Bow down to your new dragon masters.
Well, the new series focuses on "Mother of Dragons" Daenerys Targaryen's ancestors from House Targaryen. The series takes place hundreds of years before the events of Game of Thrones, which ended in 2019. Of course, there are more than just Targaryens in King's Landing, as other prominent families find themselves looking to make powerful alliances. It is a Game of Thrones prequel after all.
Thankfully the cast—which includes Matt Smith, Paddy Considine, Olivia Cooke, Emma D'Arcy, Fabien Frankel, Steve Toussaint and Eve Best—gave a break down for these new Westeros players during their appearance at Comic-Con 2022 on July 23. Also in attendance: George R.R. Martin, the show's co-creator and author of the 2018 novel Fire & Blood that inspired the series and which depicts the history of House Targaryen. The family was first introduced in his A Song of Ice and Fire novels, on which Game of Thrones was based.
Martin said at the Comic-Con panel that there's no defined hero or villain in House of the Dragon, adding, "There's certainly evil."
Cooke, who plays Alicent Hightower, daughter of the Hand of the King, said there is a "massive pressure that we feel to give you guys what you want but also make it different and put our own stamp on it." She added, "I just hope you like it."
See the cast in and out of costume and find out more about their characters:
House of the Dragon has been nominated for Most Anticipated New Show at the 202 TV Scoop Awards. You can vote here.
(A version of this story was originally published July 23, 2022 at 3:22 p.m. PT)