The upcoming prequel to HBO’s “Game of Thrones” will explore the origins of the Targaryen dynasty, the cast and creators told fans in San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday.
“Dragon House,,” which debuts Aug. 21, takes place 200 years before the events of “Game of Thrones,” a medieval fantasy series that became a global phenomenon during its eight-season run that ended in 2019.
The new 10-episode series tells the story of a “generational war” between the Targaryens, executive producer Ryan Condal said.
“It starts at the absolute pinnacle of the dynasty, the height of their power, wealth and influence. They have the most dragons they will ever have,” said Kondal. “It is just before the rose begins to bloom.”
Paddy Considine plays King Viserys Targaryen, whom the actor described as “a good-tempered man and a gentle man, trying to keep the time of peace within the realm.”
“Doctor Who” star Matt Smith plays Prince Daemon Targaryen, the king’s younger brother. The pair have “quite a complicated relationship,” Smith said. Emma D’Arcy plays Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, her father’s chosen heir.
Also in the family tree is Princess Rhaenys Velaryon (Eve Best), who passed for the throne.
“She should have been the queen,” Best said of the character. “It’s kind of annoying that it’s not. It’s also kind of annoying that people keep reminding her that she’s not.”
The new series is based on the book “Fire & Blood” by author George RR Martin. Martin, who had issues with parts of “Game of Thrones,” said he had seen nine of the “House of the Dragon” episodes and found them “pretty amazing.”
“These books, these characters, are like my children,” she said. “When you give your children to people for adoption, you wonder how they will treat them, will you recognize them?”
So far, “I’m really, really happy,” he said.
Comic-Con wraps up on Sunday.
(Reporting by Lisa Richwine)
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