The Dragon House |  Who's who in the 'Game of Thrones' spin-off series

In just a few hours, fans of ‘Game of Thrones’ will revisit Westeros with the debut of the highly-anticipated spin-off series ‘The House of the Dragon’.

The plot takes place almost two hundred years before Daenerys Targaryen, centuries before the events of the main work, and follows House Targaryen, the only family of dragonlords to survive the Destruction of Valyria, which took up residence on Dragonstone. The story, based on the novel Fire & Blood’begins with the legendary Aegon the Conqueror, creator of the Iron Throne, and goes on to chronicle the generations of Targaryen who fought to hold the seat, until the civil war that nearly destroyed their dynasty.

What really happened during the Dance of Dragons? Why was it so dangerous to visit Valyria after the Destruction? What were Maegor the Cruel’s worst crimes? These are some of the questions answered in this essential book, told by a wise master of the Citadel.

To prepare you for the first episode’s release, we’ve put together a short list explaining who’s who in the spin-off – so you don’t get lost in this intricate narrative.

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RHAENYRA TARGARYEN

Actors: Milly Alcock (young Rhaenyra), Emma D’Arcy

Emma D’Arcy and Milly Alcock share the role of ‘The House of the Dragon’ by playing two versions of Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, the eldest daughter of King Viserys. A skilled dragon Amazon, she must become the first Queen Regent of the Seven Kingdoms after the death of Viserys’ son. D’Arcy plays the older version, while Alcock plays the younger one.

ALICENT HIGHTOWER

Actors: Emily Carey (young Alicent), Olivia Cooke

Alicent Hightower is considered the most attractive woman in the Seven Kingdoms and has a brotherly relationship with Rhaenyra, even though they belong to different social statuses. Alicent is the daughter of Ser Otto Hightower, born and raised as part of King Viserys’ inner circle, the character is played by Emily Carey when younger, and Olivia Cooke when older.

DAEMON TARGARYEN

Performer: Matt Smith

Matt Smith has a solid career in television, having participated in works such as ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘The Crown’. Now, he will add one more character to his filmography by playing Prince Daemon Targaryen in the series. Ambitious and self-centered, Daemon is the younger brother of Viserys and the second to occupy the throne of the Seven Kingdoms after the king’s son. However, he launches into an arc of revenge and resentment when Rhaenyra is appointed the successor regent. He is also an experienced warrior and dragon rider.

VISERYS I TARGARYEN

Performer: Paddy Considine

Known for a great career on the independent film circuit, Paddy Considine embraces the mainstream scene by starring ‘The House of the Dragon’ as King Viserys I Targaryen: scarred by trauma and described as a “decent and kind man”, Viserys was chosen by a council of lords to occupy the throne after the death of his grandfather, Jaehaerys I Targaryen.

OTTO HIGHTOWER

Performer: Rhys Ifans

Ser Otto Hightower is Alicent’s father and poses as the Hand of the King, serving Viserys and the kingdom even in the darkest of times. Nurturing a kind of political dispute against Prince Daemon, Otto is played by Rhys Ifans.

CORLYS VELARYON

Performer: Steve Toussaint

Steve Toussaint gained fame after participating in ‘The Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time’ and now makes a glorious return to the audiovisual scene as Lord Corlys Velaryon. Commander of House Velaryon, Corlys is known by the nickname of Sea Serpent and is described as the most learned and famous seaman in the history of Westeros.

RHAENYS TARGARYEN

Performer: Eve Best

Wife of Lord Corlys, Princess Rhaenys Targaryen is a dragon Amazon and known as “the Queen that never was”. After all, she was vying for control of the throne alongside Viserys, to rule the Seven Kingdoms, but was sidelined for being a woman. In the adaptation, Rhaenys is played by Eve Best.

CRISTON COLE

Performer: Fabien Frankel

Fabien Frankel brings to life Ser Criston Cole, a skilled swordsman from the Dornish Marches. Criston is the common son of the Lord of Blackhaven’s butler.

HARROLD WESTERLING

Performer: Graham McTavish

After starring in the trilogy ‘The Hobbit’, Harrold Westerling is ready to return to the fantasy genre by playing Ser Harrold Westerling in the series. The current Lord Commander of the Kingsguard has been part of the king’s retinue since Jaehaerys and was once a mighty knight. His mission is to protect and watch over Princess Rhaenyra.

The cast still has Bethany Antonia (Lady Baela Targaryen), Nanna Blondell (Lady Laena Velaryon), Sian Brooke (Aemma Arryn), Phoebe Campbell (Lady Rhaena Targaryen), Harry Collett (Prince Jacaerys Velaryon), Ryan Corr (Ser Harwin Strong), Anthony Flanagan (Be Steffon Darklyn), Tom Glynn-Carney (Prince Aegon Targaryen) and others.

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