With just a month to go before the premiere of the highly-anticipated Game of Thrones spin-off, House of the Dragon, HBO has released an official trailer.
The prequel is set two hundred years before the events of Game of Thrones and chronicles the beginning of the end of House Targaryen as a civil war spins out of its competing heirs.
The trailer sees Paddy Considine’s King Viserys I Targaryen face the urgent matter of choosing his successor.
The heir presumptive to the Iron Throne is his younger brother Prince Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith), but his firstborn child Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Emma D’Arcy) also has a claim - despite there never having been a Queen of the Seven Kingdoms.
Then there is Lady Alicent Hightower (Olivia Cooke), the most comely woman in the Kingdoms, who’s seen to be courting both the King and his throne.
The stage is set, then, for plenty more sword fighting, dragon riding and blond tresses.
House of the Dragon premieres on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV in the UK on 22 August 2022.