From ‘Laurence of Arabia’ to ‘House of the Dragon,’ the Spanish Commissions Handling Some of History’s Most Cherished Locations (2023)

The wealth of Spain’s attractions as a big-shoot locale are in the details. To that end, below are the 37 Film Commissions or Film Offices that form part of the nationwide Spain Film Commission network, as well emblematic shoots, locations and initiatives:

It was launched in 2008 to support shoots at Alicante’s Ciudad de la Luz studios, such as J.A. Bayona’s “The Impossible” and Ridley Scott’s “The Counselor.” Connected by high-speed train and an international airport, Alicante’s Santa Bárbara Castle featured in Movistar+’s “Tell Me Who I Am,” and Netflix’s “Money Heist” used its beaches and port. With Ciudad de la Luz reopening, international producers are returning, with Guy Ritchie’s “The Interpreter” shooting in the area.

Boasting flagship destinations such as Tabernas — Europe’s biggest desert, which hosted “Lawrence of Arabia,” “Game of Thrones,” “Exodus: Gods and Kings” and “The Crown” — the AFC offers diverse locations, assisting 1,100 international and national projects a year, serviced by highly experienced local professionals. Launched in 1998, the AFC published pioneering studies on the economic impact of filming, which, says AFC’s Piluca Querol, have “served to activate tax incentives in Spain and value the audiovisual sector for the administration and citizens.”

Well-known locations: The Loarre Castle in Ridley Scott’s “Kingdom of Heaven” and Belchite (“Spider-Man: No Way Home”). Other titles involving AFC: “The Promise,” “The Sisters Brothers” and “Vampire Academy.” A comfortable drive from the Pyrenees, Barcelona and Madrid, a new film fund is open to international co-productions. “We are showing that the audiovisual sector contributes to generating wealth,” says AFC’s Natalia Martínez.

Launched in 2016, the APNFC has rapidly positioned itself as a benchmark asset, hosting Sergio G. Sánchez’s Lionsgate-sold “Marrowbone” and Netflix’s “Sospecha.” Iconic locations include Gijón’s Laboral Ciudad de la Cultura complex, welcoming Movistar+’s “The Zone,” and church Santa María del Naranco, a pre-Romanesque jewel seen in Woody Allen’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.” Competitive advantages: Relatively unused locations, and a small- to medium-sized administration, facilitating connection with producers.

A frequent choice for tourists visiting Madrid, Avila is small but highly connected, just one hour from the Spanish capital, and a World Heritage site, surrounded by its famed medieval wall. The 1960s classics “Doctor Zhivago,” “Chimes at Midnight” and “King of Kings” lensed there. Some scenes of Antonio Banderas and Penélope Cruz’s 2020 Mediapro Studio’s “Offical Competition” rolled in the Lienzo Norte Center, also used in Plano a Plano-Netflix title “Valeria.”

Benidorm has a spectacular skyline, urban beaches and more than 39,000 hotel beds. “We’re accustomed to numerous events in public spaces, so we manage permits and space reservations in a very fast and efficient way,” says BFO’s Rosa Llorca. Since 2014, BFO has contributed to productions from Spain: “It Snows in Benidorm,” “Fugitiva” and international shoots such as “Le mond est a toi” and “Ad Vitam.” Further top locations: the Dos Calas Coast Road in the Sierra Helada Natural Park.

Since 2014, it has supported Prime Video’s “Sin límites,” Disney+’s “Balenciaga,” Atresmedia’s “Presunto culpable” and Netflix’s “The Platform.” Locations span islet San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, “Game of Thrones’” Dragonstone and Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum, seen in James Bond ’s “The World Is Not Enough.” Beginning in 2023, Bilbao- Bizkaia looks set to offer a remarkable up-to-70% in tax credits. “We’re on the big production companies’ radar,” says BBFC’s Agustín Atxa. “The new tax incentive will reinforce Bilbao-Bizkaia as a film-TV industry reference.”

A major international shoot destination offering an extraordinary 45%-50% tax rebate capped at €18 million ($18.4 million) includes key locations Llano de Ucanca and Minas de San José in Teide National Park, in Tenerife, where “Wrath of the Titans” shot. “Eternals” filmed on Lanzarote’s Cuervo Volcano. Further shoots include “Han Solo: A Star Wars Story,” “Wonder Woman 1984” and “Fast & Furious 6.” “Wehave managed to position ourselves as a differentiated territory and be recognizable as a brand,” says CIF’s Natacha Mora.

