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Let's Dissect The First Official 'House Of The Dragon' Cast Photos

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Let's Dissect The First Official 'House Of The Dragon' Cast Photos

Is it getting hot in here, or is it the burning fire of tension radiating off these new House of Dragon photos? The Game of Thrones spinoff revealed a first look at a few key characters on Wednesday, May 5, and — awkward family portrait vibes aside — they all look like they're plotting each others' murders already.

The Game of Thrones prequel, which will take place hundreds of years before GoT, just started production a few weeks ago, but it seems that the leaked photos from set has prompted HBO to release official stills. Of course, they're still keeping some secrets. The photos only give fans a look at five of the main characters — Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Emma D'Arcy), Prince Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith), Lord Corlys Velaryon (Steve Toussaint), Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans), and Alicent Hightower (Oliva Cooke) — but there's already a lot to unpack. Let's take a closer look.

Alicent Hightower & Otto Hightower

Image: Ollie Upton/HBO

Otto Hightower is the Hand of King Viserys Targaryen (see the official Hand of the King pin Dany gave Tyrion on his right lapel). According to his official character description, he "loyally and faithfully serves both his king and his realm" and is suspicious of Daemon, the King's brother. A man who starts out as "loyal" and "faithful"? Sounds like a doomed character to me (though book readers might disagree).

Then there's Alicent, Otto's daughter, who is described as "the most comely woman in the Seven Kingdoms." In addition to her good looks, she also boasts a "keen political acumen" and, like her father, is a trusted advisor. Based on her clothes and jewelry, it's obvious she's a lady of stature, and her position next to her father suggests the two work together closely. However, something tells me her ambition far exceeds his.

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