Game of Thrones: House of the Dragon got Milly Alcock and Emily Carey, and they will have recurring roles in the HBO series from George R.R. Martin, Ryan Condal, and Miguel Sapochnik. Alcok and Carey will play the youthful versions of Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Emma D’Arcy) and Alicent Hightower (Olivia Cooke).
The series is based on George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood series, and it is set 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones, and it will tell the incredible story of House Targaryen.
Centuries before the events of A Game of Thrones, House Targaryen—the only family of dragonlords to survive the Doom of Valyria—took up residence on Dragonstone. Fire & Blood begins their tale with the legendary Aegon the Conqueror, creator of the Iron Throne, and goes on to recount the generations of Targaryens who fought to hold that iconic seat, all the way up to the civil war that nearly tore their dynasty apart.
What really happened during the Dance of the Dragons? Why was it so deadly to visit Valyria after the Doom? What were Maegor the Cruel’s worst crimes? What was it like in Westeros when dragons ruled the skies? These are but a few of the questions answered in this essential chronicle, as related by a learned maester of the Citadel and featuring more than eighty all-new black-and-white illustrations by artist Doug Wheatley. Readers have glimpsed small parts of this narrative in such volumes as The World of Ice & Fire, but now, for the first time, the full tapestry of Targaryen history is revealed.
Alcock’s Young Princess Rhaenra Targaryen, “the king’s first-born child, is of pure Valyrian blood, and she is a dragon rider. Many would say that Rhaenyra was born with everything — but she was not born a man.”
Carey’s Young Alicent Hightower is the daughter of Otto Hightower, “the Hand of the King, and the most comely woman in the Seven Kingdoms. She was raised in the Red Keep, close to the king and his innermost circle; she possesses both a courtly grace and a keen political acumen.”
Here are the previously announced cast and character descriptions:
Paddy Considine plays King Viserys Targaryen, “chosen by the lords of Westeros to succeed the Old King, Jaehaerys Targaryen, at the Great Council at Harrenhal. A warm, kind, and decent man, Viserys only wishes to carry forward his grandfather’s legacy. But good men do not necessarily make for great kings.”
Matt Smith plays Prince Daemon Targaryen, “younger brother to King Viserys and heir to the throne. A peerless warrior and a dragonrider, Daemon possesses the true blood of the dragon. But it is said that whenever a Targaryen is born, the gods toss a coin in the air…”
Steve Toussaint plays Lord Corlys Velaryon, “The Sea Snake” – Lord of House Velaryon, “a Valyrian bloodline as old as House Targaryen. As “The Sea Snake,” the most famed nautical adventurer in the history of Westeros, Lord Corlys built his house into a powerful seat that is even richer than the Lannisters and that claims the largest navy in the world.”
Rhys Ifans plays Otto Hightower, The Hand of the King, “Ser Otto loyally and faithfully serves both his king and his realm. As the Hand sees it, the greatest threat to the realm is the king’s brother, Daemon, and his position as heir to the throne.”
Eve Best plays Princess Rhaenys Velaryon, “A dragonrider and wife to Lord Corlys Velaryon, ‘“The Queen Who Never Was’ was passed over as heir to the throne at the Great Council because the realm favored her cousin, Viserys, simply for being male.”
Sonoya Mizuno plays Mysaria, “Mysaria came to Westeros with nothing, sold more times than she can recall. She could have wilted… but instead, she rose to become the most trusted — and most unlikely — ally of Prince Daemon Targaryen, the heir to the throne.”
Fabien Frankel plays Ser Criston Cole, of Dornish descent, “the common-born son of the steward to the Lord of Blackhaven. Cole has no claim to land or titles; all he has to his name in his honor and his preternatural skill with a sword.”