'House of the Dragon' Teaser: 6 Key Moments From the 'Game of Thrones' Sequel Trailer

The highly-anticipated first trailer for House of the Dragon, HBO Max's upcoming Game of Thrones prequel, is finally here.

Setting the tone of the series, the teaser first looks at the new characters and the origins of the infamous Iron Throne. We also get a confirmed, albeit very vague, release date for House of the Dragon.

Set centuries before the events of Game of Thrones, the complex fantasy world created by George R. R. Martin is on full display in the trailer, as the new season is based on his 2018 book Fire & Blood.

Here are five things to look out for in the first teaser trailer for the HBO Max series House of the Dragon.

1. First look at characters

Many of the characters we see in the trailer are instantly recognizable as members of House Targaryen, thanks to their strikingly blonde hair.

Matt Smith (Doctor Who) will portray Prince Daemon Targaryen and he plays a prominent role in the teaser. We see King Viserys I Targaryen, played by Paddy Considine (Hot Fuzz) and Emma D'Arcy (Wanderlust) who plays Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen.

The darker haired Hightower family are seen, too, with Olivia Cooke (Ready Player One) as Lady Alicent Hightower and her father Ser Otto Hightower, who is played by Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill). Otto Hightower wears the Hand of the King emblem on his chest.

More flashes of characters are seen but only in brief moments. There's also clips of medieval looking competitions, like sword fighting and jousting.

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The Targaryens return in the upcoming HBO Max series 'House of the Dragon.' HBO

2. New cast members

Previously unannounced cast members can be seen in the new trailer, according to HBO.

Alongside the release of the trailer, they announced new actors and characters, including Wil Johnson (Outlander) as Ser Vaemond Velaryon. John MacMillan (Chewing Gum) is Ser Laenor Velaryon, Savannah Steyn plays Lady Laena Velaryon and Theo Nate stars as Ser Laenor Velaryon.

The Velaryon name will be familiar to Game of Thrones viewers, as the name was often mentioned for creating the much coveted Valyrian steel.

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Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon, “The Sea Snake” in "House of the Dragon." Ollie Upton/HBO Max

3. The timeline relating to Game of Thrones

The teaser trailer confirms that what we're seeing in House of the Dragon is 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones.

On screen, the text reads, "200 years before the fall of the throne, a dynasty reigned." The dynasty in question is expected to be House Targaryen, who are the eponymous "House of the Dragon."

4. How the Targaryens ruled

The scene is set and the lore of House of the Dragon is explained via a voiceover from one of the characters, presumably Matt Smith's Daemon Targaryen.

He say, "Gods, kings, fire and blood. Dreams didn't make us kings, dragons did."

We don't see any physical dragons in the trailer, but we know that House Targaryen once ruled the Seven Kingdoms with the might of dragons. The House of the Dragon logo also features three dragons, which descends into flames at the end of the teaser trailer.

5. A bigger Iron Throne

The Iron Throne, whilst incredibly extravagant in Game of Thrones, seems to have been even bigger two hundred years ago.

The image we see in the trailer shows the throne sat in the familiar room of Westeros, only the arms of the throne seem to protrude further down the steps, onto the floor. This creates an even more menacing image of the throne, implying that more swords from fallen soldiers were used to create it.

6. Official release date

We don't get much information about the release date of House of the Dragon but we do now know that it is coming in 2022. That means that from the October release date of the first trailer, the new season will begin no sooner than three months' time but no later than 14 months' time.