HBO Max have unveiled the first teaser for their Game of Thrones prequel, House of the Dragon, with former Doctor Who Matt Smith taking centre stage

 

For eight seasons Game of Thrones was one of HBO’s flagship shows, drawing in millions of viewers. With that battle for the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms over, another is about to begin. HBO Max’s prequel series, House of the Dragon, arrives on our screens next year and they’ve just released the first teaser trailer for it. And it’s already clear that the character of one time Doctor Who, Matt Smith, has a major role to play.

The teaser is built around a voice over by Smith’s Daemon Targaryen. Two centuries before his family’s fall, he’s brother to the king. But when King Viserys’ new wife gives birth to a son, it triggers a series of events that will change everything for Daemon. Allegiances will be made and oaths betrayed in a new game to determine who sits on the Iron Throne. And in Smith’s voice over, Daemon lays out his path to power.

“Gods. Kings. Fire. And blood. Dreams didn’t make us kings. Dragons did.”

Accompanying the words and ominous music, we get our first glimpses of this new, earlier, Westeros and its families.

Prince Daemon himself descends into darkness by torchlight, stands alongside his niece/wife Rhaenyra (Emma D’Arcy) on the beach on Dragonstone glowering out to sea, and battles another knight in a tournament. Ser Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans) displays the badge that marks him as Hand of the King. King Viserys (Paddy Considine) sits on the Iron Throne, gripping the hilt of his sword menacingly. Princess Rhaenyra approaches the Throne, melted swords like defences all around it, as a younger girl. Knights clash in a joust. Fabled master of the seas, Lord Corlys Velaryon (Steve Toussaint) and his family attend a banquet in the Red Keep. The great skull of ancient dragon Balerion the Black Dread. Masaria, the Varys of her day. Queen Alicia pushes her way through a crowd, wielding a knife.

 

 

As excitement builds for House of the Dragon, we’re sure to see more of Matt Smith and Daemon. And it may well be Smith’s most high profile role yet since leaving Doctor Who.

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