Taking advantage of Cantabria’s natural settings and architectural heritage, regional shoots escalated 42% in 2021 vs. 2019. Netflix’s “Diecisiete,” Plano a Plano series “La Verdad” and Telecinco Cinema’s “Casi Familia” figure among standout shoots. Key locations take in the Sobrellano Palace in Comillas (“La Residencia,” “La Herencia de Valdemar,” “Sexykiller,” “Primos,” “El color de las nubes”). “We aim for sectorial growth to be sustainable and sustained over time,” says CFC’s Victor Lamadrid.

Carmona, 19 miles outside Seville, has hosted film shoots since the 1940s. But since 1999, when the CFO launched, these have increased, led by iconic local films “Solas” by Benito Zambrano and Vicente Aranda’s “Carmen.” Its Puerta de Sevilla Alcazar has been seen in high-profile series such as Movistar+’ “The Plague” and in films such as “Manolete” and Blas Infante biopic “Una pasión singular.”

From ‘Laurence of Arabia’ to ‘House of the Dragon,’ the Spanish Commissions Handling Some of History’s Most Cherished Locations (2)

A strategic enclave connecting southern and central Spain, Castilla La Mancha offers resources and scenery without the need to travel far. HBO’s “30 Coins” and RTVE’s “The Department of Time” lensed in Ciudad Real’s Palace of the Marquis of Santa Cruz. Álex Pina shot “Sky Rojo” in the Barrancas de Burujón nature reserve, a mini Great Canyon. The area’s network of 350 municipalities has gained widespread trust with producers and location managers.

One hour from Madrid, the region boasts four world heritage cities. Prime Video’s “El Cid” filmed in Burgos Cathedral. Segovia’s hermitage of San Frutos provided one setting for “Money Heist.” CYLFC also backed “30 Coins,” Alejandro Amenábar’s “While at War,” Prime Video’s “3 Caminos” and RTVE’s “Isabel.” “Proximity to Madrid and good communications make it possible to reduce filming costs,” says CYLFC’s Pilar de Diego.

CFC coordinates a network of film friendly towns, offering a locations directory with more than 16,000 entries. Since the 1950s, the region has hosted international shoots such as “Pandora and the Flying Dutchman,” “The Passenger” and “Game of Thrones.” Recent productions: Tom Holland’s “Uncharted” and Carla Simón’s “Alcarràs.” Catalonia injects more than $37 million a year into the industry. New Spanish pics shot there include San Sebastian 2022 opener “Prison 77” and official selection titles “Wild Flowers,” “La Maternal,” “Cork” and “The Yellow Ceiling.”

Globally popular after the lensing of “Game of Thrones,” other notable series shot in Extremadura include “Isabel,” Netflix’s “La Catedral del Mar,” Prime Video’s “Hernán” and “Inés del Alma Mía” as well as Sundance pic “Cerdita.” Cáceres and Los Barruecos featured in “GOT”; further locations such as Cerro de Masatrigo shine in several TV commercials. “Any scenario you can think of can be found in Extremadura,” says EFC’s Flora Picón.

Launched in 2016, Film Madrid provides fast connections to the rest of Spain and the world. It collaborates with 179 municipalities, including Madrid, the Sierra de Guadarrama National Park, Alcalá de Henares, Aranjuez and San Lorenzo de El Escorial. Set up north of Madrid, Netflix’s first European Production Hub produced “Money Heist” and “The House of Flowers.” Recent big international shoots include Wes Anderson’s “Asteroid City.” “Accessibility, permit delivery times and occupancy costs are our main competitive advantages,” says Film Madrid’s Rafael Cabrera.

“The Ibiza brand adds production value to locations when they include it in narratives,” says IFC’s Andreu Fullana. The old town of Dalt Vila hosted Netflix’s “White Line”; Apache’s “The Europeans” shot in Cala Mastella. With a solid tourist infrastructure and stunning locations, Ibiza also welcomed Netflix’s “Machos Alfa” and Starzplay-Bambú’s “Nacho.” IFC hosts an audiovisual industry meeting in April and aims to have sponsorship and subsidy lines for projects in 2023.

