Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Olivia Cooke, Matt Smith, and Emma D’Arcy Will Star in ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel Series

Additional casting has been announced for House of the Dragon, the Game of Thrones prequel series at HBO. The series will take place before the events of the main series and focus on the ancestors of Daenerys Targaryen, a story told in George R.R. Martin’s companion novel Fire and Blood. According to HBO, the new characters will be played by Olivia Cooke, Matt Smith, and Emma D’Arcy – here’s a look at their characters from the network.

Alicent Hightower (Cooke): “the daughter of Otto Hightower, the Hand of the King, and the most comely woman in the Seven Kingdoms. She was raised in the Red Keep, close to the king and his innermost circle; she possesses both a courtly grace and a keen political acumen.”

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Prince Daemon Targaryen (Smith): “younger brother to King Viserys and heir to the throne. A peerless warrior and a dragonrider, Daemon possesses the true blood of the dragon. But it is said that whenever a Targaryen is born, the gods toss a coin in the air.”

Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (D’Arcy): “the king’s first-born child, she is of pure Valyrian blood, and she is a dragonrider. Many would say that Rhaenyra was born with everything … but she was not born a man.”

The three new actors join previously announced Paddy Considine as King Viserys Targaryen. There is no timeline yet for the series to shoot or premiere.

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