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Game of Thrones: House of the Dragon – release date, trailer, plot, more

Published: 22/Sep/2020 15:00 Updated: 6/Oct/2020 17:23

by Jacob Hale

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Game of Thrones has been arguably one of the biggest TV shows of the 21st century — and a prequel, called House of the Dragon, looks set to take the world by storm once again.

Despite its controversial final season, Game of Thrones achieved more success than many TV shows could ever dream of. It had (and still does have) universal appeal and a diehard fan base thanks to its evocative and action-packed storylines.

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House of the Dragon is set to head back in time in the GoT universe, looking at Westeros and the Seven Kingdoms centuries before the events of A Song of Ice and Fire. Here’s everything we know about the upcoming spinoff series.

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HBO
The new show will be aired on HBO.

Release date

House of the Dragon was greenlit by HBO back in October 2019, just a few short months after Game of Thrones reached its finale, with Bran Stark on the Iron Throne after much fighting and deliberating throughout the show’s entire existence.

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As that was still only a year ago — and with the ongoing global health crisis holding back TV and film productions worldwide — we still don’t have a concrete date for House of the Dragon.

That said, we do know that the show is due to arrive in 2022 which, while it seems like quite the wait, seems very reasonable given how much needs to go into the show.

House of the Dragon plot

House of the Dragon goes back 300 years prior to the events we saw throughout Game of Thrones, focusing on the dragonlord ancestors of Daenerys Targaryen and “the beginning of the end of the once all-powerful dynasty that dominated the Seven Kingdoms.”

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We don’t know a lot about the names of the characters involved, though we expect to see some names crop up that may be familiar to the most dedicated Game of Thrones fans. There are three characters we know of, though. They are:

  • Rhaenyra Targaryen
  • Alicent Hightower
  • Daemon Targaryen

With that said, we don’t yet know the exact storyline set to feature in House of the Dragon, but we expect it to be as the Mad King himself.

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It will focus on the dragonlord ancestors of Daenerys Targaryen.

House of the Dragon trailers

Though there have been a number of fan-made trailers pop up, there no official trailers from HBO or the Game of Thrones crew thus far. 

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House of the Dragon cast

So far, there has been only one confirmed cast member for House of the Dragon, and that’s for the role of Viserys Targaryen. On October 6, it was revealed that Paddy Considine will be portraying the new king, who, according to the story, has recently succeeded the throne from his grandfather Jaehaerys.

Besides Considine, who has featured in other films and TV shows such as Peaky Blinders and The Outsider, no other actors have been confirmed for their roles, though we’ll be sure to update this page as and when casting announcements are made.

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So, that’s everything we know about Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon so far. It’s not a whole lot to go off, but as casting and production gets underway, expect a lot more news to come in the coming weeks. 

Before you know it, the show will be premiering — but until then, keep tabs on this page for the biggest updates and changes that occur to House of the Dragon.

World of Warcraft

Henry Cavill as Arthas in Warcraft 2 makes perfect sense: here’s why

Published: 7/Oct/2020 4:11 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 5:03

by Isaac McIntyre

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Okay World of Warcraft fans, it’s time to go all-in… Henry Cavill would make a perfect Arthas in Blizzard’s newly rumored Warcraft 2 revival, especially after proving he’s got the fantasy chops as Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s The Witcher.

The original Warcraft movie came out back in 2016, and landed with mixed reviews. World of Warcraft fans loved it, of course; seeing characters like Anduin, Medivh, Gul’dan, and Durotan brought to life on the big screen was a dream come true.

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Critics and general audiences were less convinced. Duncan Jones’ high-fantasy romp in the world of Azeroth was dubbed a failure. A sequel was stamped ‘highly unlikely’ after the box office flop. 

Except, just four years later, the Warcraft rumor mill has thundered back to life. Legendary Entertainment has already green-lit a sequel, according to insider Daniel Ritchman, with Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson involved.

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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the United States, but made $391.7m overseas.
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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the States, but made $391.7m overseas.

And so, with Warcraft 2 reportedly in development, that leaves us with the biggest question for the sequel; what will the story be? Will the franchise take it step by step, and tell the story of “Tides of Darkness,” or head for a better-selling sequel?

In our opinion, Blizzard’s best bet for the sequel is to skip straight to “Reign of Chaos” and it’s genre-defining expansion “The Frozen Throne.” The third game’s storyline has plenty of ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ elements.

Enter fantasy’s man of the hour, Henry Cavill.

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Arthas Menethil is key to Warcraft 3, and Cavill is a perfect pick to play him. The prince’s path to the throne is littered with huge battles, dastardly schemes, and of course, the biggest twist Blizzard’s Warcraft franchise has ever offered up.

Reason number one: I mean, look at Henry Cavill. That speaks for itself.

Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Arthas Menethil.
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Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Warcraft’s Arthas Menethil.

There are other reasons too though. One is that Cavill is a big World of Warcraft fan himself, meaning he’d likely be eager to sign on. I mean come on, the guy missed the news he had been cast as Superman because he was deep in a WoW raid.

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Former Blizzard figurehead Chris Metzen and Rise of the Lich King writer Christie Golden have both given Cavill’s fan-casting their tick of approval too; the Warcraft duo are well and truly “on the [Cavill as] Arthas train.”

Finally, Warcraft 2 will need ticket-selling star power. The first 2016 flick did have plenty of big names ⁠— Vikings lead Travis Fimmell was among them, as was Marvel’s Dominic Cooper ⁠— but none command the same household stardom as Henry Cavill.

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Cavill, 37, is a little old for Arthas in “Reign of Chaos” and “The Frozen Throne,” but if Legendary and Blizzard plan out a trilogy leading into “Wrath of the Lich King” ⁠— which they absolutely should ⁠— the British star will fit perfectly for Menethil’s final Warcraft hurrah.

Heck, cast a younger actor for the opening stage of the prince’s life, then bring Cavill in with a narrative time-jump in the third or fourth Warcraft movie.

Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.
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Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.

The Superman star isn’t the only name being linked to Warcraft 2 either. Fimmel is expected to return as Anduin in the sequel, as is Ben Schnetzer as Khadgar. Paula Patton has also said she’d “love” to return for another Warcraft outing.

The same insider reports that suggested Warcraft 2 is now in the works also tipped Jurassic World lead Chris Pratt as another star who has already been tabled a multi-movie deal.

Duncan Jones, who directed the 2016 release, also said he would happily return as long as there are “less cooks in the kitchen.” Blizzard has yet to officially respond to the reported new sequel, so take everything with a pinch of salt… for now.