House of the Dragon

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House of the Dragon
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Genre Medieval fantasy
Format Serial drama
Created by Ryan Condal
George R. R. Martin
Developed by Ryan Condal
Miguel Sapochnik
Written by Ryan Condal
Wes Tooke
Claire Kiechel
Ti Mikkel
Sara Hess
Charmaine DeGraté
Gabe Fonseca
Ira Parker
Kevin Lau
Eileen Shim
Directed by Miguel Sapochnik
Greg Yaitanes
Clare Kilner
Geeta V. Patel
Starring Paddy Considine
Matt Smith
Olivia Cooke
Emma D'Arcy
Steve Toussaint
Eve Best
Sonoya Mizuno
Rhys Ifans
Fabien Frankel
Composer(s) Ramin Djawadi[1]
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10
Executive producer(s) George R. R. Martin
Casey Bloys
Ryan Condal
Miguel Sapochnik
Vince Gerardis
Sara Hess
Ron Schmidt
Jocelyn Diaz
Ira Parker
Greg Yaitanes
David Hancock
Editor(s) Tim Porter
Crispin Green
  • United Kingdom
    • Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden
    • Cornwall
  • Spain
    • Cáceres
  • United States
    • California
  • Portugal
    • Monsanto
Cinematography Fabian Wagner
Pepe Avila del Pino
Alejandro Martínez
Catherine Goldschmidt
Camera setup Steve Weightman
Jack Parry
Running time 54-68 minutes
Production company(s) HBO
Cross Plains Productions
Bastard Sword
Warner Bros. Pictures
Distributor HBO Films
Original channel HBO, HBO Max
Picture format 2:1 (4K UHD)
Audio format Dolby Atmos (HBO Max)
Dolby Digital
First shown in United States
Original run August 21, 2022 – October 23, 2022
Related shows Game of Thrones
External links House of the Dragon
Production website

House of the Dragon, also marketed as Game of Thrones: House of the Dragon, is an upcoming American medieval fantasy television series developed by HBO. It is a prequel to Game of Thrones.


House of the Dragon takes place two centuries before the War of the Five Kings, focusing on the Dance of the Dragons. The show is based on George R. R. Martin's Fire & Blood, along with the novella The Princess and the Queen and the novelette The Rogue Prince.[2]


Conception and development

House of the Dragon, then titled The Dance of the Dragons, was first pitched by George R. R. Martin in the summer of 2016, when he was still writing Fire & Blood.[2] It was initially helmed by Carly Wray and then by Bryan Cogman.[3] House of the Dragon was greenlit in October 2019 and has received a 10-episode straight-to-series order by HBO, who have hired Miguel Sapochnik to direct the pilot episode and additional episodes. In addition to Sapochnik, Ryan Condal will serve as co-showrunner. George R. R. Martin, Vince Gerardis, and Casey Bloys have been attached as executive producers, and Wes Tooke, Claire Kiechel, Ti Mikkel, Sara Hess, and Charmaine DeGraté as writers. Although Martin has expressed interest in writing an episode, he wishes to first finish The Winds of Winter.[2] Game of Thrones composer Ramin Djawadi is returning to compose the music of House of the Dragon.[1] On 11 July 2021, the Academy and Emmy award-winning visual effects company Pixomondo announced that they were working on the show.[4] Pixomondo has previously worked on Game of Thrones.


On his podcast "The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of", Ryan Condal revealed that three named Valyrian steel swords from the books have been made for the first series of the show,[5] including the two Targaryen blades Blackfyre and Dark Sister.[6]

On 5 October 2021, HBO released the first official teaser.[7] In February 2022, HBO confirmed that House of the Dragon had finished production.[8] An official teaser trailer was released on 5 May 2022.[9]

Starting mid July 2022, a month ahead of the premiere, several promotion materials were released by HBO:

  • Several behind the scene teasers titled "A New Reign",[10] "Returning to Westeros",[11] "Before the Dance: An Illustrated History with George R.R. Martin",[12] and "Height of an Empire"[13]
  • The official trailer[14] and its extended version.[15]

The "House of the Dragon: DracARys" app was launched on July 20.[16] House of the Dragon also had a pannel at the San Diego Comic-Con on July 23 2022 moderated by Jason Concepcion. The panelists included George R. R. Martin (author/producer), Ryan Condal (co-showrunner/writer) and several members of the cast; Paddy Considine, Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best, Fabien Frankel, Milly Alcock, and Emily Carey. Miguel Sapochnik (co-showrunner/director) was also scheduled to be on that panel but was sick and had to cancel.[17]

The world premiere took place at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles on the 27th July 2022.[18]

Cast and characters

As of March 2022, the following cast members have been officially confirmed.[19]


Additional cast

Filming locations

The first season of House of the Dragon is being filmed in the United Kingdom and Spain.[20] Filming began on April 5th 2021 in London, at Leavesden Studios,[21] as well as the island castle of St. Michael's Mount in Cornwall.[22]


In January 2020, HBO President of Programming Casey Bloys guessed that House of the Dragon would premiere sometime in 2022.[23] This was later confirmed in the first teaser.[7] The premiere date was later revealed to be August 21, 2022.[14]

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