House of the Dragon's Ryan Condal explains the secret to getting his prequel adaptation right

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24 Jun 2024, 11:06

House of the Dragon's Ryan Condal

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With season two of House of the Dragon well underway, its showrunner has spoken about creating the hit series.

Episode two of season two landed on Sky and NOW early this morning (24th June), continuing the narrative of the Game of Thrones’ prequel, as Westeros finds itself on the brink of a bloody civil war, with the Green and Black Councils fighting for King Aegon and Queen Rhaenyra, respectively.

The series is adapted from George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood, and takes place approximately 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones. It is co-created by Ryan Condal, who also acts as writer and executive producer.



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Speaking to and other press at the UK Premiere of House of the Dragon season two last week (10th June), Ryan told us: “Our challenge was justifying our existence in a world where Game of Thrones existed. So I think that was the big thing for us coming in.”

From the red carpet of the event at London’s Leicester Square, he continued: “But the edict that I gave everybody that worked on this show is, 'When in doubt, we just want to make the show that we all want to see as fans and that I personally, specifically want to see as a huge fan of the original show and of the original books.' 

“I think there's a lot of variables that come into the making of this. But whenever you get lost, the compass heading always goes back to, ‘What do I want to see as a fan?’”

Returning cast members include Doctor Who’s Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke from Slow Horses as Alicent Hightower, and Wanderlust’s Emma D’Arcy as Rhaenyra Targaryen. 

At the UK Premiere, Matt told us why he has grown “quite fond of” his character, Prince Daemon Targaryen: “He's got his own set of morals, which somehow, even though to the rest of the world, they don't really make sense but to Daemon Targaryen they absolutely do. And I think there's something about that that I respect ultimately.”

He added; “Look, I like him! I think you do, when you play someone. You grow quite fond of them.”

Olivia Cooke also recently joined the Chris Evans Breakfast Show with webuyanycar today, where she revealed why “the pressure felt really intense” when making the show.

Meanwhile, HBO Max has announced exciting news regarding the future of the Game Of Thrones prequel series. Read more here.

House Of The Dragon Season Two airs on Sky and NOW.

For more great interviews listen to The Chris Evans Breakfast Show with webuyanycar weekdays from 6:30am on Virgin Radio, or catch up on-demand here.