House of the Dragon characters and Game of Thrones links

House of the Dragon characters and Game of Thrones links

House of the Dragon (Sky/HBO)

House of the Dragon (Sky/HBO)

game of Thrones Fans will once again be whisked away to the world of Westeros when HBO’s House of the Dragon arrives in the UK on Sky Atlantic on August 22nd.

The 10-part stream will air on HBO in the US and on Sky Atlantic and NOW for UK audiences house of the dragon Series follows the mighty Targaryen dynasty and takes place 200 years before the events of game of Thrones.

house of the dragon based on the 2018 novel by George RR Martin fire and blood which gives a deep dive into the history of Targaryen and the slow downfall of a once great house in a bloody civil war.

While the show mostly focuses on the Targaryens, Hightowers and Velaryons, some of the main houses we know about game of Thrones is also presented.

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As house of the dragon is a prequel that dates back hundreds of years game of Throneswe can trace the history and lineage of the various dynasties to see how the characters relate to their counterparts in Thrones, and gain insight into how past events have shaped the loyalties and feuds of the houses.

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If the prequel series is something like game of ThronesKeeping track of all the characters and their intertwined plots becomes a full-time job as George RR Martin loves a complex narrative coupled with a gargantuan cast.

The author recently talked about how house of the dragon is more of a character-driven drama than an action series, writing in his live diary, not a blog: “Those of you who like complex, contradictory, gray characters (like me) will like this series I think.

There will be many dragons and battles for sure, but the backbone of the story is the human conflict, love and hate, more character drama than action/adventure.”

Here’s our guide to some of the houses in the series and how they relate to Game of Thrones characters.

House Targaryen

Paddy Considine in House of the Dragon (Sky/HBO)

Paddy Considine as King Viserys I Targaryen in House of Dragon. (Sky/HBO)

While house of the dragon Beginning with the Targaryen on the coveted Iron Throne, fans will know the house descends into chaos with the “Dance of the Dragon” civil war and tragic descent into madness.

Viserys (Paddy Considine) is the fifth king of the Targaryen dynasty, wreaking havoc in the kingdom by abandoning the tradition of male heirs when he names his daughter Rhaenyra Targaryen (Emma D’Arcy) as his successor.

House of the Dragon (Sky/HBO)

Rhaenyra Targaryen (Emma D’Arcy) in house of the dragon. (Sky/HBO)

Not surprisingly, many of the Lords of Westeros do not support Rhaenyra’s claim to the throne, with Princess Rhaenys declaring to Velaryon, “A woman would not inherit the Iron Throne. Because that’s the way things are,” says the latest trailer.

Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen, younger brother of King Viserys and heir apparent to the throne in House of the Dragon.  (Sky/HBO)

Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen, younger brother of King Viserys and heir apparent to the throne in House of the Dragon. (Sky/HBO)

Prince Daemon – played by Matt Smith – also believes he has a claim to the throne as the younger brother of King Viserys. He is an unparalleled warrior and dragon rider who “possesses the true blood of the dragon.”

The dispute over the throne between family members and half-siblings sparks a generational war known as the “Dance of the Dragons” and ultimately leads to the downfall of House Targaryen.

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Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in game of Thrones. (HBO)

How does all of this relate to the mother of dragons herself, Daenerys Targaryen, in the game of Thrones Series? Vague is probably the fairest guess, with multiple counts of incest, insanity and marriages it can be difficult to connect the apples of the Targaryen family tree.

Viserys appears to be an extremely distant uncle of Daenerys, although he is never mentioned in the HBO series.

We only hear from Daenerys’ father, Aerys II, better known as The Mad King, who descended into insanity during his chaotic reign.

House Hightower

Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower and Rhys Ifans as Otto Hightower (Twitter/HouseofDragon)

Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower and Rhys Ifans as Otto Hightower. (sky atlantic)

One of the dynasties that appear in house of the dragon will be House Hightower, one of the oldest and collapsed houses in the Seven Kingdoms that can trace its ancestry back to the days of the First Men.

In the source novel fire and blood, House Hightower is best known for being instrumental in starting the Civil War. Traditionally, the family wasn’t interested in playing Game of Thrones, but that all changed during the Dragon Dance era, when they began to get involved in the intrigue and politics of the Seven Kingdoms.

One member who will be a prominent figure is Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans), Hand of King to three Targaryen rulers including Viserys I. His daughter Alicent (Olivia Cooke) becomes the second wife of King Viserys Targaryen and supports the Claim of her son Aegon to the throne.

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House Hightower can still be found in the game of Thrones timeline and features in the source novel, A Song of Ice and Fire Romans as an influential family with strong ties to the Tyrells.

Fans of the HBO series will know that the family’s legacy on the show lies in their stronghold of Oldtown. It is an important site in the Seven Kingdoms as it houses the citadel where the Order of Maesters live.

House Velaryon

Steve Toussaint plays Lord Corlys Velaryon, also known as Sea Snake, in House of the Dragon.  (HBO/Sky)

Steve Toussaint embodies Lord Corlys Velaryon, aka Sea Snake, in house of the dragon. (HBO/Sky)

Old House Velaryon will be heavily represented house of the dragon starring legendary seafarer Lord Corlys Velaryon, “the sea serpent” plays a central role in the prequel series.

Lord Corlys (Steve Toussaint) is a well-known nautical adventurer in Westeros and built House Velaryon into a powerful and wealthy seat to rival the wealthy Lannisters. The family hails from Driftmark, west of the island of Dragonstone, home of the Targaryens, and are believed to be early settlers of Westeros.

Some fans will only learn about the Velaryon Dynasty since they are not part of the Velaryon Dynasty game of Thrones TV series, although in some they play big roles thrones novellas.

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Like many of the dynasties, the Velaryons contribute to the overall narrative of the game of Thrones Universe and its influence waves through the timelines. Her close relationship with the Targaryens proved to be her weakness during Robert’s Rebellion and the family became iced over as a result.

in the A battle of kingsthe Velaryons still have a powerful navy which is used when Lord Monford Velaryon answers Stannis Baratheon when he calls upon his vassals in the War of the Five Kings.

House Stark

In the early house of the dragon In the trailer we hear Lord of Winterfell Rickard Stark swearing allegiance to King Viserys.

House Stark fans have been wondering who Rickard is and how he fits into the overall timeline since he is not on the current cast list.

It’s not entirely clear how Rickard relates to the later Starks (other than through the typically tortuous house line), who were the main protagonists in the game of Thrones Series and source novels.

Sean Bean as Ned Stark in Game of Thrones Season 1.  (Image credit: HBO)

Sean Bean as Ned Stark in Game of Thrones Season 1. (HBO)

With Rickard bending the knee alongside Corlys Velaryon and Boremund Baratheon in the teaser trailer, the Starks appear to be embracing their classic role as Guardians of the North, only venturing south when necessary.

if house of the dragon Following closely on his source novel, we can also assume that the Starks won’t play a major role in early episodes and will come later with the signing of the Ice and Fire Pact.

house of the dragon airs NOW on Sky Atlantic and the streaming service from August 22nd.

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