Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon releases new trailer full of power struggles – and more incest

HBO has released the second trailer for its upcoming Game Of Thrones prequel series House Of The Dragon.

The new clip, which features more extensive footage than the first teaser, gives a hint at the royal intrigues in the court of the House of Targaryen.

Matt Smith stars as Prince Daemon Targaryen in the new show, which debuts on the network and its HBO Max streaming service on August 21.

House Of The Dragon is set 200 years prior to the events in the original Game Of Thrones series and details a civil war among the Targaryen family.

A future generation of the same royal family was represented by Daenerys Targaryen in the previous series. 

Although Prince Daemon is seen at the start of the teaser as he carries a dragon egg, he doesn't appear to be the only family member with designs on the throne.


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Princess Rhaenyra – who is also played at a younger age by Australian actress Milly Alcock – is initially seen as she surveys the sea surrounding the kingdom.

While she looks intently, Lord Corlys Velaryon is heard in voiceover: "What is this brief, mortal life, if not the pursuit of legacy?"

The teaser then hints at battles to come when a bearded Rhys Ifans is seen in full battle armour.

Back in King Viserys' court, it's made clear that his daughter Rhaenyra is his appointed heir as the heads of other royal families bow their heads and pledge their loyalty to the Targaryens.

But young Rhaenyra soon gets a warning about the dangerous lurking for powerful women.

"Men would sooner put the realm to the torch than see a woman ascend the Iron Throne," intones Princess Rhaenys Velaryon, a cousin to the king and the wife of Lord Corlys Velaryon.

Matt is the last face seen in the brief teaser, as he lights up an underground passageway with a torch.

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He looks up from a spot on the ground to see a massive dragon emerging from the dark, before it unleashes a ball of fire from its mouth.

House Of The Dragon is a prequel to HBO's massively popular series Game Of Thrones, which ran on the network from 2011 to 2019.

The series will launch on Monday, 22 August, on Sky Atlantic and the streaming service NOW in the UK and Ireland. 

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