“House of the Dragon,” the much-anticipated “Game of Thrones” prequel, exposes us to a whole new set of people. The series, set centuries before “Game of Thrones,” follows the tensions and drama of House Targaryen, Westeros’ strong, dragon-riding royal line. Aegon Targaryen, who may appear to be simply one of many family members but is likely to become one of the saga’s crucial figures, is one of the numerous new characters we’ll meet.
On “Game of Thrones,” who is Aegon Targaryen?
Prince Aegon Targaryen, played by Tom Glynn-Carney, is described as the “first-born son of Ruler Viserys,” the king at the time the series begins, in The official HBO character description (played by Paddy Considine). That depiction, on the other hand, grossly underestimates his importance as the tale unfolds.
It all goes back to the Targaryen clan’s history at the time. According to George R.R. Martin’s book “Fire and Blood” — and probably also in the TV adaptation – King Viserys has been married twice, resulting in a succession crisis. Queen Gemma, a member of House Arryn, is his first wife. Princess Rhaenyra is the sole surviving child of their marriage. Viserys proclaims Rhaenyra his heir after Gemma dies in delivery, along with what would have been their son and heir.
Viserys remarries Alicent Hightower (played by Olivia Cooke in “House of the Dragon”) only two years later, and the couple had two boys, the eldest of whom, Aegon, is ten years younger than his half-sister Rhaenyra. Despite the fact that he now has male heirs, Viserys still wants Rhaenyra to be his successor, much to the chagrin of his new queen and her court group. This plan remains in effect until Viserys dies when Rhaenyra is 32 and Aegon is 22 years old.
The Hightower party, along with a few others, decides to ignore Viserys’ desires and crown Prince Aegon as King Aegon II. After Aegon’s coronation, Rhaenyra is not even informed of her father’s death. This “stolen” crown sets off the Dance of the Dragons, a civil war in which rival Targaryen heirs Rhaenyra and Aegon, as well as their factions, fight to the death for the Iron Throne.
Will Aegon Targaryen Appear In Season 1 Of “House Of The Dragon”?
Glynn-Carney will appear as Aegon in “House of the Dragon” season one at some point, according to HBO’s “House of the Dragon” cast list, although his “additional cast” classification means he’ll be in a lower role than the series’ core actors. Bit “House of the Dragon” may take a while to set up Aegon’s story, it’s absolutely coming, and it’ll put him right in the middle of it all.
What Are The Members Of The Cast?
Eve Best, Sonoya Mizuno, Fabien Frankel, and Rhys Ifans will star alongside Paddy Considine (HBO’s The Third Day and The Outsider), Matt Smith (Doctor Who), Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, Steve Toussaint (It’s a Sin, Doctor Who), Eve Best, Sonoya Mizuno, Fabien Frankel, and Rhys Ifans.
Milly Alcock, Bethany Antonia, Phoebe Campbell, Emily Carey, Harry Collett, Ryan Corr, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jefferson Hall, David Horovitch, Wil Johnson, John Macmillan, Graham McTavish, Theo Nate, Matthew Needham, Bill Paterson, Phia Saban, Gavin Spokes, and Savannah Steyn are among the other cast members.
What’s Going On Behind The Scenes?
The series is co-created by Martin and Ryan Condal (Colony, Hercules).
Showrunners Miguel Sapochnik and Condal, as well as Martin, Sara Hess, Jocelyn Diaz, Vince Gerardis, and Ron Schmidt, serve as executive producers.
Sapochnik received Emmy and DGA awards for “Battle of the Bastards,” which he directed six times for Game of Thrones. In 2019, he was nominated for another Emmy for directing “The Long Night,” and as an executive producer for the final season, he won the Emmy for Best Drama Series.
The series is also directed by Clare Kilner (The Alienist: Angel of Darkness, The Wedding Date) and Geeta V. Patel (Meet the Patels, The Witcher). Director and co-executive producer Greg Yaitanes (Banshee, House) is on board.
Ramin Djawadi, the composer of Game of Thrones and Westworld, composed the music for the show.