"House Of The Dragon" Premiere: Everything You Need To Know

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House of the Dragon Premiere
The new series is set 200 years before "GoT," and follows Daenerys and Jon Snow's ancestors, the Targaryen family.

The big day has finally arrived for Game of Thrones lovers – the House of the Dragon prequel series has officially premiered, and with the help of the NY Post, we've got a summary of everything you need to know about the first episode.

The new show is set roughly 200 years before the events of its beloved predecessor and will tell the story of the Targaryen family as they navigate a civil war, revealing exactly how Daenerys and Jon Snow became the last two members of the clan standing.

"House Of The Dragon" Premiere: Everything You Need To Know
Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke (Daenerys) in 2020 -- Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

House of the Dragon is based on George R.R. Martin's Fire & Blood book, which chronicles the fictional history of the Targaryen family – more specifically a battle between Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and her half-brother, Aegon II over who will succeed their father, Viserys I, on his throne.

While dragons were sparse in GoT, this era of Westeros is filled with them, making for some pretty intense battles (though we won't see that played out on screen until later on). For now, we watch Viserys musing on the throne about his heir, before his son is even born and when his daughter is just a young teenager.

Since the show covers a larger span of time, viewers will notice more time jumps with the recasting of age-appropriate actors in certain roles.

Most characters are living in the King's Landing area of Westeros, and key players you'll want to be familiar with are King Viserys I, his mischievous brother, Daemon, as well as daughter Rhaenyra, who's a bit too close for comfort with her uncle (although that is the Targaryen way).

The King's hand is Otto Hightower, who hates Daemon. His daughter, Alicent, is a friend of Rhaenyra's at first, but it's been noted that she'll become a crucial character in the impending war.

Did you tune into tonight's House of the Dragon premiere? Sound off in the comments, and tap back in with HNHH later for more pop culture news updates.


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Hayley Hynes is the former Weekend Managing Editor of HotNewHipHop, she stepped down after two years in 2024 to pursue other creative opportunities but remains on staff part-time to cover music, gossip, and pop culture news. Currently, she contributes similar content on Blavity and 21Ninety, as well as on her personal blog where she also offers tarot/astrology services. Hayley resides on the western side of Canada, previously spending a year in Vancouver to study Fashion Marketing at Blanche Macdonald Centre and Journalism at Mount Royal University in Calgary before that. She's passionate about helping others heal through storytelling, and shares much more about her life on Instagram @hayleyhynes.