When to watch new episodes of ‘House of the Dragon’

After many years of anticipation Game of Thrones prequel series House of the Dragon finally premieres on Sunday, possibly ushering in a new reign for HBO’s hit fantasy franchise over the television realm.

Based on George RR Martin’s tome Fire & Bloodthe spin-off focuses on House Targaryen about 200 years before the events of GoT. Although Daenerys and Jon Snow are not slated to appear, their silver-haired ancestors will take center stage, including King Viserys (Paddy Constantine), Princess Rhaenyra (Emma D’Arcy) and Prince Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith). Given the content of its source material, House of the Dragon expected to cover a major Targaryen civil war called the Dance of Dragons, so we can expect more GoT-style political sabotage, fighting, betrayal and power struggles.

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As with all things GoTHBO is still tight-lipped about plot points, but a deeper look at Fire & Blood and a few pieces HotD episode titles (those that have already appeared on TV Guide) offer a few tips on their own.

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For example, the premiere episode reflects “Heirs of the Dragon”. a chapter title in Fire & Blood: “Heirs of the Dragon – A Question of Inheritance.” As the name suggests, this chapter covers the naming of a successor to King Jaeherys (his nephew Viserys was chosen over Jaeherys’ own daughter, Princess Rhaenys). And the second episode’s title, “The Rogue Prince”, refers to Prince Daemon. It’s the title of a novel Martin wrote – which focuses on the relationship of Daemon and his brother Viserys – which exists in 2014 Rogues anthology.

Of course, these only provide vague clues as to where the incoming episodes are headed; and pondering how A song of ice and fire were adapted for television, parts of the story or entire characters may be changed for the screen. However, Martin is still listed as executive producer, while Ryan Condal (Rampage, Colony) and Miguel Sapochnik (who famously directed GoT episodes like “Hardhome” and “Battle of the Bastards”) are ongoing.

We will see how it all develops from Sunday, August. 21, when House of the Dragon premieres. New episodes are released on Sundays at 9 PM ET on both TV (HBO) and streaming (HBO Max). Take a look at the schedule below and plan your weekends accordingly.

  • Episode 1: Sunday, Aug. 9 p.m. ET
  • Episode 2: Sunday, Aug. 28 at 9 p.m. ET
  • Episode 3: Sunday, Sept. 4 at 9 p.m. ET
  • Episode 4: Sunday, Sept. 11 at 9 p.m. ET
  • Episode 5: Sunday, Sept. 18 at 9 p.m. ET
  • Episode 6: Sunday, Sept. 25 at 21 A.M
  • Episode 7: Sunday, Oct. 2 at 9 p.m. ET
  • Episode 8: Sunday, Oct. 9 at 9 p.m. ET
  • Episode 9: Sunday, Oct. 16 at 9 p.m. ET
  • Episode 10: Sunday, Oct. 23 at 9 p.m. ET

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To get your dragon fix during the week, you can always re-watch episodes Game of Thrones on HBO Max. All eight seasons are streamed on the platform.

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