We come here today with some precious new House of the Dragon footage for you. It’s not quite a trailer, but close enough! HBO has released a few short TV spots focused on Princess Rhaenyra, Prince Daemon, and the dragons.
Before we continue, I must warn that the TV spots themselves contain spoilers, though then again they may not mean much for those not acquainted with the story. My description of each spot, however, may be too spoilery for the Unsullied.
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The dragon TV spot, officially released on the House of the Dragon Twitter account, shows us a young Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock) petting Syrax as King Viserys (Paddy Considine) asks his daughter what she sees then she looks at the dragons; Rhaenyra sees the Targaryens themselves. Finally, over Daemon’s now famous “Dreams didn’t make us kings; dragons did” from the first teaser trailer, we see a few also familiar images from previous trailer.
Although not yet released online, a few TV watchers have recorded the other TV spots.
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The first one focuses on Rhaenyra. We see the young princess appointed her father’s heir at the Red Keep. Then, in the serpentine stairs of Dragonstone, we see an older Rhaenyra (Emma D’Arcy) surrounded by her family: her husband Laenor Velaryon (John Macmillan), who’s holding their baby Joffrey; and young Jacaerys and Lucerys, played by Leo Hart and Harvey Sadler respectively (Harry Collett and Elliot Grihault play the older Jace and Luke later in the season, just as Mily Alcock and Theo Nate play younger Rhaenyra and Laenor earlier.) Also, behind the family to the left, there is someone in their service that I believe to be Elinda Massey, Rhaenyra’s lady-in-waiting, who is played by Jordon Stevens. The man between Jace and Rhaenyra is Laenor’s lover, Qarl Correy, played by Arty Froushan.
Rhaenyra says she “won’t be a tyrant; rule through terror,” and we see her and Alicent shoot daggers at each other (with their eyes, it must be clarified; this is Westeros, after all.) Ser Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans) says, perhaps to his daughter Alicent: “You see her for what she is,” as we see him protected by Ser Harrold Westerling (Graham McTavish) and Ser Criston Cole (Fabien Frankel) of the Kingsguard, at the stand-off with Daemon on Dragonstone we’ve seen in several trailers. They, alongside Grand Maester Mellos (David Horovitch), cower when Rhaenyra flies over them on Syrax. Viserys shouts out: “We are family! This fighting must cease!”. Next up, the king, Rhaenyra and Laenor sideye Alicent as she passes the frame, perhaps at the latter two’s wedding. We end with quick shots of violence, some of which are new or extended: Laenor duels who I assume to be Qarl Correy (Arty Froushan); Daemon strikes someone with the dragon-helmet in his hand; Ser Criston strikes Daemon with his morningstar at a tourney; and a blood-stained young Rhaenyra repeatedly stabs something (or someone!) out of frame.
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The Daemon-focused promo, shared by someone going by Aegon II Targaryen (is that appropriate or heretical?), has the Rogue Prince seething as he says “We will restore the House of the Dragon to its proper glory.” Title drop! In terms of new footage, we see a young Alicent blowing out a candle; Daemon swinging a sword; new shots of a tourney in King’s Landing, with the Red Keep in the background; and a triumphant Daemon basking in the glory and the crowd loving it.
These are short promos, but there’s a lot of new footage, albeit in quick shots only. Did you see something that jumped at you? If any of you want to refrain from seeing any more trailers, I won’t blame you; the barrage of promotional material will only increase as the premiere approaches, and I’m sure many in the community want to remain as unsullied as possible. Obviously, I’m not one of those people.