No queen has ever sat atop the Iron Throne, but when King Viserys I Targaryen (Paddy Considine) names Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Milly Alcock), his first-born child, as his heir, the Houses Stark, Velaryon and Baratheon unite behind the ruler of the Seven Kingdoms' decision.
However, when Viserys' younger brother, Prince Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith), disputes the ruling and the King bungles his opportunity to make his word final, any chance of a peaceful succession goes up in flames.
War is afoot, and you can read on to find out how to watch House of the Dragon online in New Zealand right now.
Premiere: Monday, August 22
New episodes: every Monday from 11am AEST
Cast: Paddy Considine, Emma D’Arcy, Milly Alcock, Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Emily Carey, Rhys Ifans
Streaming options: Neon
Family feuds tend to get more than a little heated when the Targaryens are involved. Being named Viserys' successor at such a young age means Princess Rhaenyra never had an opportunity to stake her claim to the Iron Throne, the most dangerous seat in the realm, and surely the least comfortable.
But in spite of the grand status of her uncle, a dragonrider and the most fearsome warrior in Westeros, she's determined to take back what she believes to be rightfully hers, no matter the price.
This being the brainchild of George R.R. Martin, the main players change faster than you can say "Dance of the Dragons", especially with the calculating Alicent Hightower (Emily Carey) and master puppeteer Princess Rhaenys Velaryon (Eve Best) corroding old alliances and forging new ones in those shadowy corners of the halls of power.
Brace yourself for a blitz of betrayal, bloodshed, and bleach blonde hair. Here's how to stream House of the Dragon in New Zealand.
House of the Dragon episode release dates
- Episode 1: Monday, August 22
- Episode 2: Monday, August 29
- Episode 3: Monday, September 5
- Episode 4: Monday, September 12
- Episode 5: Monday, September 19
- Episode 6: Monday, September 26
- Episode 7: Monday, October 3
- Episode 8: Monday, October 10
- Episode 9: Monday, October 17
- Episode 10: Monday, October 24
How to watch House of the Dragon: stream every episode online in New Zealand
By far the easiest and most affordable way to watch House of the Dragon in New Zealand is via the streaming service Neon.
Kiwi fans looking to watch the new Game of Thrones prequel series will of course need a subscription to said service, which is priced from NZ$15.99 per month or NZ$159.99 per year – that gets you two simultaneous HD streams. Thankfully, you are able to try before you buy, as Neon offers a very generous free 14-day trial for all new sign-ups.
That also entitles you to a massive selection of shows and movies on the service, including a huge range of HBO programmes like The White Lotus, Succession, Westworld and more.
What else can I watch on Neon?
It probably goes without saying that Neon's 14-day free trial is the best way for you to see if the service is right for you. That will give you at least two weeks worth of House of the Dragon, along with everything else the service has to offer.
That's a total bargain, considering you'll get access to a huge library of top-drawer entertainment, including Westworld, The Flight Attendant, award-winning animation from Studio Ghibli, DC Universe shows like Peacemaker and Doom Patrol, plus Succession, Mare of Easttown and all episodes of Game of Thrones, of course.
Devices compatible with Binge include iPhone and Android devices, Apple TV streaming boxes and Samsung, LG, Sony and TCL TVs, PlayStation consoles (but no Xbox consoles, unfortunately), Chromecast and Chromebooks, and laptops and PCs. Neon can also be streamed on the Amazon Fire Stick.
House of the Dragon trailer
House of the Dragon cast
- King Viserys I Targaryen: Paddy Considine
- Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen: Emma D’Arcy
- Young Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen: Milly Alcock
- Prince Daemon Targaryen: Matt Smith
- Lady Alicent Hightower: Olivia Cooke
- Young Alicent Hightower: Emily Carey
- Ser Otto Hightower: Rhys Ifans
House of the Dragon: when is it set?
Winter is some way off in House of the Dragon, which chronicles events that take place roughly 200 years before Daenerys Targaryen's rise to power in Game of Thrones.
This is a time of peace in the Seven Kingdoms, under the rule of King Viserys I Targaryen, the fifth Targaryen to ascend to the Iron Throne.
However, though the Targaryens are powerful, their bloodline is vulnerable, and Viserys' ill-judged efforts to please everybody close to him are set to backfire spectacularly.
While the drama appears to be less sprawling the time around, mostly focusing on the ruling House Targaryen, we expect House of the Dragon will grow into a proper epic as the series progresses, and can't wait to see what's in store for us.
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