HBO announces release date for Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon!

New York, New York - HBO has finally announced the release date for House of the Dragon, the prequel to its show Game of Thrones!

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones.
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones.  © IMAGO / ZUMA Press

HBO Max revealed a new teaser poster on Twitter with the release date of August 21, along with new screenshots of the series which have been shared on the official The House of the Dragon Twitter account.

The 10 episode first season of the series will be based on the book Fire & Blood by George R.R. Martin, author and creator of Game of Thrones.

House of the Dragon will take place 200 years before its predecessor, and explores how House Targaryen fell into a civil war called the Dance of the Dragons.

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Lizzo Lizzo plays 200-year-old crystal flute owned by James Madison at DC concert

In October 2021, HBO Max released a trailer for the show, and in February, via his personal blog, Martin had announced that "shooting has wrapped" for the first season.

"I have seen rough cuts of a few of them, and I’m loving them. Of course, a lot more work needs to be done," Martin explained.

He added that "the writing, the directing, the acting all look terrific," and added that he hoped fans "will like them as much as I do."

Martin also praised the actors and producers, saying: "My hat is off to Ryan and Miguel and their team, and to our amazing cast."

The series' cast includes Paddy Considine, Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best, Sonoya Mizuno, Fabien Frankel, and Rhys Ifans.

After what many have argued was a disappointing ending to Game of Thrones, this new spin-off may be the redemption the series needs.

Cover photo: IMAGO / ZUMA Press

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