As production continues on HBO’s House of the Dragon, the first behind-the-scenes photos from the set of the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel series have surfaced online (via Daily Mail UK), providing us our first look at The Crown alum Matt Smith and Emma D’Arcy’s characters as Prince Daemon Targaryen and Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen. The photos, which you can check out below, feature the pair having a conversation on a beach.
In the novel, Rhaenyra is the first-born child of the King and is married to Daemon, who is also her paternal uncle. Most Game of Thrones fans know that the Targaryens weren’t only famous for their dragons, but they were also infamous for their normalization of incest or inbreeding in order for the royal family to keep their bloodline pure.
Based on George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood, House of the Dragon chronicles the rise and the downfall of the Targaryens, who are the only family of dragonlords to survive the Doom of Valyria. It will take place 300 years before the events of the award-winning series adaptation of Game of Thrones which aired its final episode nearly two years ago.
The 10-episode series will star Paddy Considine as King Viserys I, Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen, Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower and Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen. It will also feature Rhys Ifans as Otto Hightower, Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon, Eve Best as Princess Rhaenys Velaryon, and Sonoya Mizuno as Mysaria.
House of the Dragon is created by George R.R. Martin and Ryan Condal (Colony), with frequent Game of Thrones director Miguel Sapochnik set to helm the pilot and additional episodes of the series. Sapochnik and Condal are also set as co-showrunners of the prequel. Executive producers are Martin, Sapochnik, Condal, Vince Gerardis, and Sara Lee Hess.
The prequel series is currently eyeing a 2022 debut.