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In Season 1 of Game of Thrones (2011), George R.R. Martin, the author of A Song of Ice and Fire, wanted his prop head on a pike, but due to budget limitations they couldn't afford it back then. In a recent podcast, Ryan J. Condal (Showrunner of House of the Dragon) promised Martin that his head will be seen in House of the Dragon.
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The Iron Throne is greatly redesigned from Game of Thrones (2011). It is larger and asymmetrical to more closely match the description in George R.R. Martin's novels.
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With almost 10 million viewers, House of the Dragon's pilot was the most watched series premiere in HBO's history. The original Game of Thrones series also saw a huge spike in streaming data in the weeks heading the premiere of this show
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On his personal blog, George R.R. Martin stated: "I expect to be involved in [House of the Dragons] to some extent... and, who knows, if things work out, I may even be able to script a few episodes, as I did for the first four seasons of GAME OF THRONES. But... let me make this perfectly clear... I am not taking on any scripts until I have finished and delivered WINDS OF WINTER. Winter is still coming, and WINDS remains my priority, as much as I'd love to write an episode of HOUSE."
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Only 5 days after the initial airing of the pilot episode it was announced the episode reached viewership numbers of around 20 million across all official HBO platforms and the show was renewed for a second season.
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When a King or Queen is cut by the Iron Throne, it is considered by the people of Westeros as an omen that the person is not worthy of the Throne.
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Like its parent series, Game of Thrones, House of the Dragon portrays many of the characters as older than they were in the source material. King Viserys is portrayed as an aging man with graying hair (actor Paddy Considine is almost 50). Rhaenyra is shown initially as at least a teenager, perhaps a bit older. In the source material, Viserys was not yet thirty when his wife Aemma died, and Rhaenyra was only 8 years old when she was proclaimed as Viserys' heir.
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Milly Alcock, the actress that portrays 15 year old Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen was 21 during filming.
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Social media marketing campaign for the show started at April 2021, during the "Iron Anniversary", HBO's official 10th anniversary celebration of Game of Thrones (2011). Filming for the show started around that time as well.
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The series takes place 172 years before the birth of Daenerys Targaryen.
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The weirwood that Rhaenyra is seen at in the show is the stump of a weirwood that Sansa is seen praying at in season 3 of Game of Thrones. It is highly presumed that the king Baelor the Blessed ordered it be cut down because of his devotion to the Faith of the Seven as the weirwoods were revered in the religion of the Old Gods.
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After the success of the original Game of Thrones (2011) series, GoT's showrunners, producers and writers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were offered to be involved in this prequel series, namely as Executive Producers. However they refused, and opted to go do other things as part of their deal with Netflix.
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Miguel Sapochnik signed an overall HBO deal shortly after he completed his directorial duties on season 8 of Game of Thrones (2011). Whether or not that included doing one of the Game of Thrones prequels is up for debate but Miguel Sapochnik is coming in as an episodic director & co-showrunner on House of the Dragon (2022) looks to have been kept secret or a deal was made in the weeks prior of the announcement of House of the Dragon (2022).
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Milly Alcock told the New York Post that when filming the brothel orgy scene In season 1, episode 4, director Clare Kilner made sure that she and Matt Smith hadn't seen any of the extras until they were shooting. She said it was quite shocking and "kind of weird and silly" as they made their way through the naked bodies. She said, "There were extras who we had just met who were like, 69-ing for 12 hours. It's pretty gnarly. We felt pretty overdressed, because everyone else was nude."
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Steve Toussaint (Corlys Velaryon) auditioned for various roles on Game of Thrones (2011).
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Series creator Ryan J. Condal was set to produce a live-action series based upon Conan the Barbarian, with Miguel Sapochnik executive producing and directing some stories. Robert E. Howard, creator of Conan, is a strong influence on George R. R. Martin's writing.