Recently launched IBFC covers Formentera, Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca with 1,073 miles of coastline plus 369 beaches. More than 200 audiovisual projects shoot per year and all locations are close: Travelling from the sea to mountains takes just 10 minutes. Key production companies there include Palma Pictures, involved in high-profile productions such as Netflix’s “The Crown” and “White Lines,” Amazon’s “Hanna” and BBC’s “The Night Manager.”

La Rioja, in northern Spain, concentrates diversity in a small area, from snowy postcard landscapes to stretches of vineyards, natural caves, large waterfalls and historical monuments. LRFC supported Ficción Producciones’ shoot of Prime Video’s Saint James Way tale “3 Caminos” at La Grajera and Santo Domingo de la Calzada. La Rioja offers “short distances, low production costs and strategic locations,” says LRFC’s Andrea Álvarez. Launched in 2018, the public-private film commission has ramped up film support via institutional sponsorships.

Launched in 2017 by the City Council of Madrid, it boasts “a combination of creative talent, highly qualified professionals and competitive service companies,” says MFO’s Raúl Torquemada. It offers classic Madrid locations such as the Gran Vía and Plaza Callao, seen in “Money Heist,” and Cibeles, used in Telecinco Cinema’s “Way Down.” Madrid has doubled for Mexico (“Terminator: Dark Fate”), New York (“Soulmates”), Buenos Aires (“Tell Me Who I Am”) and Moscow (“In From the Cold”).

From ‘Laurence of Arabia’ to ‘House of the Dragon,’ the Spanish Commissions Handling Some of History’s Most Cherished Locations (3)

Alongside the Málaga Film Festival, MFO forms part of municipal entity Málaga Procultura. Since 2001, more than 3,000 MFObacked projects landed in Málaga, repping expenditures of $102 million. The Old Provincial Prison hosted “Black Mirror,” while La Concepción Botanical Garden received “The Crown.” Further high-profile shoots: Warner Bros. Netflix’s “Operation Mincemeat” and Lionsgate’s “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard.” After 2020’s tax incentive hike, “we are receiving more foreign productions, with the advantages that this entails,” says MFO’s Belén Carrasco.

Since the 2020 incentive increase, fiction shoots have surged, especially international productions. Main perks, per MFC’s Pedro Barbadillo: “A wide range of locations, 300 days of annual sun, solid services industry, connectivity.” “The Night Manager” and “White Lines” filmed at La Fortaleza Villa; Pareis Torrent hosted “Cloud Atlas.” Additional shoots include series (“The Mallorca Files,” “The Crown”) and films (“The Hustle,” “El Ventre del Mar”). Region offers some $2 million per year in production funding, including co-productions.

The Balearic island “brings to the table proximity, hours of sunshine, de-massification and landscape,” says MFC’s Miguel Huesa. A free public service operated by the tourist board, the MFC kicked off in 2021. It has participated in Hugo Silva starrer “Faro,” a horror thriller set at the Favàritx lighthouse. Estrella Damm shot a commercial on Macarella beach. MFC works side by side with the local hotel industry, and launched a line in sponsorship this year.

This desert landscape in central Aragón launched its commission in 2014. Agustí Villaronga’s “Uncertain Glory” lensed in the Carthusian monastery of Nuestra Señora de las Fuentes and the Jubierre Desert. Goya-Award winner Pilar Palomero used the Monegrillo’s arid landscapes in “La Maternal.” Advantages of filming in Los Monegros: “Speed and simplicity when dealing with small administrations, the ease of obtaining permits in a sparsely populated area,” says MFC’s Natalia Arazo.

With an attractive 35%-40% in tax deductions, regional subsidies and a Cultural Patronage Law, Navarre has consolidated its film-TV industry as a strategic sector. The Bardenas Reales badlands hosted the iconic tank battle of “Patton,” Terry Gilliam’s “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” and represented the Dothraki Sea in “Game of Thrones.” The Baztán Valley became one more character in Atresmedia’s film trilogy “The Legacy of Bones,” and the Irati jungle in Paul Urkijo’s “Irati.”

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PONTEVEDRA PROVINCIA FILM COMMISSION Despite PPFC just launching in 2022, Galicia’s Pontevedra has a long tradition of film shoots. Luis Tosar-starrer “El lápiz del carpintero” filmed on Vigo’s Cies Islands, and Pedro Almodóvar’s “The Skin I Live In” lensed in A Estrada’s Pazo de Oca. The latest shoot, again in the Cies, is the Amazon-Bambú series “Un asunto privado,” starring Jean Reno. Pontevedra boasts overflowing nature, coastal towns, cities combining tradition and modernity, castles and vineyards.

