View the enthralling new trailer for the Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon

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Swords! Politics! Dragons!

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House of the Dragon, HBO’s long-awaited prequel series to Game of Thrones, has finally received a second trailer.

This latest teaser, which arrives exactly seven months after the first, gives fans a closer look at the corrupt politics, breathtaking scenery, and dragon-induced catastrophe that fans have come to anticipate from George R. R. Martin’s famed fantasy universe.

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The 10-episode series, based on Martin’s 2018 novel Fire and Blood, will premiere on HBO Max on August 21 in the United States and other HBO Max regions. Episodes will be available on Sky Atlantic and Now TV in the UK at the same time as their American equivalents (on the morning of August 22).

The backstory of the Targaryen dynasty will be told in House of the Dragon, with events taking place 200 years before the events of the original episode. If the show’s new trailer is any indication, the major plot will follow the consequences of King Viserys Targaryen’s choice to name his daughter, Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, as the legitimate heir to the Iron Throne over Prince Daemon Targaryen.

Viserys, Rhaenyra, and Daemon will be played by Paddy Considine, Matt Smith, and Emma D’Arcy, respectively, though the trio will be joined by Rhys Ifans, Olivia Cooke, and Steve Toussaint as part of a large ensemble cast. Our dedicated hub has a more extensive summary of all the show’s characters — and their different roles.

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The latest teaser for House of the Dragon also provides fans a first look at HBO’s iconic fire-breathing dragons, which appear every bit as terrifying as we remember, and finishes with a chilling warning: “History does not remember blood.” It can recall names.” It’s a safe bet that by August, we’ll be treated to plenty of backstabbing nobles and warring warriors.

George R. R. Martin and Ryan Condal are directing the series, with Game of Thrones alum Miguel Sapochnik doing the most of the directorial duties.

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