Game of Thrones is too huge of a show for it to be left as is. Enter a prequel that focuses on the only ‘house’ in the realm that uses dragons to defeat and conquer, the House of Targaryen. Titled House of the Dragon, production commenced in April 2021 and is scheduled to launch next year.
House of the Dragon preview
Game of Thrones fans have been looking forward to getting a spin-off series since the award-winning show ended in 2019, and there were several potential spin-offs being developed at HBO. Ultimately, a House Targaryen-centred story ran supreme and was chosen to succeed Game of Thrones.
The upcoming prequel is based on George R. R. Martin’s 2018 novel Fire & Blood. It’s set 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones and delves into Targaryen history, introducing fans to the ancestors of Daenerys Targaryen. It’ll be a good opportunity to further gain more insight into the mind of a Targaryen with Dany’s shocking decision to burn all of King’s Landing, repeating what her father did.
The HBO series also explores the events leading up to the Targaryen civil war when a war of succession was fought by two rival monarchs over King Viserys I’s throne. It became known as the “Dance of the Dragons”, an important history in the seven kingdoms that were mentioned in passing throughout Game of Thrones episodes by characters like Joffrey and Shireen.
In the book, Prince Aegon Targaryen and Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen fought for the throne of Westeros after the death of King Viserys I, the successor of the Old King Jaehaerys Targaryen. Princess Rhaenyra is the king’s first born child with pure Valyrian blood, and although a female ruler in the fantastical lands of Westeros was unheard of, she was groomed by her father to succeed him.
When the king remarried, his eldest son Prince Aegon was born, setting up for the bitter rivalry that led to a bloody and fiery civil war and resulted in the extinction of dragons. The Game of Thrones prequel will be based on this narrative but with some major changes. Instead of Prince Aegon Targaryen, the threat to Princess Rhaenyra ‘s claim to the iron throne will likely be the king’s brother, Prince Daemon (Matt Smith).
Central characters from Fire & Blood will finally hit the screens, beginning with King Viserys, his younger brother Prince Daemon Targaryen, a peerless warrior, Ser Otto Hightower, the Hand of the King who serves both his king and the seven kingdoms, and his daughter Alicent Hightower, who exudes both a courtly grace and political aptitude, and of course, the King’s daughter Princess Rhaenyra.
Game of Thrones is a story fueled by hunger for power, greed, betrayal, and political scandals. House of the Dragon will likely be one as well, but with the addition of more dragons and dragon riders blazing through the skies, adding to the remarkable visual spectacle that made Game of Thrones an extraordinary series.
House of the Dragon cast
Not only will House of the Dragon showcase a lot more dragons, it’ll also feature an ensemble cast that includes Paddy Considine (The Third Day, The Outsider) as King Viserys I Targaryen, Emma D’Arcy (Truth Seekers) as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel, Vanity Fair) as Queen Alicent Hightower, Matt Smith (Doctor Who, The Crown) as Prince Daemon Targaryen, Rhys Ifans (Elementary, Berlin Station) as Ser Otto Hightower, Steve Toussaint (Doctor Who) as Lord Corlys Velaryon, and Sonoya Mizuno (Ex Machina) as Mysaria.
When is House of the Dragon airing
The exact premiere date of House of the Dragon is yet to be announced with HBO confirming that it will launch in 2022. With a teaser trailer released this month, fans can expect the House of the Dragon release date is drawing closer. House of the Dragon will consist of 10 episodes. Meanwhile, all seasons of Game of Thrones are available to watch on-demand on Foxtel, in case you want to rewatch the epic series.
|House of the Dragon||Release Date||Providers|
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How many seasons are there of House of the Dragon?
House of the Dragon is a 10-episode series with no information yet on whether there will be succeeding instalments. For comparison, Game of Thrones aired for eight seasons so it is likely that House of the Dragon will get more than one season to cover the crucial events of Fire & Blood.
Miguel Sapochnik, who won a Primetime Emmy for directing the Game of Thrones episode ‘Battle of the Bastards’, and Ryan Condal will serve as co-showrunners, with Sapochnik also directing the pilot episode and other episodes throughout the season.
Which Providers will show House of the Dragon
House of the Dragon is an epic fantasy series created by George R. R. Martin and Ryan Condal for HBO. In Australia, Foxtel owns HBO’s programming rights, which could mean the upcoming show will be available in the country via Foxtel, Foxtel Now, and BINGE.
