Targaryen War Is Set Up in “House of the Dragon’s” Extended Comic-Con Trailer

The longer “House of the Dragon” trailer, which made its debut at San Diego Comic-Con, is released by HBO. The soon-to-be-released series, a precursor to the massively popular fantasy series Game of Thrones, will center on the ascent (and eventual collapse) of House Targaryen. Like its predecessor, George R.R. Martin’s book House of the Dragon is the basis for the prequel. However, unlike Game of Thrones, which was based on the companion book Fire and Blood and provided a written history of House Targaryen, the prequel will not cover the entirety of Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series.

The first of several upcoming Game of Thrones spinoffs is called “House of the Dragon.” It begins hundreds of years before the main series, with Paddy Considine’s King Viserys I (Callum Turner) occupying the Iron Throne. Before the performance, one of the most important questions was whether Viserys’ daughter Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock and Emma D’Arcy) or his brother Daemon (Matt Smith) would succeed him as king. The history leading to the infamous Dance of the Dragons, the Targaryen civil war that tore Westeros apart, is purportedly covered in “House of the Dragon.” HBO has started to reveal more and more about “House of the Dragon’s” future in advance of its August debut.

“House of the Dragon” came to San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday for a significant session. A fresh prequel video was shown during the panel, and HBO later showed it on Sunday night’s Shark Week programming on Discovery (via the Game of Thrones YouTube channel). View the extended trailer in the section below.


The new film differs slightly from the House of the Dragon trailer unveiled last week with a few significant exceptions. Extended clips include views of a youthful Rhaenyra and Alicent Hightower (Emily Carey). The Iron Throne is described as “the most hazardous seat in the kingdom,” among other things, and Viserys is heard advising someone (perhaps Rhaenyra). “Targaryens are closer to gods than to men,” Rhaenyra says in a new line that alludes to the show’s overarching themes. Rhaenyra appears to be “House of the Dragon’s” apparent lead.

There are just two members of House Targaryen at the start of Game of Thrones (not including the eventually revealed Aegon Targaryen, aka Jon Snow). The extended trailer for “House of the Dragon,” which aims to depict this dynasty at its pinnacle, highlights the influence they previously wielded. The Targaryens will discover themselves planning and conniving against one another, in addition to the several dragons portrayed in the series. The “House of the Dragon” trailer places a lot more emphasis on the fraying bond between Rhaenyra and Alicent than on the apparent strife between Viserys and Daemon. The foundation for a major struggle will be set by their shattered link, and when “House of the Dragon” shows up, that conflict will be revealed in all its spectacular, flaming glory.

“House of the Dragon” Won’t Have Any Iconic Characters Like Game of Thrones