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The ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel: Who the Internet thinks will be cast

For those who didn’t get enough dragons, savage violence, and full-frontal nudity from Game of Thrones, there’s more to come in the new prequel series being produced by HBO titled House of the Dragon

Obviously another series featuring the fantasy world created by George R.R. Martin would be highly anticipated and House of the Dragon is no exception. Few details are known about the series though we do know House of the Red Dragon will be based on the history of the Targaryen house in Fire & Blood

Casting for House of the Red Dragon is in the preliminary stages but that doesn’t stop us from wondering who might portray the ancient kings & queens of Westeros. Here’s who the internet thinks might snag a leading role. 

The story of the dragon house 

The source material for House of the Red Dragon is from Martin’s book Fire & Blood which recounts the history of the Targaryen house from the family’s escape of the Doom of Valyria to building a new kingdom on Dragonstone. The book goes on to recount the Targaryen dynasty’s rule in Westeros. House of the Red Dragon will specifically focus on the epic civil war that nearly destroyed the Targaryen house. 

We know that Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen & her step-mother, Queen Alicent Hightower will be a part of the series for sure as casting calls were recently announced for both characters. This means that King Viserys I, father of Princess Rhaenyra as well as Rhaenyra’s younger half-brother Aegon II Targaryen will also potentially be leading characters. 

The focus on the Targaryen civil war – or the Dance of Dragons – will bring to life the story of Princess Rhaenyra who was intended to be the first female ruler of Westeros. However, the ambitious Queen Alicent has other ideas and plots to have her son Aegon II take the throne instead, unleashing a fiery war. 

Series specifics 

We won’t get to see House of the Red Dragon until 2022 but writing has already begun and we know that HBO has ordered ten episodes of the series. The screenwriter for House of the Red Dragon is Ryan Condal who wrote the show Colony as well as action films such as Hercules & Rampage. Condal will create the show with input from Martin. 

House of the Red Dragon will have two showrunners, Condal & Game of Thrones veteran Miguel Sapochnik. As well as showrunning, Sapochnik, who led filming on several GoT’s biggest battles such as “The Long Night”, “Hardhome”, and “Battle of the Bastards”, will also direct the pilot and several other episodes. 

George R.R. Martin will reportedly be more hands on with House of the Red Dragon but only after the author has finished his sixth book, The Winds of Winter. Martin has also teased that House of the Red Dragon will revisit many of the locations it filmed in GoT, including Iceland, Ireland, Croatia, Morocco, and Spain. 

Casting the roles 

Now that casting is underway, fans are eager to begin speculating on which actors will bring to life the regal line of Targaryens. We have a few specifications to work with, such as the casting call for Rhaenrya asking for a caucasian woman in her late 20s and Alicent’s casting call having roughly the same demands, only slightly older. 

Despite the limited information, those who have read the Targaryen history have begun to piece together a cast list. Rhaenyra for instance has been cast with actresses like Jodie Comer, Kaya Scodelario, or Kathryn Winnick. Rachel Weisz is a favorite to portray the calculating Queen Alicent and Travis Fimmel to play her son Aegon II. 

It’s quite possible that many roles will be cast with lesser-known actors as in GoT. Emilia Clarke didn’t get to be a household name until after she was known as the Mother of Dragons. Still, if House of the Red Dragon is anything like GoT there will be plenty of roles to cast and too many names to remember.

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