The Great Council of Harrenhal EW's exclusive look at HBO's House of the Dragon, the first successor show to the Emmy-winning Game of Thrones, comes with nine new photos from the prequel series. So let's jump right in.

This time period saw the most amount of dragons roaming the skies of Westeros, and the fire breathers have become part of Targaryen culture. Some royals have ornate saddles for their winged beasts, while the egg hatching is of particular note

Otto does not want to see Prince Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith), brother to King Viserys and another heir to the throne, rule Westeros. A skilled warrior, Daemon isn't the most benevolent of the Targaryens

This next photo sheds more light on a moment glimpsed in the House of the Dragon trailers: the handsome Ser Criston Cole (Fabien Frankel), a common-born swordsman of Dornish descent, battles Prince Daemon during a tourney event.

The events of the Dance of the Dragons unfold over the course of years, according to Martin's books. "Our solution was that, for a very complex story, it required a simple structure, which meant a more linear passage of time," Condal tells EW. 

Targaryen empire at its height. The early seeds of this conflict were planted decades earlier with the Great Council of Harrenhal. As King Jaehaerys Targaryen neared the end of his life, there were too many claimants to the Iron Throne. 

There are many layers to the Dance of the Dragons we won't get into to preserve the surprise for anyone who hasn't read a certain passage in Martin's Fire and Blood

There's probably a reason HBO is already in the early stages of making a Game of Thrones spin-off focused on Lord Corlys Velaryon, who will first be played by Steve Toussaint on House of the Dragon

Cooke describes a young Alicent as being "hermetically sealed" in the castle with her father, Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans), the Hand of the King. As an "anxious rule-follower," the actress says she maintains an unyielding love for her dad,