How and when to watch House of the Dragon, the Game of Thrones prequel,

How and when to watch House of the Dragon, the Game of Thrones prequel, ...

House of the Dragon, HBO's prequel series to Game of Thrones, will premiere on Aug. 21. The program is available on both HBO and HBO Max, bringing back to the good old days of a combined network/streaming schedule.

When new episodes are released, here's what Game of Thrones lovers should know.

When does House of the Dragon premiere?

House of the Dragon will be available on HBO and HBO Max on Sunday, August 21 at 9 p.m. PDT.As TV subscribers know, HBO has East Coast and West Coast feeds for cable TV providers there. So if you get HBO West but also subscribe to HBO Max, you can catch the episode at 6 p.m. PDT.

When will the rest of the episodes air?

House of the Dragon will begin broadcasting weekly on Sundays on the same 9 p.m. schedule for HBO and HBO Max. There will be ten episodes in total for House of the Dragon, meaning the season 1 finale will air on October 23.

What do I need to know before entering the House of the Dragon?

As a prequel, you can go into this having never seen a minute of Game of Thrones (though HBO Max now supports it in 4K and HDR). Half of the intrigue will come from seeing events that are mentioned in the main series' dialogue or flashback.

Weve put together a primer on House Targaryen, the main characters of House of the Dragon, which is based on George R.R. Martins 2018 novel Fire & Blood about 200 years before the beginning of the original series.

Who stars in House of the Dragon?

Paddy Considine is the heir to the Iron Throne and the younger brother of Jaehaerys I Targaryen. Rhys Ifans is Otto Hightower, the Hand of the King to Viserys, and Steve Toussaint is Lord Corlys Velaryon, an important Targaeryen friend.