‘House of the Dragon’ HBO: A guide to key characters, houses

Game of Thrones introduced the audience to the various houses, big and small, that populate the lands in and around Westeros – starting with the Targaryens, Starks, Baratheons and Lannisters. Set almost 200 years before the events of the flagship series House of the Dragon, which airs Sunday on HBO, it depicts the distant ancestors of well-known houses and introduces viewers to lesser-known clans that orbit the seat of the Seven Kingdoms of Power , The iron throne.

Initially, House of the Dragon focuses primarily on members of House Targaryen, the current ruling family, and their closest allies. But the Game of Thrones prequel series boasts a sizable cast of characters, often with names that differ little from someone just as significant. Here’s a guide for those we meet at Sunday’s premiere who we expect to play key roles in the series to come.

House Targaryen

A noble family of Valyrian descent who left their homeland before its collapse. The Dragonriders clan became the first ruling house of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros thanks to a successful conquest led by King Aegon Targaryen; The family ruled Westeros for nearly 300 years. To keep their bloodlines pure, Targaryens often married their siblings or cousins. (“Game of Thrones” fans know how that turned out.) The Targaryens, one of the most iconic houses in the franchise, are still prosperous when House of the Dragon begins, but peaceful times don’t generally lead to eventful ones TV .

Viserys Targaryen (Paddy Considine)

King Viserys Targaryen (Paddy Considine) rules the Seven Kingdoms when the story begins on HBO "house of the dragon."

King Viserys Targaryen (Paddy Considine) rules the Seven Kingdoms when the story begins on HBO’s “House of the Dragon.”

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The current ruler of the Seven Kingdoms and the fifth Targaryen king to sit on the Iron Throne. Viserys was chosen by the Great Council to succeed his grandfather, King Jaehaerys Targaryen, over his older cousin, Princess Rhaenys Targaryen, because he was the eldest male descendant of the king.

Demon Targaryen (Matt Smith)

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Prince Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith) has his eye on the Iron Throne.

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King Viserys Targaryen’s younger brother and heir presumptive, or so he believes. A formidable warrior, Prince Daemon serves as the commander of the King’s Landing City Guard. The prince has his eye on the Iron Throne, but key figures don’t believe he’s capable of ruling.

Rhaenyra Targaryen (Boy: Milly Alcock, Adult: Emma D’Arcy)

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Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Milly Alcock) in The House of the Dragon.

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King Viserys Targaryen’s firstborn child who rides a dragon named Syrax. She grew up watching her father wish for a son to ensure his succession.

Rhaenys Targaryen (Eva Best)

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Rhaenys Targaryen (Eve Best) is The Queen That Never Was.

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The grandchild of King Jaehaerys Targaryen who, as his eldest living descendant, was entitled to the Iron Throne. She has been known as “the queen that never was” since the Great Council passed her by. Princess Rhaenys is the cousin of King Viserys Targaryen, who inherited the crown instead. She is married to Lord Corlys Velaryon.

House Hightower

An ancient and powerful noble house whose ancestral seat is in Oldtown – where the Citadel is located – in the region known as the Reach. Known for their wealth, the Hightowers are linked to the Tyrells, a house that Game of Thrones fans are probably more familiar with.

Otto Hohenturm (Rhys Ifans)

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Ser Otto Hightower serves as the Hand of the King.

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The Hand – or chief adviser – of King Viserys, loyal to both his king and the realm. Ser Otto does not believe that Prince Daemon Targaryen is fit to become King Viserys’ heir, and their dislike is mutual. Father of Alicent Hightower.

Alicent Hightower (Boy: Emily Carey, Adult: Olivia Cooke)

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Alicent Hightower (Emily Carey) is close friends with Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen.

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A close friend of Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and daughter of Ser Otto Hightower, Alicent grew up in the Red Keep. Described as one of the most attractive women in all of Westeros, she is also said to be close to King Viserys Targaryen.

House Velaryon

The Velaryons are a noble house descended, like the Targaryens, from an ancient Valyrian bloodline. The influential family is a vital ally of House Targaryen, so their wealth – and their pedigrees – are intertwined. The Velaryons also have the largest navy in Westeros. Although House Velaryon was extremely wealthy and powerful at the time of House of the Dragon, they don’t even appear in Game of Thrones.

Corlys Velaryon (Steve Toussaint)

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Lord Corlys Velaryon (Steve Toussaint) is known as “The Sea Serpent”.

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The most famous seafaring adventurer of Westeros, also known as “The Sea Snake”. Thanks to Lord Corlys, the Velaryons are a powerful house, said to be richer than the Lannisters. Lord Corlys is married to Princess Rhaenys Targaryen and they have two children: Laena and Laenor Velaryon.

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