Game of Thrones fans finally have some photos from upcoming prequelto pore over. The HBO show is based on Game of Thrones' author George R.R. Martin's enormous book Fire & Blood, which delves into the violent and fascinating history of the Targaryen family, hundreds of years before Daenerys came along. Yes, this is the family with the whitish-blond hair, fierce dragon-riding skills and penchant for marrying their own relatives.
In a statement, HBO says production on the show has just started and it will be available to stream onin 2022. HBO shared a , showing various members of the production team seated at computers. But these images are much better, showing actors in full costume and makeup.
Emma D'Arcy, shown above, plays Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, a dragon rider and the firstborn of the king. But as in many royal families, the only problem is she wasn't born male.
Matt Smith, known to many as the eleventh Doctor in Doctor Who, and Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh in The Crown, plays Prince Daemon Targaryen, the younger brother to King Viserys and heir to the throne, a peerless warrior and a dragon rider.
Steve Toussaint plays Lord Corlys Velaryon, aka a nautical adventurer known as The Sea Snake. He's the lord of House Velaryon, which claims the largest navy in the world and is even richer than the Lannisters (remember them?).
Olivia Cooke plays Alicent Hightower, daughter of Otto Hightower, the hand of the king, and "the most comely woman in the Seven Kingdoms."
Welsh actor Rhys Ifans plays Otto Hightower, a loyal and faithful servant to both his king and his realm. But he believes the greatest threat to the realm is the king's brother, Daemon, and his position as heir to the throne.
And with the show's focus on a family of dragon riders, you bet there will be dragons. HBO released looks at theback in December. In 2019, Sven Martin, one of the designers of the Game of Thrones dragons, the fantastical creatures are actually based in part on real animals and how they move.