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The prequel toGame of Thrones has been a long time coming for those who were disappointed in the initial series finale, which wrapped back in summer 2019. But even before then, George R. R. Martin had released another book in the GoT saga titled Fire & Blood in 2018 that depicted the rise of the Targaryen family, and their ultimate demise. Now, fans of GoT (and newcomers to Westeros) have been enthralled with the book’s much-anticipated adaptation: House of the Dragon.
The series is set 200 years before Game of Thrones during a time of peace in the Seven Kingdoms — but not for long. House of the Dragon documents the last surviving Dragonriders of the world, and the ruling family of Westeros, the House Targaryen. So far, the series has focused on Rhaenyra Targaryen, who begins the season as the princess of Westeros. The show will dive into the epically bloody civil war, the “Dance of Dragons,” and the reason for the House Targaryen’s feeble numbers in GoT.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch House of the Dragon online, plus how to binge Game of Thrones the complete series for free online and catch up before the prequel airs.
House of the Dragon Premiere Date and Time
House of the Dragon premiered online on August 21. New episodes air on HBO every Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/PT, and become available on HBO Max at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT.
How to Watch House of the Dragon Online
Want to watch House of the Dragon online? House of the Dragon‘s first season airs exclusively on HBO, so HBO Max is the only place you’ll be able to stream new episodes of House of the Dragon online, so you’ll need to sign up for a subscription (if you aren’t already) to watch the buzzy series online.
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An HBO Max ad-free plan costs just $14.99 each month, while an HBO Max subscription with ads runs $9.99 each month. If you want to stream House of the Dragon and other series on the platform without interruptions, you won’t be disappointed by paying the few extra bucks for the ad-free plan.
Your HBO Max subscription lets you stream House of the Dragon online, as well as the previous eight seasons of Game of Thrones. New episodes of House of the Dragon will premiere every Sunday, and you can watch the new season of House of the Dragon on-demand as episodes hit the streaming service.
How to Watch House of the Dragon Free Online
HBO Max doesn’t currently offer a free trial to stream House of the Dragon online free, but the streamer is offering a new promotion so you can save on your subscription.
Right now, you can save over 40% when you prepay for a year, compared to paying monthly for 12 months. This summer promo brings the cost of annual plans down to $69.99 and $104.99 (normally $99.99 and $149.99). The deal ends 10/30 (see HBOMax.com for details), so act fast if you want to watch House of the Dragon before the first season ends.
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House of the Dragon: Number of Episodes, Cast
The first season of House of the Dragon from creator-showrunners Ryan J. Condal and Miguel Sapochnik includes 10 episodes. This new series will feature cast members Paddy Considine, Emma D’Arcy, Milly Alcock, Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Emily Carey, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best, Fabien Frankel, Sonoya Mizuno, and Rhys Ifans.
Starting with Episode 6, which aired on September 25, House of the Dragon saw a major casting shake-up as the show jumped forward ten years. Most notably, Emma D’Arcy took the reins from Milly Alcock as Rhaenyra Targaryen, and Olivia Cooke replaced Emily Carey as Alicent. Some of the cast remains the same, including Matt Smith as Daemon Targaryen.
Will There Be a House of the Dragon Season 2?
If you’ve been enjoying the GoT prequel thus far, here’s some good news: House of Dragon has officially been renewed for Season 2, with the news coming just days after the show’s first episode came out on HBO Max.
The prequel series’ renewal did not surprise anyone, as the first episode raked in a dragon-sized 25 million viewers during its first week. However, fans were surprised to hear that co-showrunner Miguel Sapochnik will be leaving House of the Dragon after the first season to work on other HBO projects.
Head to HBO Max now to start watching House of the Dragon now.
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