Although enthusiasm for the Game of Thrones franchise may have dimmed following the divisive finale, HBO isn’t ready to say goodbye to Westeros. The studio has several potential spin-offs in various stages of development, and we’re just two months out from the release of the first — House of the Dragon. HBO has released a new poster for House of the Dragon, which you can check out below.
The House of the Dragon poster showcases Milly Alcock as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen standing in front of an enormous dragon. The upcoming Game of Thrones spin-off is set hundreds of years before the original series and is based upon George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood, a Targaryen history book which chronicles the history of House Targaryen, starting off with “Aegon the Conqueror, creator of the Iron Throne, and [going on] to recount the generations of Targaryens who fought to hold the throne, all the way up to the civil war, known as the Dance of the Dragons, that nearly tore their dynasty apart.“ Miguel Sapochnik, who helmed many episodes of Game of Thrones, has previously teased that House of the Dragon will have its own tone compared to Game of Thrones.
I think we were very respectful of what the original show is. It wasn’t broken so we’re not trying to reinvent the wheel. House of the Dragon has its own tone that will evolve and emerge over the course of the show. But first, it’s very important to pay respects and homage to the original series, which was pretty groundbreaking. We’re standing on the shoulders of that show and we’re only here because of that show. So the most important thing for us to do is to respect that show as much as possible and try and compliment it rather than reinvent it. And I was involved in making the original show, so I feel like that’s been useful. Like, I’m not arriving going, “Let’s change everything! Let’s do a different color palette!” No, I quite like the color palette.
House of the Dragon will debut on August 21, 2022. Are you planning on checking out House of the Dragon?