“The story of the House Targaryen set 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones”

Directors: Miguel Sapochnik, Greg Yaitanes, Clare Kilner, Geeta Vasant Patel
Writers: Ryan J. Condal, George R.R. Martin, Sara Hess, Charmaine De Grate, Gabe Fonseca, Kevin Lau, Ira Parker, Eileen Shim
Staring: Paddy Considine, Oliva Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, Matt Smith, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best, Rhys Ifans
Release Date: August 21, 2022

The first House Of The Dragon (2022) dragon trailer dropped three weeks ago. It has over 12 millions views on the HBO Max YouTube channel. There is obviously still a massive hunger for what this fantasy world, and that genuinely is a bit shocking after the debacle of the conclusion that took place on Game Of Thrones. People have faith that they will return to the world of the Seven Kingdoms and not be disappointed. I suppose I am I am not as optimistic, and that is why it has taken me three weeks to get to this trailer.

I am approaching this series the same way I approached Game Of Thrones. I have little to no knowledge of the story in the books. I have very limited background knowledge on the characters or the environment. I am a muggle in this world of magic and dragons. I am going to be watching it and trying to understand just like the majority of viewers.

So what do we have in the first House Of The Dragon trailer? We what we appear to have is a version of family feud that is not settled with audience polling, but rather with dragons and political backstabbing. House Targaryen is at the greatest heights it has ever been, but there are members of the family that want more for themselves and their house. There is the turmoil within House Targaryen, but there are also new and familiar families and houses that are also closing in on the dragon-wielding iron throne sitters. There will be names that we have to remember…so turn on your closed captioning and study up on the story’s genealogy tree.

The trailer begins with a character by the name of Corlys Velaryon (Steve Toussaint) giving a voiceover about how the meaning of a short life’s true essence is the pursuit of legacy. We have a regal looking Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Emma D’Arcy) looking over the rocky ocean, while the with brief snippets of Prince Deamon Targaryen (Matt Smith) facing off against foes and a dragon circling the sky.

The House of Stark, Velaryon, and Baratheon all have a representative swearing to be loyal to King Viserys Targaryen (Paddy Considine), and to his named heir…the aforementioned Princess Rhaenyra. That is a bold choice for a king to have his heir be a woman, and also a dangerous one when you have someone of the disposition of Deamon looming in the dark shadows. A jealous man who seeks power he can not have is not a thing to juggle lightly, and so the drama of House Of The Dragon may heavily rely on the family squabbles that play out, both secretly and openly.

Princess Rhaenys Velaryon (Eve Best) warns Rhaenyra of this explicitly when she says: “Men would sooner put the realm to the torch, then see a woman ascend the Iron Throne.”

Alright, now start the super dramatic music.

Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans) has the line “We play an ugly game” and that is eerily reminiscent of Cersei Lanister’s “When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground.” Who is going to win this deadly game of political turmoil? Why do I have a sneaky feeling that no one will. Otto’s voiceover transitions to him leaning up against a wall saying “you have the determination to win it.” Who is he talking to? We do not know.

There is a new house in the mix with House Of The Dragon. House Velaryon and House Targaryen have a blossoming relationship. They see eye to eye during this time, and they often connect their bloodlines with marriages. We see at one point Princess Rhaenyra dancing with Lord Corlys Velaryon (Steve Toussaint), so there appears to be a romance there of some sort? Or at least a resemblance of trust. Based off some basic research, I notice how the Velaryon clan is known for their dominance at the sea; that is rather funny seeing how Daenerys Targaryen lost a dragon at sea by just being completely unaware of her surroundings.

“History does not remember blood. It remembers names.”

Lord Corlys Velaryon

That quote above is going to be a backbone for the season. Blood could me victories in battle, but in reality I think it means family. If I hypothesize, I think there are going to be families that are torn apart, and everyone is going to be working on pumping up only themselves. It is interesting because names could be family, but blood they say blood is thicker than anything? This quote is incredibly interesting. It may be that people don’t remember the bloodshed one exhumes, but only the names that survive the end of the violence? Just a lot to unpack here.

We get a lot in this first full trailer for House Of The Dragon. We get the spine of the drama. We get to see dragons and the setting this epic will take place in. The one thing we don’t get, which is 100% strategical, is the voice of Price Daemon Targaryn. Matt Smith got a lot of attention when he was brought into the Game Of Thrones world, and his look is incredibly distinctive. He does not have a smile the entire trailer unless it is malicious. He is someone everyone needs to watch out for. Perhaps he is a smarter, more cunning version of Viserys Targaryn.

House Of Dragon premieres on on HBO August 21, 2022.

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