House of the Dragon
|House of the Dragon|
George R. R. Martin
Miguel Sapochnik (season 1)
Geeta Vasant Patel
Alan Taylor (season 2)
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||10|
George R. R. Martin|
Ron Schmidt (season 1)
Jocelyn Diaz (season 1)
Melissa Bernstein (season 2)
Kevin de la Noy (season 2)
Loni Peristere (season 2)
Angus Moore Gordon
Alexis Raben (season 1)
Pepe Avila del Pino
|Running time||54-68 minutes|
Cross Plains Productions
Warner Bros. Pictures
1:26 Pictures Inc.
Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution
|Original channel||HBO, HBO Max|
|Picture format||2:1 (4K UHD)|
Dolby Atmos (HBO Max)|
|First shown in||United States|
|Original run||August 21, 2022 – October 23, 2022|
|Preceded by||Game of Thrones|
|Followed by||A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight|
|HBO.com: House of the Dragon|
House of the Dragon takes place two centuries before the War of the Five Kings, focusing on the Dance of the Dragons. The show is based on George R. R. Martin's Fire & Blood, along with the novella The Princess and the Queen and the novelette The Rogue Prince.
Conception and development
House of the Dragon, then titled The Dance of the Dragons, was first pitched by George R. R. Martin in the summer of 2016, when he was still writing Fire & Blood. It was initially helmed by Carly Wray and then by Bryan Cogman. House of the Dragon was greenlit in October 2019 and has received a 10-episode straight-to-series order by HBO, who have hired Miguel Sapochnik to direct the pilot episode and additional episodes. In addition to Sapochnik, Ryan Condal will serve as co-showrunner. George R. R. Martin, Vince Gerardis, and Casey Bloys have been attached as executive producers, and Wes Tooke, Claire Kiechel, Ti Mikkel, Sara Hess, and Charmaine DeGraté as writers. Although Martin has expressed interest in writing an episode, he wishes to first finish The Winds of Winter. Game of Thrones composer Ramin Djawadi is returning to compose the music of House of the Dragon. On 11 July 2021, the Academy and Emmy award-winning visual effects company Pixomondo announced that they were working on the show. Pixomondo has previously worked on Game of Thrones.
On his podcast "The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of", Ryan Condal revealed that three named Valyrian steel swords from the books have been made for the first series of the show, including the two Targaryen blades Blackfyre and Dark Sister.
On 5 October 2021, HBO released the first official teaser. In February 2022, HBO confirmed that House of the Dragon had finished production. An official teaser trailer was released on 5 May 2022.
Starting mid July 2022, a month ahead of the premiere, several promotion materials were released by HBO:
- Several behind the scene teasers titled "A New Reign", "Returning to Westeros", "Before the Dance: An Illustrated History with George R.R. Martin", "Height of an Empire", "Noble Houses", and "George R.R. Martin On Dragons & Their Magic".
- The official trailer and its extended version.
The "House of the Dragon: DracARys" app was launched on July 20. House of the Dragon also had a pannel at the San Diego Comic-Con on July 23 2022 moderated by Jason Concepcion. The panelists included George R. R. Martin (author/producer), Ryan Condal (co-showrunner/writer) and several members of the cast; Paddy Considine, Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best, Fabien Frankel, Milly Alcock, and Emily Carey. Miguel Sapochnik (co-showrunner/director) was also scheduled to be on that panel but was sick and had to cancel.
On the 26th August 2022, five days after the pilot aired, House of the Dragon is officially renewed for a second season.
Cast and characters
The first season of House of the Dragon is being filmed in the United Kingdom and Spain. Filming began on April 5th 2021 in London, at Leavesden Studios, as well as the island castle of St. Michael's Mount in Cornwall.
In January 2020, HBO President of Programming Casey Bloys guessed that House of the Dragon would premiere sometime in 2022. This was later confirmed in the first teaser. The premiere date was later revealed to be August 21, 2022.
The title sequence for House of the Dragon is first revealed at the beginning of the second episode of the series, The Rogue Prince. It is similar in style as the one created for the series' predecessor, Game of Thrones, and it uses the same music. The sequence depicts a three-dimensional model of Old Valyria similar to the one King Viserys I Targaryen has in his royal appartement in the series. As the camera swoops across the Valyrian city, it focuses on different gears that are connected by blood running down the model. The blood retraces the history and bloodline of House Targaryen, starting with the Doom of Valyria, then linking the different members of the family from Aegon the Conqueror to Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen. Meanwhile, the names of the principal cast and creative staff are displayed. The sequence concludes after about one-and-a-half minutes with the opening credits indicating the episode's writers and directors. The title sequence changes slighty when new characters are born or married into the Targaryen bloodline. The following characters have been represented in the title sequence:
Aegon the Conqueror's bloodline
- King Aegon I Targaryen, the Doom of Valyria and his iron and ruby crown.
- Queen Rhaenys Targaryen, a dragon with a scorpion bolt through its eye.
- King Viserys I Targaryen, Jaehaerys I's crown.
- Queen Aemma Arryn, the falcon of House Arryn.
- Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, her Valyrian steel necklace.
- Ser Harwin Strong, the three rivers of House Strong.
- Ser Otto Hightower, a Hand of the King pin.
- Queen Alicent Hightower, the Hightower of House Hightower with the Seven-Pointed Star of the Faith of the Seven.
- Prince Daemon Targaryen, his dragon winged helmet.
- Lord Corlys Velaryon, the seahorse of House Velaryon.
- Princess Rhaenys Targaryen, TBD.
- Lady Laena Velaryon, the braid of the ropes on her sarcophagus.
- House of the Dragon at HBO
- House of the Dragon at the Game of Thrones & House of the Dragon Wiki
- House of the Dragon at IMDB
- House of the Dragon at Wikipedia
- Not A Blog: "The Dragons Take Wing" (October 30, 2019)
- The Hollywood Reporter: Inside 'House of the Dragon': The Epic Mission to Make the Next 'Game of Thrones' (July 19, 2022)
- Winter Is Coming: "Game of Thrones composer Ramin Djawadi working on House of the Dragon" (February 1, 2021)
- The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of, "Movie Swords!"
- The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of, "George R. R. Martin (Creator of Game of Thrones)"
- Deadline: "HBO Gives Spinoffs Update As It Plots Launch Plans For House Of The Dragon" (February 16, 2022)
- A New Reign teaser
- Returning to Westeros teaser
- Before the Dance teaser
- Height of an Empire teaser
- Noble Houses teaser
- Dragons & Their Magic teaser
- Official Trailer
- Comic-Con Extended Trailer
- HOTD: DracARys App Commercial
- San Diego Comic-Con 2022 schedule
- Variety: 'House of the Dragon' at the Academy Museum (Jul 27, 2022)
- The Hollywood Reporter: 'House of the Dragon' Renewed for Season 2 by HBO (August 26, 2022)
- Redanian Intelligence: HBO's Game of Thrones Prequel House of the Dragon is looking for two female leads
- The Illuminerdi, "House of the Dragon Start Date Revealed"
- Winter Is Coming: House of the Dragon films at Driftmark, seat of House Velaryon
- Deadline, "Game of Thrones Prequel House of the Dragon to Launch in 2022", January 15, 2020
- House of the Dragon, Season 1, "The Rogue Prince".
- House of the Dragon, Season 1, "The Princess and the Queen".