HBO has revealed a new trailer and a number of character posters for its upcoming Game of Thrones prequel series, House of the Dragon.
The new trailer gives us a fresh look at a very different Westeros, with familiar family names swearing allegiance to the Targaryen family. We also get a brief look at a dragon (and a dragon’s egg), and hints of the conflict to come between the ruling family and beyond.
With the show set to premiere on August 21 and the last trailer dropping as far back as October last year, this is about as much as we’ve seen from the show in some time.
As you can see in the gallery below, each poster shows off a single character, while the show’s Twitter account provided a character name and a short description for each, from Matt Smith’s Prince Daemon Targaryen (“Prince of the City”) to Sonoya Mizuno’s Mysaria (“Confidante to Daemon Targaryen”).
Based on George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood, the 10-episode first season will flesh out the tales behind the Targaryen family, who ruled Westeros before the events of Game of Thrones. Set 200 years before the show, it will show the beginning of the end of the Targaryen reign, leading up to a civil war waged between family members – and the seeming death of dragons in the fantasy world.
Aside from Smith and Mizuno, the cast includes Paddy Considine, Emma D’arcy, Olivia Cooke, Steve Toussaint, Rhys Ifans, Eve Best, Fabien Frankel, Milly Alcock, Emily Carey, Graham McTavish and more.
It’s far from the only Game of Thrones spin-off on the way. In March, George R.R. Martin updated fans on a number of live action and animated shows set in the GoT universe, including The Sea Snake, 10,000 Ships, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, The Golden Empire, and more.
Joe Skrebels is IGN’s Executive Editor of News. Follow him on Twitter. Have a tip for us? Want to discuss a possible story? Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.