George R. R. Martin and Ryan Condal are the creators of the HBO fantasy drama series House of the Dragon. It is the second season of the A Song of Ice and Fire franchise and a prelude to Game of Thrones. For the first season, Condal and Miguel Sapochnik directed the show. The series, which is based on Martin’s 2018 book Fire & Blood, takes place roughly 100 years after the Targaryen Conquest unites the Seven Kingdoms, almost 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones, and 172 years before Daenerys Targaryen is born. The series, which stars an ensemble cast, depicts the occasions leading up to the start of House Targaryen’s collapse, a brutal conflict of succession known as the “Dance of the Dragons”.
In July 2020, casting got under way. Paddy Considine was chosen to play Viserys I Targaryen in October 2020. Considine turned down a part in Game of Thrones because of the show’s mythical themes. Condal claimed that Considine was their first pick for Viserys in an interview from 2020. By December, Alicent Hightower, Daemon Targaryen, and Rhaenyra Targaryen had been cast as Olivia Cooke, Matt Smith, and Emma D’Arcy, respectively. Smith admitted to being initially apprehensive to take the lead in a Game of Thrones prequel in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. When he discovered Considine was involved in the initiative, he subsequently accepted the position.