Since its creation in 2004, “SFC has established itself as one more institution within the city,” says SFC’s Enrique Cantabrana. It hosts some 60 annual productions covering a great variety of artistic styles. Alejandro Amenábar’s “While at War,” Columbia-Relativity’s “Vantage Point” and Ridley Scott’s “1492: Conquest of Paradise” filmed in its emblematic Plaza Mayor. Scenes of Milos Forman’s “Goya’s Ghosts,” Prime Video’s “Magi” and “While at War” filmed on Compañía street, in the historic center.

From ‘Laurence of Arabia’ to ‘House of the Dragon,’ the Spanish Commissions Handling Some of History’s Most Cherished Locations (5)

Home to the San Sebastian Film Festival, the province has spectacular landscapes and architecture and its own tax system with 35% breaks. Woody Allen’s “Rifkin’s Festival” filmed on Concha Bay, while local blockbuster “Spanish Affair” lensed in Guetaria and Zumaya. The Miramar Palace hosted HBO’s “Patria” and “Vampire Academy.” “Game of Thrones” lensed on Itzurun Beach. Recent initiatives: A catalogue on sustainability in audiovisual productions.

SCFC’s activity is growing substantially with 10 audiovisual productions in 2002 but 52 in 2021. Locations in Galicia’s capital combine contemporary architecture with a rural environment. “The Skin I Live In” lensed there, as did “3 Caminos” and “Operación Marea Negra” (Prime Video), “O Sabor Das Margaridas” (Netflix) and “Rapa” (Movistar+). The end destination of the famous St. James Way, its Plaza del Obradoiro and old quarter hosted Emilio Estévez’s “The Way.”

This ancient Castilian city and its province have a long tradition of international shoots — “Chimes at Midnight,” “Patton,” “Conan the Barbarian.” Operating for over a decade, SFO has positioned Segovia as a preferred destination for productions, offering jewels such as the Alcázar Cathedral and Roman aqueduct. Locations such as the Old Jail have been visited by Atresmedia’s “La Novia Gitana.” Babieka’s “La Voz del Sol” filmed in May in the historical Plaza Mayor.

Although SFO launched in 2020, a shoots office has operated since Seville’s Plaza de España can be seen in “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones.” Its Real Alcázar hosted “Game of Thrones,” “The Plague,” “Kingdom of Heaven” and “The Wind and the Lion.” SFO’s main bet is Sevilla Hub Audiovisual, a production complex aimed at converting the city into a destination for the industry.

Castilla y León’s Soria boasts varied landscapes, which appeared in “Doctor Zhivago.” Its monuments and towns feature in “Chimes at Midnight.” Richard Lester’s “The Three Musketeers” lensed in the Berlanga de Duero Castle and El Cañón del Río Lobos Natural Park. Since 2019, SFC attracts, manages and facilitates filming in the city and the province. A great advantage, SFC points out, is the ease of obtaining film permits.

A Unesco City of Film since 2017, Terrassa is strategically located close to Barcelona, the Mediterranean and the Pyrenees. TFO has provided services on J.A. Bayona’s “A Monster Calls,” Liam Neeson’s “Marlowe” and Netflix’s “Hache” and “Alma” — plus Uma Thurman-starrer “Blackwood (Down a Dark Hall).” Terrassa’s PAC studio hosts countless shoots on its soundstages but also in close-by locations such as the old Hospital del Tórax and the emblematic Cecot building.

Valencia welcomed international shoots such as Disney’s “Tomorrowland,” the BBC’s “Doctor Who,” HBO’s “Westworld,” Movistar+ s’ “The Pier” and Pedro Almodóvar’s “Pain and Glory.” The futuristic City of Arts and Sciences complex and La Albufera Natural Park figure among Valencia’s flagship locations. Active since 2015, the VFO aids the local audiovisual industry, often acting as an intermediary with public administration. It allows free access for lensing on the city’s streets and beaches.

