set at Leavesden Studios in Watford earlier this year. The first teaser, below, gives a sense of the way in which different noble houses’ insignias will be worked into the clothes, as well as the ice-blonde Targaryen wigs.

Olivia Cooke and Rhys Ifans will star as the Hightowers.
Photo: Ollie Upton/HBO

Is the plot of House of the Dragon inspired by a book?

House of the Dragon is reportedly based on George R. R. Martin’s Fire and Blood, which traces the Targaryen dynasty’s conquest of the Seven Kingdoms. As a reminder, the Targaryens originally lived within the Valyrian freehold, a civilization that spanned much of Essos, the continent east of Westeros, for thousands of years. When a series of natural disasters known as the Doom destroyed Valyria, the Targaryens fled to the island of Dragonstone (where Daenerys Targaryen memorably establishes her war council in the penultimate season of Game of Thrones).

Cut to the rule of Aegon I—also known as Aegon the Conqueror, rider of Balerion the Dread—and the Targaryens set about conquering Westeros, forging the Iron Throne in King’s Landing. Several generations of incestuous Targaryen marriages later, though, King Viserys I attempted to name his daughter with his first wife, Princess Rhaenyra, as his heir, triggering dissent in court and ultimately giving rise to the Dance of Dragons, a bloody civil war. Given what we’ve learned about the characters in the House of the Dragon thus far, it’s likely that this conflict will be at the heart of the plot.

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