House of the Dragon, HBO's prequel series to Game of Thrones, will premiere on Aug. 21. Both HBO and HBO Max have rights to the program, which means they're back to the good old days of a combined network/streaming air date and time.
At the time new episodes are released, here's all Game of Thrones lovers need to know about House of the Dragon.
When does House of the Dragon premiere?
House of the Dragon's first episode will be available on HBO and HBO Max on Sunday, Aug. 21 at 9 p.m. It's important to know that HBO has East Coast and West Coast feeds for cable television providers there. So if you get HBO West but also subscribe to HBO Max, you can catch the episode at 6 p.m. PDT instead of 9 p.m. PDT.
When will the rest of the episodes air?
House of the Dragon will be available weekly on Sundays on HBO and HBO Max's 9 p.m. schedule. There will be ten episodes in total for House of the Dragon, with the season 1 finale scheduled for October 23.
Before entering the House of the Dragon, what should I know?
As a prequel, you may go into this having never seen a second of Game of Thrones (though you can now catch up on HBO Max in 4K and HDR). Half of the intrigue will come from seeing events that are linked to the main series.
Weve written a primer on House Targaryen, the main characters in House of the Dragon, that you may want to read first before you sink in to Episode 1 on Sunday. The show is based on George R.R. Martin's 2018 novel Fire & Blood and is set about 200 years before the events of the original series.
Who stars in House of the Dragon?
King Viserys Targaryen, played by Emma DArcy, is portrayed by Matt Smith as Visery's younger brother Prince Daemon. Rhys Ifans is Otto Hightower, the Hand of the King to Viserys, and Steve Toussaint is Lord Corlys Velaryon, an important Targaeryen friend.