From ‘Laurence of Arabia’ to ‘House of the Dragon,’ the Spanish Commissions Handling Some of History’s Most Cherished Locations (6)

Since 2014, VFC has supported more than 300 shoots across Valladolid and its environs. Sony Pictures’ “Voy a pasármelo bien” and Prime Video’s “Magi” lensed in the historic town center, which takes in the Plaza Mayor and the Patio Herreriano Museum. This province boasts historic towns, stunning vineyards and pine forests. Designated a UNESCO Creativity City of Film in 2019, Valladolid has been linked to cinema since the 1955 launch of the Valladolid Film Festival. Strengthening its industry profile, it launched Shooting Locations Marketplace in 2021.

Prime Video’s “Un asunto privado” filmed in Vigo for nearly six months over 2020-21, one of the Galician city’s longest shoots. Javier Bardem-starrer “Mondays in the Sun” and HBO’s series “Agua Seca” shot at the emblematic Vulcano boatyard and Port of Vigo; Netflix’s feature “Un hombre de acción” is set in Vigo’s historic quarter. The VFO provides logistic advantages with its proximity to Portugal, a competitive hotel offers and the Ifevi fairground.

Vitoria-Gasteiz is the ancient capital of Basque province Álava. Its medieval quarter hosted Netflix’s “Handia.” Flagship locations include reservoirs Ullibarri- Gamboa and Legutio, where Juanma Bajo Ulloa’s “Baby” and Goya award-winning “Maixabel” both filmed. “Being a small territory is a competitive advantage,” says VGFO’s Ana Ruiz. “We can handle film permits quickly and easily.” Álava offers 30% tax credit on investment in audiovisual productions.

“Zaragoza was already a movie city. Now we are maximizing its value,” says ZFO topper Adriana Oliveros of the bureau, which was created in 2020. Since then, “The Interpreter,” “Vampire Academy” and Pilar Palomero’s “Las Niñas” have landed there. The Aragonese capital is surrounded by deserts and crossed by the Ebro River. Locations include the emblematic Plaza del Pilar and the Juan Antonio Labordeta Park. Jake Gyllenhaal filmed “The Interpreter” at its air base.



Will there be season 2 of House of the Dragon? ›

House of the Dragon's first season entered production in the spring of 2021, before airing in August 2022. Production on season two is expected to get underway early in 2023, and it is also expected to contain far more action than seen in season one, now that the fabled “Dance of the Dragons” is officially underway.

Where in Spain was House of the Dragon filmed? ›

Cáceres and Trujillo, Spain

Various locations in the historic city were used extensively to represent the streets of King's Landing in House of the Dragon. As filmagens em Cáceres vão começar! The medieval town of Trujillo, 45km east of Cáceres, was also used for filming, according to the Spanish newspaper Hoy.

What is the story of House of the Dragon? ›

House of the Dragon is based on the fictional popular history book Fire and Blood. The book, which was released in 2018, charts the history of House Targaryen from the arrival of King Aegon I Targaryen (AKA Aegon the Conquerer) in Westeros to the early days in the reign of King Aegon III Targaryen.

Did House of the Dragon got Cancelled? ›

House of the Dragon was officially renewed for Season Two—two days before fans could even get a taste of the second episode of Season One (!). The Game of Thrones prequel series shattered records for the most-watched debut episode in HBO history, bringing in roughly 25 million-plus people in its first week.

What is next for House of the Dragon? ›

Filming will begin in early 2023; no premiere date has been set yet. Hopefully, House of the Dragon season two will return quickly, but HBO has not confirmed anything about release dates yet. Filming is set to begin in 2023, so we may not see season two until 2024. We'll update this story as soon as we learn more.

How many episodes are there in House of the Dragon? ›

Why is House of Dragon so dark? ›

In watching the behind-the-scenes featurette for the episode, it's revealed that much of the Driftmark scenes were shot day-for-night. This means that while the scenes were captured in broad daylight, they were later adjusted and color-corrected to look like they were shot at night.

What illness does viserys have? ›

Viserys' actor, Paddy Considine, revealed on the West of Westeros podcast that the king is suffering from a 'form of leprosy'. But how close is this disease to leprosy in reality?

Did King Viserys have a dragon? ›

Viserys' dragon Balerion died of old age before 'House of the Dragon' In the year 93 AC, Viserys claimed a dragon named Balerion. At one point, Balerion was one of the mightiest and largest dragons around. He was known as the “Black Dread” due to the color of his scales, wings, and even his fire.

