The official House of the Dragon trailer is right here, full with dragons! Let’s speak all about it:
FEDERICA: The second teaser for House of the Dragon confirmed how deeply the showrunners perceive this story and its characters. Having Corlys Velaryon communicate in voiceover about legacy is a very apt selection. History, he says, doesn’t bear in mind blood, however names. The significance of those phrases might sum up one of many focal factors of the story. In the precise episode that the strains are taken from, Corlys might be talking to any member of his household about Rhaenyra Targaryen’s kids by (supposedly) his son Laenor: it doesn’t matter if they don’t seem to be his, for his or her names make them his, and that’s sufficient. Or in order that they assume.
So far, HBO just isn’t immediately organising the succession dispute as a direct drawback, however solely hinting at it. While we now have not but seen Aegon in any promotional materials, we did get an emotional second of Princess Rhaenys talking with a younger Rhaenyra concerning the slim possibilities of the realm accepting her as queen. I hope to see many extra scenes of the 2 of them collectively. The ceremony the place all the nice lords swear fealty to Princess Rhaenyra as her father’s inheritor additionally arrange future battle whereas giving us HBO-mandated cameos from members of the Stark and Baratheon households.
The teaser additionally confirmed glimpses of Rhaenyra’s two weddings: one the place she is younger and (performed by Millie Alcock) dancing along with her cousin Laenor wearing full Velaryon splendor, and one the place we see a closeup of older Rhaenyra (performed by Emma D’Arcy) and her uncle Daemon, most likely partaking in a Valyrian ritual with fireplace and blood. I definitely can’t wait to see that.
We additionally see numerous new areas, just like the island of Driftmark, the place almost the whole Targaryen prolonged household seems to be current at Laena Velaryon’s funeral, and likewise Harrenhal, the place we see a flashback of the Great Council of 101 AC.
The trailer reaches its climax with the long-lasting “an eye for an eye” second the place Alicent Hightower appears able to stab Rhaenyra or her kids after one in every of her youngsters loses a watch combating Rhaenyra’s youngsters. This is intermixed with one other scene on Dragonstone, the place Daemon unsheathes Dark Sister in entrance of Otto Hightower. We are proven the 4 most necessary gamers behind the Dance already in battle with one another. One scene takes place indoors, one outdoor, as if to suggest that this battle could have violent penalties each inside and outdoors of House Targaryen.
We additionally see Rhaenyra flying her dragon Syrax over King’s Landing, the Black Council on Dragonstone, Otto convincing his daughter Alicent to pursue ambition, and Daemon in numerous phases of his life; be aware how the wigs shift in size.
This teaser was unimaginable. I’d love to really hear Rhaenyra’s voice within the subsequent teaser or trailer. It could be grand to see her communicate since that is primarily her story. But perhaps the present is sending us a message right here: she just isn’t in charge of her personal narrative, and this can inevitably result in her downfall.
ARIBA: The House of the Dragon trailer is right here—and it’s wonderful! We obtained an entire of motion and drama within the 1:45 sneak peek and I’m definitely in my emotions about it.
Personally, I used to be pumped to see extra of Matt Smith as Daemon Targaryen and Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower. I’ve been following each of their careers for some time now so to see them in all their Game of Thrones glory was very thrilling. Watching the trailer, I couldn’t shake off the sensation that issues is likely to be even darker and grittier than within the flagship sequence. Everything about this trailer factors to darkness, together with the tones they used. There’s simply one thing dim concerning the scenes, and at first I assumed that is likely to be an modifying mistake, however now I’m realizing, it’s all on goal. We are heading into Targaryen territory, people, so why wouldn’t issues get heavy and horrifying?!
Of course, I cherished seeing the dragons within the trailer. During this specific period, there are going to be a whole lot of dragons flapping their wings round Westeros so I used to be excited to see a few of that within the trailer. I hope that the sequence does this story justice and may remove the bitter emotions so many people have been left with after the Game of Thrones sequence finale.
I feel this present has quite a bit driving on it and a whole lot of stress to do nicely, however I’d say we’re on target after watching that trailer. August can’t come quickly sufficient!
