House of the Dragon gets an ominous first teaser trailer

A teaser for HBO's 'House of the Dragon'
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HBO has released the first teaser trailer for House of the Dragon, the Game of Thrones prequel.

Transporting us back in time to before the many houses of Westeros went to war, this new series sees the Targaryen family ruling the Seven Kingdoms from the Iron Throne.

Matt Smith's Prince Daemon Targaryen narrates this first teaser coldly, telling us simply: "Gods, kings, fire, and blood. Dreams didn't make us kings, dragons did." The rest of the trailer shows us that we should expect these four things from House of the Dragon.

We don't really get any plot info, just our first glimpses of the cast in action. You can also spot what looks like one of House Targaryen's many dragons lurking in the shadows. We also get some of the fighting that we would expect from a show set during such a tumultuous period of Game of Thrones history. 

You can watch the teaser below:

House of the Dragon is the first of HBO's Game of Thrones spin-off series to get off the ground and is set hundreds of years before the original series.

Based on the plot of George R. R. Martin's novel Fire & Blood (opens in new tab), House of the Dragon explores the rise to prominence of House Targaryen, one of the many warring factions in Westeros. 

Expect to see plenty of the political strife and violent swordplay that was shown in Game of Thrones, as this series is very likely to cover King Aegon's conquest and the events in the run-up to the infamous "Dance of the Dragons", otherwise known as the Targaryen civil war.

The series stars a cast of incredibly talented actors. Alongside the former Doctor Who star Matt Smith are Paddy Considine as King Viserys Targaryen, Rhys Ifans as the current Hand of the King, Otto Hightower, and Vanity Fair's Olivia Cooke as Alicent, Otto's daughter.

House of the Dragon's first season is slated to be ten episodes long and is heading to HBO Max in the US and Sky TV in the UK, in 2022.

Martin Shore
Staff Writer at WhatToWatch.com

Martin is a Staff Writer with WhatToWatch.com, where he produces a variety of articles focused on the latest and greatest films and TV shows. 

Some of his favorite shows are What We Do In The Shadows, Bridgerton, Gangs of London, The Witcher, Doctor Who, and Ghosts. When he’s not watching TV or at the movies, Martin’s probably still in front of a screen playing the latest video games, reading, or watching the NFL.