Is House of dragons real story? ›

House of the Dragon is an American fantasy drama television series. An independent prequel to Game of Thrones (2011–2019), it is the second show in the franchise, created by George R. R. Martin and Ryan Condal for HBO. Both series are based on the A Song of Ice and Fire novels by Martin.

What happens at the end of House of dragons book? ›

It ends with Princess Rhaenyra and Prince Daemon's son Aegon III marrying Alicent's granddaughter, Jaehaera, thus uniting the two feuding branches of the Targaryen house.

Who ends up on the throne in House of the Dragon? ›

Thus, House of the Dragon ended its first season with Rhaenyra hearing that her father, who had named her his heir, has died and her brother (literally from another mother), Aegon II, has taken the Iron Throne.

How many dragons are there in House of Dragon? ›

As of the finale, there are 16 dragons in House of the Dragon: Syrax, Caraxes, Vhagar, Meleys, Seasmoke, Vermax, Arrax, and Vermithor. Tyraxes, Moondancer, Sunfyre, Dreamfyre, Silverwing, and three wild dragons have also been mentioned.

Is House of Dragons 2022 Cancelled? ›

House of the Dragon has been renewed for a second season, HBO announced on Friday. This news comes as no surprise, considering the show's premiere episode debuted to record-breaking numbers for HBO, luring more than 20 million viewers across platforms—the largest audience for any new original series in network history.

How many seasons will be there in House of the Dragon? ›

It is going to take four full seasons of 10 episodes each to do justice to the Dance of the Dragons, from start to finish.”

Does viserys have greyscale? ›

House of the Dragon's King Viserys I Targaryen suffers from a strange affliction that's related to his final fate in the book "Fire & Blood." Warning: SPOILERS ahead for House of the Dragon season 1! Whatever disease King Viserys I Targaryen has in House of the Dragon, it's not Greyscale.

Who is the new dragon in House of the Dragon? ›

Who is Vermithor? Known as “Bronze Fury,” because of his bronze wings, Vermithor is around 100 years old by the time of the Dance of Dragons. He's one of the largest living dragons, second only to Aemond's dragon Vhagar.

How old is Rhaenyra? ›

Milly Alcock, who plays young Rhaenyra, is 22. As of the mid-season time jump, Rhaenyra is aged up to 27, then—as of episode 8—to 33. Emma D'Arcy, who plays the older Rhaenyra, is 30.

Who does Rhaenyra targaryen marry? ›

Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen

Is House of the Dragon on Netflix? ›

House of the Dragon is available to stream exclusively on NOW. This is as the show airs on Sky Atlantic, one of the channels that is available on NOW in the UK.

How is House of dragon related to Game of Thrones? ›

'House of the Dragon' is the first spinoff series of HBO's massively popular fantasy drama 'Game of Thrones' to see the light of day. The series is a prequel and is set about 200 years before the events of the original show.

What color was Vhagar? ›

Martin's team and was told Vhagar was "bronze with greenish blue highlights and bright green eyes". According to Tyrion Lannister, Vhagar was large enough that one could ride a horse down her gullet. It is said that Vhagar's breath was so hot that it could melt a knight's armor and cook him inside.

Who is who in the House of the Dragon? ›

House of the Dragon

Why is hotd so dark? ›

"The Long Night," episode 3 of Season 8, was famously lambasted by fans for being too dark to watch. Cinematographer Fabian Wagner blamed HBO's video compression, claiming it added pixelation and darkened colors.

Why is Viserys missing fingers? ›

He's got a yucky cut on his back, plus he apparently cut his fingers on the many swords that make up his regal chair. (One scene showed him treating his injured fingers by letting maggots chew away the dead skin.)

Is Viserys the Ice King? ›

Viserys I Targaryen was the fifth Targaryen king to sit the Iron Throne, ruling from 103 AC to 129 AC.
Viserys I Targaryen.
Viserys I
AliasThe Young King
BornIn 77 AC, at King's Landing
DiedIn 129 AC (aged 52), at King's Landing
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Who wins daemon or Rhaenyra? ›

Turns out, Rhaenyra and Daemon are endgame, meaning they have a sexually tense relationship, eventually hook up, and get married—which is pretty significant from a power play perspective considering (1) they both want the throne and (2) their Targaryen union is almost sure to guarantee that happens—even though Alicent ...

