GAME of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon has released its gripping first trailer.
The series – set 200 years before the events of the hit HBO show – stars Matt Smith, Paddy Considine and Emma D’Arcy.
Filming on House of the Dragon began earlier this year and now fans have been given their first glimpse at what’s in store.
The first look trailer signals there will be plenty of drama, with epic sword fight scenes being teased in a number of shots.
A jousting contest also features in the trailer, which sees former The Crown and Doctor Who star Matt provide the voiceover narration.
As the dark and moody scenes flit across the screen, he says: “Gods…Kings…fire…and blood.
“Dreams didn’t make us Kings….Dragons did.”
As he says the final line, the iconic Iron Throne is seen, before the House of the Dragon symbol bursts on to the screen in a ball of fire.
Matt, 38, plays Prince Daemon Targaryen, King Viserys Targaryen’s younger brother, meanwhile Emma, 28, will play Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, the King’s daughter.
The rest of the cast includes Rhys Ifans as Otto Hightower, the Hand of the King and close counsellor of King Viserys, as well as Olivia Cooke who plays Otto’s daughter, Alicent Hightower.
Steve Toussaint will play legendary seafarer The Sea Snake, Lord Corlys Velaryon, while Paddy Considine is King Viserys, Eve Best is Princess Rhaenys Velaryon and Crazy Rich Asians’ Sonoya Mizuno is Daemon’s ally Mysaria.
The first details to be revealed about the plot of House of the Dragon suggest it will explore how the House begins to fall apart and the Dance of the Dragons civil war begins.
How King’s Landing was built is also set to be revealed, as is the origin stories of some of the other iconic Houses seen in the original HBO series.
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