DAN: I agree with you, Federica, that the trailer suggests the House of the Dragon producers know what they’re doing as far as the story goes. Seeing the Great Council of 101 AC (or at the very least followers are fairly positive that’s what we’re ) and the second King Viserys has the Great Lords of Westeros swear fealty to Rhaenyra is encouraging; it means the writers know the place the stress factors of this story are. This is a couple of battle between Rhaenyra Targaryen (and her crew) and her cousin Aegon Targaryen (and his crew) over the Iron Throne. As on Game of Thrones, all of that has a historical past, and it’s necessary we be taught it.
The be aware about Rhaenyra not having a line can also be attention-grabbing. That underlines a subject that might get dicey: in some ways, Rhaenyra Targaryen’s story mimics Daenerys Targaryen’s: they’re formidable ladies who finally get paranoid and lose every thing. And everyone knows how nicely that went over on Game of Thrones.
I’m of the opinion that the top of Game of Thrones didn’t falter due to what occurred — I feel the story is admirably daring — however due to the way it was executed. It’s virtually like House of the Dragon is an opportunity to try this story over and get it proper. (In the summary, after all; there are tons of variations between these two tales.)
And I agree with you, Ariba, that the present appears darkish, each in content material and shade palette. I’ll go away the lighting to others, however I’m wondering if the tone is likely to be too darkish. Despite its popularity for brutality, Game of Thrones all the time took care to have moments of levity and human connection, which is one thing I hope continues in House of the Dragon.
ASHLEY: Later this yr, two fantasy heavyweights hit our screens. In September, Amazon will premiere The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. And in August, we return to Westeros for HBO’s hotly anticipated Game of Thrones prequel sequence, House of the Dragon. We fantasy lovers are consuming nicely!
As everybody else has already talked about, the newest teaser trailer additional illustrates the extent of intent and element that’s gone into this sequence. The units are spectacular and the costumes are wonderful. There are dragons, after all, and white-blonde wigs aplenty.
I agree that the present appears a little bit darker than the flagship sequence. That’s not a foul factor. A present about Targaryens lends itself to darkness, and everyone knows that fireside burns brighter at the hours of darkness.
August can’t come shortly sufficient.
DANIEL: Dragons! Politics! Murder! Okay, there have been no murders within the trailer, however they’re taking place simply offscreen. This teaser is our first have a look at new footage from House of the Dragon for the reason that final one dropped in October, and it was definitely worth the wait.
I very a lot agree that this trailer reveals off the depth of understanding the artistic crew has of the story. The Dance of the Dragons is among the most dramatic durations of Westerosi historical past, not simply due to all of the dragons, however as a result of the backstabbing and betrayals are each bit as cruel as they have been in Game of Thrones. And that rigidity began lengthy earlier than Rhaenyra and Alicent have been at one another’s throats.
I feel the factor that struck me most about this trailer was how a lot readability it offers to the timeline. We nonetheless don’t know for positive whether or not House of the Dragon goes to make the most of flashbacks or play out chronologically, however from this new footage we all know we’re going to get to see a number of occasions that occurred lengthy earlier than the Dance, such because the lords of the Seven Kingdoms swearing fealty to a younger Rhaenyra and (hopefully) the Great Council of 101 AC, the place Rhaenys was handed over for the Iron Throne in favor of her cousin Viserys.
We’ve recognized for some time now that Milly Alcock and Emily Carey are taking part in younger Rhaenyra and Alicent respectively, so I used to be anticipating to see their relationship in these youthful years. What I wasn’t anticipating is the diploma of interaction it seems like we’re going to get between all the opposite characters whereas Rhaenyra and Alicent are nonetheless youngsters. The entire purpose these lords are known as to King’s Landing to swear fealty to Rhaenyra is as a result of Otto Hightower convinces Viserys to call her as inheritor with a view to bump his brother Daemon, who’s a free cannon, farther down the road of succession. This causes all types of strife between the brothers, and leads to Daemon being given management of the City Watch and subsequently reforming it because the Gold Cloaks (which we see alluded to within the trailer). There’s additionally that shot of Mysaria and Daemon giving Otto the dragon egg, which is one other early-days little bit of drama between Daemon and his brother Viserys. So the depth of the strife between totally different members of the Targaryen household shocked me a bit. Yes, that is completely Rhaenyra’s story, nevertheless it additionally concerned actually each member of House Targaryen that was alive within the Seven Kingdoms on the time. It’s going to get messy.
And after all, that remaining shot of the dragon within the tunnels of the Dragon Pit was the proper ending to the teaser. Giving me chills over right here!
House of the Dragon premieres August 21 on HBO and Max.
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