Yesterday HBO released a gorgeous new trailer for house of the dragonit is imminent game of Thrones prequel series. And now we’re here to think about it in way too much detail to see if we can pull out any juicy info, or just ooh and ahh. I am easy.
I’ll tell you right away that my favorite thing about the trailer was those beautiful wide angle shots. We get some great landscapes and cityscapes here, including many views of King’s Landing as it was 200 years ago game of Thrones.
This domed building is the dragon pit that we visited game of Thrones when it was a ruin of no use. Here it houses the royal dragons, of which there are many.
King’s Landing was an important site in game of ThronesBut it will be the important location in house of the dragon. It’s good to see a little Council again, in this case contemplating who should be the heir to King Viserys I Targaryen (Paddy Considine):
Another great long shot; this looks like a tournament from the pilot episode:
One candidate to succeed King Viserys is Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith), his capricious younger brother:
But the one Viserys chooses is his only surviving child, Rhaenyra Targaryen, played by Milly Alcock as a young woman and Emma D’Arcy as an adult. She is seen here with Laenor Velaryon, to whom she is married as part of a political union, although they are related and he is gay. This could explain the frustration:
But don’t worry: Rhaenyra has other suitors. Here she is looking down on a young knight named Criston Cole (Fabien Frankel):
These two embark on a relationship, although you probably won’t be surprised to hear it doesn’t end well; that is a game of Thrones Sequel show, anyway.
Much has been made of the new Iron Throne in this series. It’s basically the same, but back then there are a lot more blades pushed around the edges, giving it a more menacing look.
The people around him are also dangerous. Here is Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, Ser Harrold Westerling (Graham McTavish), handing over the business to Daemon, who has angered his brother the King. He does that very often.
Again, I love these wide-angle shots. Here Daemon Targaryen confronts some of his many, many Enemies on what I believe to be Dragonstone. I love the light through the mist in the air.
Two words: angry horse.
Here’s a look at Rhaenyra as an adult, played by D’Arcy. Standing behind her is her former boyfriend and current rival, Alicent Hightower (Olivia Cooke), who married her father and now has a son whom she would rather ascend to the Iron Throne than Rhaenyra.
We also get a glimpse of the adult version of one of Alicent’s sons of the king: Aemond Targaryen (Ewan Mitchell). I hope the show does well enough to have multiple seasons because Aemond does some crazy shit.
For a show called house of the dragon, the trailer hasn’t shown us many dragons yet. Let’s change this: