Fans of the long awaited Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon won’t have to wait much longer for the series to drop! HBO Max has announced that the series will premiere on the service starting August 21. The 10-episode first season is based on Fire and Blood, George R.R. Martin’s novel covering the time period 200 years before Game of Thrones when the Targaryen family was firmly in power. However, the royal family soon finds itself embroiled in a nasty civil war: the Dance of the Dragons.
Along with the release date, HBO Max teased fans with new stills of many of the major characters.
House of the Dragon stars Paddy Considine, Olivia Cooke, Matt Smith, Emma D’Arcy, Fabien Frankel, Rhys Ifans, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best, and Sonoya Mizuno among a large ensemble cast.
The prequel showrunners will be Ryan Condal and Miguel Sapochnik, well known to Game of Thrones fans for directing pivotal episodes of the original series. Original creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss recently confirmed they will not be involved with the prequel series, while author Martin serves as co-creator on the new show alongside Condal. Check out the official trailer below, and be sure to keep following Nerds and Beyond for more prequel news as we get it!