'House of the Dragon' First Look — and George R.R. Martin — Confirm the Prequel Will Include Some of 'Game of Thrones' Most Infamous Plotlines

HBO has dropped the official full-length House of the Dragon teaser trailer, and it promises another epic power struggle. The Game of Thrones prequel is set approximately two centuries before the original series, and it will tell the story of the Dance of the Dragons — a bloody civil war among House Targaryen. According to both the trailer and author George R. R. Martin, the prequel will include some of Game of Thrones most infamous plotlines.

‘House of the Dragon’ will have a fight for the Iron Throne and, of course, dragons

The official House of the Dragon teaser trailer from HBO has given fans an idea of what to expect when the 10-episode series — based on Martin’s book Fire & Blood — premieres this summer. The one-and-a-half minute clip is loaded with action, and it begins with a voiceover from Matt Smith’s Daemon Targaryen.

“What is this brief, mortal life, if not the pursuit of legacy?” Smith says.

Later, one of the most infamous plotlines from Game of Thrones appears when Princess Rhaenyra (Emmy D’Arcy) brings up the fight for the Iron Throne.

“Men would sooner put the realm to the torch than see a woman ascend the Iron Throne,” Rhaenyra says.

After a montage of dramatic scenes — which include a fire-breathing dragon — the trailer closes with the narrator saying, “History does not remember blood, it remembers names.”

George R. R. Martin confirms the prequel will have another infamous ‘Game of Thrones’ plotline

Martin has shared on his blog earlier this year that he has seen rough cuts of a few episodes and he’s “loving them.” The author added that “the writing, the directing, the acting all look terrific.”

The story will be all about the ancestors of Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), which means another infamous Game of Thrones plotline will be part of the prequel — incest.

But, instead of sibling incest like Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Cersei Lannister (Leana Headey), the prequel will feature a relationship between an uncle and niece – Daemon and Rhaenyra.

‘House of the Dragon’ showrunner promises to ‘pay homage’ to ‘Game of Thrones’

House of the Dragon showrunner Miguel Sapochnik says that the prequel will have its own tone, which will evolve and emerge over the course of the show. But first, he says they will “pay homage” to Game of Thrones in a few ways.

“I think we were very respectful of what the original show is. It wasn’t broken, so we’re not trying to reinvent the wheel,” Sapochnik told The Hollywood Reporter.

“It’s very important to pay respects and homage to the original series, which was pretty groundbreaking. We’re standing on the shoulders of that show and we’re only here because of that show. So the most important thing for us to do is to respect that show as much as possible and try and complement it rather than reinvent it. “

House of the Dragon premieres Sunday, August 21 on HBO. All eight seasons of Game of Thrones are now playing on HBO Max.

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