Game of Thrones Prequel Series Teases Start of Production With New BTS Pics

Alyssa Ray
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The time of the Targaryens is coming.

On Monday, April 26, it was confirmed that the Game of Thrones prequel series, titled House of the Dragon, is "officially in production." The highly anticipated series, which takes place 300 years before the famed GOT series, follows the forefathers of Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke).

Alongside a photo of the cast doing a socially distanced table read, the official Twitter account for House of the Dragon wrote, "Fire will reign. The @HBO original series #HouseoftheDragon is officially in production. Coming soon to @HBOMax in 2022."

And, to further excite fans, the Twitter account also shared a closer look at the House of the Dragon cast. First up, and the most notable name in the cast, is former Dr. Who and The Crown star Matt Smith. Per the social media update, Smith will play Prince Daemon Targaryen. Rounding out House Targaryen is actress Emma D'Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and actor Paddy Considine as King Viserys. There's also Steve Toussaint, who will play a character called The Sea Snake.

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House Hightower will also be represented in the new series with Olivia Cooke playing Alicent Hightower and Rhys Ifans playing Otto Hightower. Other cast members not photographed include Eve Best as Princess Rhaenys Velaryon, Sonoya Mizuno as Mysaria and Fabien Frankel as Ser Criston Cole.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Fire will reign 馃敟<br>The <a href="https://twitter.com/HBO?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@HBO</a> original series <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HouseoftheDragon?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#HouseoftheDragon</a> is officially in production. Coming soon to <a href="https://twitter.com/hbomax?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@HBOMax</a> in 2022. <a href="https://t.co/tPX8n2IvGW">pic.twitter.com/tPX8n2IvGW</a></p>&mdash; House of the Dragon (@HouseofDragon) <a href="https://twitter.com/HouseofDragon/status/1386727680293412864?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 26, 2021</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Apparently, the upcoming series will center on a civil war that threatened to tear apart the powerful House Targaryen. Will this shed some light on the Targaryens' motto, "Fire and Blood"? We hope so.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen.<br>The <a href="https://twitter.com/HBO?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@HBO</a> original series <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HouseoftheDragon?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#HouseoftheDragon</a> is officially in production and coming to <a href="https://twitter.com/hbomax?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@HBOMax</a> in 2022. <a href="https://t.co/7TLn4cSru5">pic.twitter.com/7TLn4cSru5</a></p>&mdash; House of the Dragon (@HouseofDragon) <a href="https://twitter.com/HouseofDragon/status/1386733037514285068?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 26, 2021</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

This TV update comes over a week after GOT celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the premiere. All month long, HBO commemorated the milestone with "maraThrones."

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower.<br>The <a href="https://twitter.com/HBO?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@HBO</a> original series <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HouseoftheDragon?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#HouseoftheDragon</a> is officially in production and coming to <a href="https://twitter.com/hbomax?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@HBOMax</a> in 2022. <a href="https://t.co/FOUBieuhE5">pic.twitter.com/FOUBieuhE5</a></p>&mdash; House of the Dragon (@HouseofDragon) <a href="https://twitter.com/HouseofDragon/status/1386733904585965570?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 26, 2021</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Of course, House of the Dragon is just one of several GOT spinoffs in the works. As we previously reported, one project in development will focus on The Sea Snake, who HBO described as "the most famed nautical adventurer in the history of Westeros." It's also said that a series based on George R.R. Martin's Dunk & Egg novellas is in development. There's also a stage play in the works.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Steve Toussaint as The Sea Snake.<br>The <a href="https://twitter.com/HBO?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@HBO</a> original series <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HouseoftheDragon?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#HouseoftheDragon</a> is officially in production and coming to <a href="https://twitter.com/hbomax?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@HBOMax</a> in 2022. <a href="https://t.co/9jq1O6wEA6">pic.twitter.com/9jq1O6wEA6</a></p>&mdash; House of the Dragon (@HouseofDragon) <a href="https://twitter.com/HouseofDragon/status/1386730733176295427?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 26, 2021</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

So, it's safe to say there's still plenty of Westeros to explore. For more Game of Thrones news, click here.

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