“Game of Thrones”: why two swords are the stars of the new mega-series

The objects are much more important here than the people in the story…

“Game of Thrones” creator George R.R. Martin actually always knew it could also be the material for the long-awaited prequel “House of the Dragon” (Starting: Autumn 2022).

The filming of “House of the Dragon” on the English coast, the predecessor of the mega-series “Game of Thrones” in chronological order, has been going on for months.


First official photos from the GoT offshoot: Emma D’Arcy shines as Renera Targaryen and “The Crown” star Matt Smith as Damon Targaryen herePhoto: Ollie Upton/HBO

Fans gaze at every photo greedily, looking through armor and flags to try to identify which families want to transport each other to the afterlife with dragons and catapults. On the net, – supposedly – some of the big wigs of some actors are ridiculed.

But it’s worth taking a look at two steel details.

Because in the prequel, which takes place hundreds of years before the famous friction between the Lannisters, the Night King, and the ignorant Jon Snow, two swordsmen will play the lead.


Having fun on set in Cornwall: Millie Alcock as young Rainera Targaryen and Theo Nate as Lenore Valerian

Having fun on set in Cornwall: Millie Alcock as young Rainera Targaryen and Theo Nate as Lenore ValerianPhoto: SplashNews.com


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St Michael’s Mount in Cornwall: This is where filming begins for the new “Game of Thrones” series “House of the Dragon”Photo: Getty Images

swords as stars

The stories of the rival Targaryens (Dragon Riders) families revolve around the two most famous blades, invented by author Martin for his world of ice and fire. Their names: Blackfire and Darksister.

They are used to tell the whole story based on insider information. According to the books, both weapons were forged from Valyrian steel, the best metal out there in the fictional “Game of Thrones” continent of Westeros.


The Swords Darksister (left) and Blackfire - these are the stars of the new series

The Swords Darksister (left) and Blackfire – these are the stars of the new seriesPhoto:., Velvet Engine

Blackfair belonged to the later king Aegon Targaryen when it was conquered. He should not play a role in the series, but his relatives. Aegon II is said to carry the sword and fight some of the most spectacular battles in the series with it.

Against him, his relative: because Daemon Targaryen is the master of the Darksister, Blackfair’s sister Sword. The first season will revolve around the weapons and their owners.


Steve Toussaint as Lord Corliss Valerian

Steve Toussaint as Lord Corliss ValerianPhoto: Ollie Upton/HBO

What can fans expect?

“House of the Dragon” is based on the book “Fuer and Blut” by George R. R. Martin. The focus is on the Targaryens, who are among the most influential families who ruled the continent of Westeros a few centuries before Game of Thrones.

The special thing about them is their dragons, with the help of which they conquered Westeros and united its scattered kingdoms. But the good times don’t last long for the House of Targaryen, as the fight for the Iron Throne between half-siblings Rainera Targaryen and Aegon II, the so-called Dance of the Dragons, soon begins.


See detailed costume details: Olivia Cooke as Alisant Hohenturm and Rhys Ifans as Otto Hohenturm

See detailed costume details: Olivia Cooke as Alisant Hohenturm and Rhys Ifans as Otto HohenturmPhoto: Ollie Upton/HBO

As was the case with “GoT” before, the spin-off doesn’t save on characters. But who are the new faces of the series and which actors can we specifically look forward to?

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Paddy Considine

Paddy Considine, 48, is one of the first engagement broadcasters announced by HBO. The Briton has had a long career on stage and in films, for example as Simon Ross in “The Bourne Ultimatum” with fellow actor Matt Damon.

He played the monk priest John Hughes in “Peaky Blinders”. The next year he will appear as Viserys, the king of Targaryen.


Paddy Considine

Paddy ConsidinePhoto: FilmMagic

Olivia Cook

Olivia Cooke (27) became famous for the Oscar-winning film “Sound of Metal” and played a major role in Steven Spielberg’s film “Ready Player One”.

As Alicente Hohenturm she now plays the second wife of the Targaryen king Viserys.


Olivia Cook

Olivia CookPhoto: FilmMagic,

Emma D’Arcy

A relatively new commitment is Emma D’Arcy (29). You get a good taste of his talent in “Seekers of Truth” and “Wanderers”.

In “House of the Dragon” she plays Renera Targaryen, the eldest daughter of King Viserys, and is employed as the king’s heir to the Iron Throne.


Emma D'Arcy

Emma D’ArcyPhoto: Getty Images Entertainment / Getty Images

Matt Smith

Even as Prince Philip in the mega-series “The Crown” (Netflix), Matt Smith (38) delighted the audience. She also raised her profile with Arnold Schwarzenegger in “Terminator: Genisys”.

As Prince Damon Targaryen, he now plays the King’s younger, ambitious brother.


Matt Smith

Matt SmithPhoto: Picture Alliance / ZUMAPRESS.com

Graham McTavish

It is not yet known who plays Scottish-born Graham McTavish (60). But one thing is clear: fans certainly won’t be disappointed! Because Graham has a lot of experience, having already proved his skills in the Hobbit films and the series “Outlander”, among other things.


Graham McTavish

Graham McTavishPhoto: Getty Images

Eve Best

Eve Best (50) started her career with her role in “Nurse Jackie”. He was most recently seen as the director of Alfie in the Netflix series “The Winx Saga”.

As Rennis Valerian, she symbolizes the king’s sister and is also known as “the queen who never existed”.


Eve Best

Eve BestPhoto: ddp/Sophia Evans /eyevine

sonoya mizuno

“Ex Machina” featured Sonoya Mizuno (35) in front of the camera as Kyoko, and the British-Japanese actress can also be admired in “La La Land” and “Crazy Rich Asians”.

As Lis’s Massaria, Damon Targaryen’s lover and close confidante, Sonoya will soon appear in “House of the Dragon”.


sonoya mizuno

sonoya mizunoPhoto: Alliance / Pacific Press

fabian frankelli

Fabian Frankel (27) is still relatively unknown in the film world. He can be seen in front of the camera in supporting roles in “Last Christmas” and “Die Schlenge”.

As Ser Kristen Cole, he soon fights on the battlefield and is believed to be The Knight of Westeros. It’s good to hear!


fabian frankelli

fabian frankelliPhoto: Dave Bennett/Getty Images for ATG

rice if

Who doesn’t know him: Rice Ifans (54) has a lot to offer. Whether Dr. Connors as “The Amazing Spider-Man”, Xenophilius Lovegood in the world of Harry Potter or Spike in “Notting Hill”, he can do it all!

As Otto Hohenturm, the right hand of the king and father of Alicent Hohenturm, he will surely inspire us in the coming year as well.


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Rice IfansPhoto: Mike Marsland/WireImage

Steve Toussaint

Steve Toussaint (56), now known through “CSI: Miami” and “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time”, will play Lord Corliss Valerian, better known as “Sea Snake”. .

She is the wife of the head of the House of Valerion and the sister of King Viserys.


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Steve Toussaint with his partner for the premiere of “Prince of Persia” in 2009Photo: Getty Images Entertainment / Getty Images

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