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|Foxtel from Telstra||Yes|
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How to watch House of the Dragon in Australia?
House of the Dragon will premiere in Australia via BINGE and Foxtel‘s FOX Showcase, which is also available on Foxtel from Telstra and Foxtel Now. FOX Showcase is part of the Foxtel Plus bundle, while Foxtel Now users can find the channel as part of the Essentials pack. Being an HBO series, House of the Dragon won’t be available on free-to-air.
Stream House of the Dragon on BINGE
BINGE offers HBO shows exclusively alongside Foxtel so fans in Australia can expect for the Game of Thrones prequel to be available with the streaming TV service. With a 14-day free trial, you may begin your epic fantasy binge right away. Yes, the streaming platform offers a 2-week free trial new customers can take advantage of to stream the premiere of the series once it launches. You can then choose from three streaming tiers following your free trial’s expiration.
A Basic subscription costs $10 per month and allows you to stream in Standard Definition on one device. A Standard Plan is $14 per month and enables you to enjoy in standard or high definition on two devices. The BINGE Premium Plan ($18 per month) is the last alternative, allowing you to stream on up to four screens/devices in SD or HD. BINGE plans are all ad-free. All three plans are subject to cancellation at any time.
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Stream House of the Dragon on Foxtel Now
You can also watch House of the Dragon when you sign up for a free 10-day trial with Foxtel Now. This package also offers the opportunity to watch shows online and on the go via the Foxtel Go app. After your free trial period expires, the Foxtel Now base pack called Essentials pack is only $25 per month.
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Watch House of the Dragon on Telstra
Alternatively, you can watch every episode of the show with Foxtel or BINGE Telstra offers. Foxtel from Telstra (including Foxtel Now from Telstra) offers the exact same programming as a standard Foxtel service but is often available at a reduced monthly cost. With every Foxtel from Telstra offer you can also watch House of the Dragon on the move using the Foxtel Go app. The BINGE Telstra offer gives you the first three months of your subscription absolutely free when you sign up via Telstra!
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House of the Dragon trailer
Bringing us closer to the highly anticipated premiere of House of the Dragon is the teaser trailer that HBO Max has just unveiled. Check it out below.
Other TV shows on Foxtel and BINGE
While waiting for the premiere of the House of the Dragon, you can check out other shows offered by Foxtel Now and BINGE. The Foxtel Now and BINGE library is home to a huge range of must-see TV Shows and Movies for all tastes and ages from around the world. From drama and action to thriller shows and documentaries, you’re never short of something to watch, all created by the biggest names in entertainment.
New titles are added each and every week so the choice is never an issue. These include hits like Friends, American Horror Story, The Walking Dead, and, of course, Game of Thrones, with all seasons available on-demand. We have made a few more suggestions when it comes to what’s on Foxtel below so there’s always something to search and to watch.
Streaming devices for BINGE and Foxtel
Here is a list of compatible devices that you can use to stream your favourite HBO shows with BINGE, Foxtel and Foxtel Now.
Devices supported on BINGE
– PC/Mac: Yes – Web browser only (Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Edge); supported on
– iOS Mobile Devices: Yes – iOS12+ including Apple iPhones/iPads
– Android Mobile Devices: Yes – Android Phone/Tablets OS 7+
– Google Chromecast: Yes – Chromecast Ultra, Chromecast 3rd Generation + & Chromecast w/ Google TV
– Apple TV: Yes – 4th Gen or higher; tvOS 12+
– Telstra TV: Yes – All models
– Android TV: Yes – OS version 7.0+ and above on selected devices
– Samsung TV: Yes – 2017 models or later
Devices supported on Foxtel/Foxtel Go
– PC/Mac: Yes – Web browser only (Chrome for PC; Chrome & Safari for Mac)
– iOS Mobile Devices: Yes – Via native app (iOS 9.3.5 or above)
– Android Mobile Devices: Yes – Via native app (Android 5 and above)
– Google Chromecast: Yes – Via casting (only on Multiroom service)
– Google Nest: Yes – Via compatible Chromecast device connected or built-in to your TV
– Apple TV: Yes – Via AirPlay (only on Multiroom service)
– Smart TVs: Yes – Via casting only (only on Multiroom service)