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In this show, the dragon riders use the Valyrian word "Dracarys" as a command for their dragons to breath fire, like Daenerys Targaryen did in Game of Thrones (2011). In the books this command is unique to Daenerys, as the commands of past dragon riders were unknown. Dracarys has been made the standard command in House of the Dragon (2022) for a more cohesive world between the two HBO shows.
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Alicent Hightower (Emily Carey and Olivia Cooke) has reddish hair and is the daughter of the Hand, much like Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) on Game of Thrones. Although unlike Sansa, Alicent is not explicitly described as a redhead. It can be presumed that this is either a nod to Sansa or a nod to Alicent being from the Reach like her distant relative Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer), another redhead.
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The second spin-off of Game of Thrones (2011), following the 2019 pilot Unaired Game of Thrones Prequel Pilot (2019).
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As reported by Deadline in December 2020, Danny Sapani was in talks to play Corlys Velaryon. The role would end up being cast with Steve Toussaint.
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The Driftmark/Velaryon theme is the same melody as the song (It's Always Summer Under the Sea) that Princess Shireen sings in Game of Thrones (2011). In the books, she learned this song from her fool Patchface, who supposedly spent time with the sea people after being shipwrecked.
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Matt Smith had starred opposite Emilia Clarke in Terminator Genisys (2015). Emilia Clarke played Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones.
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Rhaenyra Targaryen's dragon is called Syrax. Syrax shares his name with a character from the Mortal Kombat video game franchise Cyrax.
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Matt Smith had previously played real life British monarch Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh (1921 - 2021) in the TV series The Crown (2016).
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Like House of the Dragon, Olivia Cooke had starred in a movie which was also based on a book called Ready Player One (2018) which was about a teenager who participates in a contest which the winner will inherit a virtual reality universe, which, a devious corporate chairman is bent on winning for himself. Game of Thrones was about 9 noble families of Westeros fighting for the Iron Throne.
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Olivia Cooke (Alicent Hightower) had starred in the science fiction film Ready Player One (2018). Like House of the Dragon, Ready Player One was based on a book by Ernest Cline. The movie was about a teenager who participates in a contest which the winner will inherit a revolutionary cyberspace universe which a devious corporate chairman is bent on winning for himself. Game of Thrones, which the series is a prequel to, was about several kingdoms of the fictional medieval land of Westeros fighting for the Iron Throne which the ruler of Westeros sat in and ruled. Tye Sheridan starred opposite Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) in the X-Men movies.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The dagger seen carried by Viserys is the same that is used in an attempt on Bran's life in Game of Thrones Season 1, as well as that used by Arya to kill the Night King in the final season. Locations that appeared in Game of Thrones include the room where Cersei will draw her map, as well as the Throne room, the Council room and the Tower of the Hand.
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The narrator at the beginning of episode 1 is actress Emma D'Arcy (Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen).
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Dragons are key characters in this series. To date, three dragons have been introduced on screen: Syrax - a golden yellow she-dragon, ridden by Rhaenyra; Caraxes - a red dragon, ridden by Daemon; Seasmoke - a grey-white dragon, ridden by Laenor Velaryon, son of Corlys Velaryon and Rhaenys Targaryen. Other dragons mentioned have been: Balerion The Black Dread - Aegon the Conqueror's dragon, now deceased. Last ridden by King Viserys. Balerion's skull is housed in the Red Keep, surrounded by flaming candles; Vhagar - a she-dragon from the time of the Conquest, currently believed to be living wild somewhere on the coast of the Narrow Sea; Dreamfyre - a she-dragon. An egg laid by her was chosen by Rhaenyra for the cradle of her newborn brother, Baelon. The same egg was later stolen by Daemon for his own future heir, but was retrieved by Rhaenyra. No further details about Dreamfyre are currently known.
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Elizabeth Olsen and Henry Cavill are rumored to join the cast in Series 2. Elizabeth Olsen auditioned for Daenerys Targaryen, but, lost out to Emilia Clarke. Elizabeth Olsen is rumored to be playing a younger version of Melisandre, played in Game of Thrones by Carice Van Houten and Henry Cavill is rumored to be play Aegon Targaryen I.
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