Why are the targaryens crazy? ›

House Targaryen carries the trait for insanity in its bloodline. Over three hundred years of heavy inbreeding, marrying brother to sister whenever possible to "keep the bloodline pure," resulted in many of the medical problems seen with incest, particularly mental instability.

Did Alicent sleep with Viserys? ›

They married in 106 AC, despite the whispers of people who believed that the Hand had risen above himself. Some doubted Alicent's virtue, as rumors began circling that she had given her maidenhead to Prince Daemon, and had later even slept with King Viserys while Queen Aemma was still alive.

What is killing King Viserys Targaryen? ›

Succumbing to His Leprosy

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, actor Paddy Considine revealed that his character was suffering from a form of leprosy, which would be incurable at the time.

Who becomes king in House of Dragon? ›

Prince Viserys Targaryen

Following the death of Viserys, Rhaenyra's half-brother Aegon is installed as King by the Greens. In the finale of the first season, Daemon crowns Rhaenyra with her father's crown and she becomes the disputed ruler of the Seven Kingdoms.

Why do the dragons look different in House of the Dragon? ›

According to Ryan Condal, perhaps the biggest reason for the "House of the Dragon" dragons looking and acting so different from Daenerys' dragons, aka her "children" — Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion — in "Game of Thrones" is that they were not born of magic like their HBO predecessors.

Who was the first king in House of the Dragon? ›

Often referred to as Aegon the Conqueror, Aegon was the first king of Westeros. He married both of his sisters -- the Targaryens were doing it way before Jaime and Cersei Lannister -- Rhaenys and Visenya. The three of them each had dragons, which they used to unite the seven kingdoms of Westeros by force.

Do Rhaenyra and Daemon Targaryen have a child? ›

Aegon II, aka Aegon the Elder: Viserys and Alicent's firstborn son. Aegon III, aka Aegon the Younger: Rhaenyra and Daemon's first child together. Aegon Targaryen, aka Jon Snow: Yes, he comes much later, when a song of ice and fire plays out.

Who owns the Dragons in House of the Dragon? ›

The Greens have three adult dragons: Sunfyre (ridden by Aegon), Vhagar (ridden by Aemond) and Dreamfyre (ridden by Helaena).

Does Aemond kills Lucerys? ›

Aemond murders Lucerys in the book. In the book, as in the show, Rhaenyra's second son Lucerys takes out the right eye of Alicent's second son Aemond. He does so while defending his brother Jacerys from Aemond in a fight as children. Read More: Who Is the Hightower Family on House of the Dragon?

What is the prophecy in House of Dragons? ›

His legendary ancestor, King Aegon the Conqueror, had a vision that the world of men would fall, and understood that only his family of Aryan inbreds could save it. Viserys tells his daughter, Princess Rhaenyra, that Aegon “foresaw the end of the world of men.

Is episode 10 The last episode of House of the Dragon? ›

House of the Dragon Season 1 Finale: All the Fire and Blood Easter Eggs from Episode 10. “The Black Queen” ends the Game of Thrones prequel's first season with several moments ripped (and riffed) straight from the pages of George R.R. Martin's book.

What is Aegon's prophecy? ›

He tells Rhaenyra that Aegon foresaw “the end of the world of men”, which will begin “a terrible winter, gusting out of the distant north”. “Aegon saw absolute darkness riding on those winds, and whatever dwells within will destroy the world of the living,” he says.

Who is the largest dragon in House of the Dragon? ›

After all, Aemond Targaryen—King Aegon II's younger brother—rides Vhagar, the largest, oldest, and most fearsome dragon in Westeros.

Why don t all Targaryens have dragons? ›

Most of the Targaryen dragons died in a civil war known as Dance of the Dragons about a century and a half later, and after that, the only dragons the Targaryens had were the size of cats. Soon after the civil war ended, the last Targaryen dragons died, and the species was considered to be extinct throughout the world.

How many dragons Daenerys lost? ›

Like his siblings, Rhaegal and Viserion, Drogon was hatched from a clutch of three petrified dragon eggs given to Daenerys as a wedding gift. The Night King killed Viserion, and Rhaegal was (controversially) shot down by Euron Greyjoy, leaving Drogon as the last surviving dragon at the end of the series.

