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Release Schedule ‘House of the Dragon’ Episodes on HBO and HBO Max

After years of anticipation, the Game of Thrones prequel series House of the Dragon will finally premiere on Sunday, potentially ushering in a new reign for HBO’s hit fantasy franchise across the realm of television.

Based on George RR Martin’s book Fire & Blood, the spin-off focuses on House Targaryen, about 200 years before the events of GoT. While Daenerys and Jon Snow won’t make an appearance, 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 the source material, House of the Dragon is expected to cover a major Targaryen civil war called the Dance of the Dragons, so we can expect more GoT-style political sabotage, battles, betrayals and power struggles.

George RR Martin Fire & Blood: 300 years for a Game of ThronesCredit: Bantam

As with all GoT stuff, HBO is tight-lipped about plot points, but a deeper look at Fire & Blood and a few HotD episode titles (the ones already popped up in TV Guide) give a few hints in their own right.

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

Of course, these provide only vague clues of where the incoming episodes are headed; and given how A Song of Ice and Fire was adapted for TV, parts of the story or entire characters can be changed for the screen. However, Martin is still listed as an executive producer, while Ryan Condal (Rampage, Colony) and Miguel Sapochnik (who directed famous GoT episodes such as “Hardhome” and “Battle of the Bastards”) run the shows.

We’ll see how it all plays out from Sunday, August 21, when House of the Dragon premieres. New episodes will air Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on both television (HBO) and streaming (HBO Max). Check out the schedule below and plan your weekends accordingly.

Episode 1: Sunday, Aug. 21 at 9 p.m. ETEpisode 2: Sunday, Aug. 28 at 9 p.m. ETEpisode 3: Sunday, Sept. 4 at 9 p.m. ETEpisode 4: Sunday 11 Sept. at 9 p.m. ETE episode 5: Sunday, Sept. 4 18 at 9:00pm ETEpisode 6: Sunday, September 25 at 9:00pm ETEpisode 7: Sunday, October 2 at 9:00pm ETEpisode 8: Sunday, October 9 at 9:00pm ETEpisode 9: Sunday, October 16 at 9:00pm ETEpisode 10: Sunday, October 23 at 9 p.m. ET

HBO Max plans are $9.99 per month with ads or $14.99 per month without ads.

To get your dragon fix all week long, you can always rewatch episodes of Game of Thrones on HBO Max. All eight seasons are streaming on the platform.

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This story is being updated.

Erica Gonzales is the Senior Culture Editor at, where she oversees coverage of TV, movies, music, books, and more. She was previously an editor at There’s a 75 percent chance she’s listening to Lorde now.

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