The most famous “chair” in the recent history of TV?
A seat that sits at the epicentre of a story, possibly more so than any story ever told, is the Iron Throne in Game of Thrones. The seat of King’s Landing is set to make a dramatic comeback in House of the Dragon.
Set 200 years before Game of Thrones, the focus of the prequel House of the Dragon will be the Targaryen Civil War – known as the Dance of Dragons.
In this new epic, King Viserys I Targaryen (Paddy Considine) sits upon the Iron Throne but there are various figures vying to control who should succeed him.
His wicked brother Prince Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith) for one, and his daughter Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Emma D’Arcy, Milly Alcock) as well as the shrewd Hand of the King Ser Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans), the Hand’s daughter, the Lady Alicent Hightower (Olivia Cooke, Emily Carey) all want in on the action.
Look closely though, the Iron Throne in House of the Dragon is a little different to the one in Game of Thrones.
Near 2,500 swords were used to build House of the Dragon’s Iron Throne.
In an interview with EW, showrunner Miguel Sapochnik discussed the vast number of swords used to build the new Iron Throne and a shortage of swords actually halted the construction of the famous chair. Therefore, the art deparment had to also use prop swords from the 2016 live-action video game movie Warcraft, as well as Netflix’s The Witcher show.
House of the Dragon will premiere on Monday 22nd August in the UK at 2am BST (on Sky Atlantic and NOW in the UK and 9pm on Sky Atlantic) and in the US on HBO.