Say what you will about the way Game of Thrones ended, but whether you loved it or still feel jaded about how things went down, it’s hard not to get excited for the upcoming prequel, House of the Dragon. The spinoff takes place a few hundred years before the events which kicked off Game of Thrones when the series first began and it is based on the book Fire and Blood.
You can expect some major Targaryen vibes, complete with the signature white hair and cringy incest. It's the first HBO-supported spinoff to actually have some meat to it, however, and fans likely want to know what the House of the Dragon release date is. But let’s face it — anything involving George R.R. Martin and Game of Thrones can’t come soon enough.
What is the House of the Dragon release date?
Right now, the House of the Dragon premiere is still far off. There hasn't been an official announcement as to when HBO will premiere the series and because the show is still in its infancy, Game of Thrones fans can expect more details to be released in the coming year. But right now, it probably won't be ready to premiere until 2021 at the earliest.
HBO did announce, however, that House of the Dragon Season 1 will be 10 episodes long, so at the very least, there will be enough time to set the tone for the new series. And with George at its helm, it’s hard to imagine a show from the Game of Thrones universe that doesn’t win over fans almost immediately.
What will House of the Dragon be about?
So far, there haven’t been many details released about the spinoff's plot. If you’re looking for the closest thing to a play by play, however, you can refer to George’s companion book Fire and Blood, which chronicles the entire history of House Targaryen. A lot of the family’s history was hinted at throughout Game of Thrones, but House of the Dragon takes place 300 years before the original series began.
The new show could focus on how the Targaryens took over Westeros with their fleet of dragons and united the Seven Kingdoms. There might also be some cursory mentions of other important houses in Westeros, like the Lannisters and Starks, because in other ways, they are just as important to the history of Westeros as the Targaryens are.
Who will be in House of the Dragon?
Unfortunately, the cast is also unknown at this time. You won't see Emilia Clarke reprise her role as the dragon queen Daenerys Targaryen, first of her name, et cetera. But you might see other dragons who were known to be part of House Targaryen years before Daenerys’s hatched at Khal Drogo’s funeral pyre.
The last-known dragons were used by House Targaryen to take over Westeros 300 years before the War of the Five Kings, which began with Robert Baratheon’s death. Since House of the Dragon takes place 300 years before Game of Thrones, chances are, dragons will be an even bigger part of the series than ever before.
What about the other Game of Thrones prequel?
There was another Game of Thrones prequel in the works which was reported to star Naomi Watts and take place thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones, as opposed to hundreds. HBO scrapped plans for that prequel and has instead set its sights on House of the Dragon, going as far as to give the new prequel a green light for a full first season.
Fans might argue about which house on Game of Thrones is best or most important, but there’s no denying how important the Targaryens were before most of them died out and left behind Daenerys, Viserys, and the Targaryen bastard Jon Snow. It’s going to be a long wait before House of the Dragon premieres on HBO, but if it’s anything like its predecessor, the wait will be worth it.