Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Emma D'Arcy) talked with Prince Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith) in episode 1 of 'House of the Dragon'
Emma D’Arcy as "Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen" and Matt Smith as "Prince Daemon Targaryen" Photograph by Ollie Upton/HBO

Inspired by George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood novel, House of the Dragon follows the rise of House Targaryen. The Game of Thrones spinoff premieres on HBO and HBO Max on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2022. 

House of the Dragon is set 300 years before Game of Thrones begins. The series introduces audiences to King Viserys Targaryen, Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, Prince Daemon Targaryen, and many famed families of Westeros. Matt Smith, Emma D’Arcy, Paddy Considine, and Olivia Cooke star in the series created by Ryan J. Condal and Martin. 

HBO planned House of the Dragon as the second Game of Thrones prequel. After spending $30 million on the pilot, HBO chose not to move forward with the spinoff set 1,000 years before the events of Game of Thrones.


  • Debut year: 2022
  • Seasons: 1
  • Network: HBO
  • Starring: Paddy Considine, Emma D’Arcy, Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best, Fabien Frankel, Sonoya Mizuno, and Rhys Ifans
  • Filming locations: United Kingdom, Morocco, Croatia, United States, Spain, and Portugal
  • Where to watch: HBO and HBO Max

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