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House of the Dragon: First Trailer Released for the Game of Thrones Prequel

HBO has released the first trailer for House of the Dragon, the Game of Thrones prequel arriving in 2022.

The trailer doesn’t reveal too much, but shows us a series of images of Targaryen family members – the core of the new show – as well as a mantra of sorts: “Gods, kings, fire, and blood. Dreams didn’t make us kings – dragons did.” Of course, along the way we see the Iron Throne, jousts, sword fights, lots of bright white hair (the Targaryen trademark), and just the hint of a dragon.

Set around 200 years before the original series, the show will tell the story of House Targaryen, the line of kings that ruled Westeros before Robert Barratheon took the throne and, eventually, kicked off the events of Game of Thrones.

The show features a star-studded cast, including Paddy Considine as King Viserys Targaryen, Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen, Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, and Rhys Ifans as Otto Hightower. Co-created by George R.R. Martin and Colony’s Ryan Condal and from executive producer and director Miguel Sapochnik (who directed many iconic Game of Thrones episodes including “The Battle of the Bastards” and “The Long Night”), House of the Dragon will air on HBO and HBO Max.

We recently got our first look at images of the main cast members. The show, which is part of a wider deal between HBO and author George R.R. Martin, is one of several Game of Thrones series in the works. Currently, HBO is working on multiple live action series, and is also working on animated spin-offs set in the universe.

We still don’t have a concrete premiere date for House of the Dragon, but it’s due to drop in 2022.

Joe Skrebels is IGN’s Executive Editor of News. Follow him on Twitter. Have a tip for us? Want to discuss a possible story? Please send an email to

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