House of the Dragon Sneak Peek: 10 Years Later...

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HBO's House of the Dragon reaches a big turning point this weekend.

The Game of Thrones prequel will take viewers 10 years into the future, with Emma D'Arcy taking over from Milly Alcock, Olivia Cooke taking over from Emily Carey, and John Macmillan taking over for Theo Nate.

TV Fanatic got the chance to watch House of the Dragon Season 1 Episode 6, and it presents a big shift in the narrative, but it's pretty seamless.

Changes on the Horizon - House of the Dragon

HBO dropped a sneak peek at the highly anticipated episode titled "The Princess and the Queen" on its social media channels this week.

It picks up with Rhaenyra following the birth of her son, and she's been summoned to see the Queen.

Rhaenyra With Son - House of the Dragon

"Where are you going?" Laenor wonders.

"She wants to see him," Rhaenyra responds.

"Now? I'm coming with you," her husband says.

"I should hope so," says the princess.

"Let me take him," Laenor offers.

Rhaenyra and Daemon lead - Game of Thrones

"No, she'll get no such satisfaction from that," Rhaenyra shoots back. "

Just take my arm, at the least," Laenor says, adding: "Was it terribly painful?"

It is a great scene to give viewers a glimpse at the imminent change ahead.

House of the Dragon has emerged as a huge hit for HBO, with most recent averages putting the total viewership at 29 million per episode.

That number is huge, and highlights that the Game of Thrones franchise remains a big draw for HBO.

Many spinoffs are in development, and House of the Dragon has been renewed for Season 2.

“We are beyond proud of what the entire HOUSE OF THE DRAGON team has accomplished with season one," HBO said in a statement last month.

Learning More - House of the Dragon Season 1 Episode 5

"Our phenomenal cast and crew undertook a massive challenge and exceeded all expectations, delivering a show that has already established itself as must-see-TV."

"A huge thank you to George, Ryan, and Miguel for leading us on this journey. We couldn’t be more excited to continue bringing to life the epic saga of House Targaryen with season two.”

Catch new episodes Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO and HBO Max.

Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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House of the Dragon Quotes

I, Viserys Targaryen, first of his name King of the Andals, and the Rhoynar, and the First Men Lord of the Seven Kingdoms, and Protector of the Realm do hereby name Rhaenyra Targaryen Princess of Dragons tone And heir to the Iron Throne.


Aemma: You know I don't like you to go flying while I'm in this condition.
Rhaenyra: You don't like me to go flying while you're in any condition.
Alicent: Your Grace.
Aemma: Good morrow, Alicent.
Rhaenyra: Did you sleep?
Aemma: I slept.
Rhaenyra: How long?
Aemma: I don't need mothering, Rhaenyra.
Rhaenyra: Well, here you are, surrounded by attendants all focused on the baby.
Aemma: Someone has to attend to you. You will lie in this bed soon enough, Rhaenyra. This discomfort is how we serve the realm.
Rhaenyra: I'd rather serve as a knight and ride to battle and glory.
Aemma: We have royal wombs, you and I. The child bed is our battlefield. We must learn to face it with a stiff lip. Now take a bath. You stink of dragon.