Will there be a time jump in House of the Dragon? ›

HBO's House of the Dragon leaped a decade into the future for episode 6, “The Princess and the Queen,” introducing the new Princess Rhaenyra (Emma D'Arcy, previously played by Milly Alcock) and Queen Alicent (Olivia Cooke, previously played by Emily Carey).

What timeline is House of the Dragon? ›

Where does House of the Dragon fall in the Game of Thrones timeline? The House of the Dragon timeline picks up approximately 172 years prior to the birth of Daenerys Stormborn and the death of her father the Mad King, Aerys – the last Targaryen to sit on the Iron Throne before Game of Thrones begins.

How many years before Game of Thrones is House of the Dragon? ›

'House of the Dragon' is set 200 years before the events of 'Game of Thrones'

Will there be a season 2 for House of the Dragon? ›

House of the Dragon was officially renewed for Season Two—two days before fans could even get a taste of the second episode of Season One (!). The Game of Thrones prequel series shattered records for the most-watched debut episode in HBO history, bringing in roughly 25 million-plus people in its first week.

How many seasons of House of Dragon will be there? ›

House of the Dragon planned to last three or four seasons.

What will happen in House of Dragon season 2? ›

The other houses of the Seven Kingdoms will be forced to take sides in Season 2, and while House of the Dragon may alter who sides with whom, in the source material Fire and Blood some of the major families that side with the Greens are House Hightower of Old Town, House Baratheon of Storm's End, House Lannister of ...

Is House of Dragon a success? ›

Episode 1 of House of the Dragon streamed on 21 August 2022 and literally shattered all records, becoming the most viewed HBO TV show. Let's find out everything about this sensational TV series.

How many people watched House of the Dragon? ›

According to WBD's chief financial officer Gunnar Wiedenfels, the premiere episode — which was already HBO's most-viewed premiere of all time when it debuted to 10 million viewers — has now been seen by over 30 million. “House of the Dragon” has already been renewed for a second season.

How long will House of Dragons last? ›

“It is going to take four full seasons of 10 episodes each to do justice to the Dance of the Dragons, from start to finish,” he wrote on his site.

Is House of the Dragon only 10 episodes? ›

The Game of Thrones spinoff crammed a 19-year family saga into 10 episodes of television—and somehow, it worked brilliantly. This story contains spoilers for the entire first season of House of the Dragon.

How many Dragons will be in House of the Dragon? ›

House of the Dragon's co-showrunner Miguel Sapochnik told Empire that season one would feature nine of House Targaryen's 17 dragons. While each dragon has its own look, the Game of Thrones alum says the creatures are easier to differentiate by their individual traits, as each dragon has its own personality.

Which dragons are in House of the Dragon? ›

Cannibal, Grey Ghost, and Sheepstealer

Finally, Daemon mentions three wild dragons who nest on Dragonstone. Though they do not yet have names in the show, we know from Fire & Blood they will come to be known as Cannibal, Grey Ghost, Sheepstealer.

Why is House of the Dragon so good? ›

House Of The Dragon's premiere marks a strong, well-cast start to the Game Of Thrones spin-off. This feels very close to its predecessor in tone and content, but immediately establishes a struggle for power around an amiable, weak-willed king, and vivid new characters to fight those battles.

Is there a time jump in House of the Dragon? ›

HBO's House of the Dragon leaped a decade into the future for episode 6, “The Princess and the Queen,” introducing the new Princess Rhaenyra (Emma D'Arcy, previously played by Milly Alcock) and Queen Alicent (Olivia Cooke, previously played by Emily Carey).

How long is the time jump in House of the Dragon? ›

A summary of the 19 years that have passed between Episode 1 and Episode 9.

What people think of House of the Dragon? ›

Many people have found themselves utterly enraptured by House of the Dragon, and for good reason. The characters are fun, the setting is engaging, and the ever-growing tension between the factions has left a lot of fans as worried as Rhaenyra and Alicent.

How Popular is the House of the Dragon? ›

Popular on Variety. “House of the Dragon” brought in 9.3 million viewers after airing its Season 1 finale on Sunday, according to Warner Bros. Discovery. This includes both linear viewers who caught the episode during its four airings on HBO's cable channel and HBO Max streams through the night.

How many people are watching rings of power? ›

The Rings of Power, Amazon's mega-budget TV prequel to Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings film franchise, is closing on 100 million viewers according to streamer big wig Jennifer Salke.

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