The bloody push and pull over who would occupy the Iron Throne kept audiences enthralled with George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones, a series of epic fantasy novels that became a TV phenomenon.

Now HBO are going back to that highly lucrative well once more with House of the Dragon, the new prequel to Games of Thrones, set a very precise 172 years before the birth of Daenerys Targaryen, the Mother of Dragons. In Ireland, the series screens on Sky Atlantic.

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Chronicling the beginning of the end of House Targaryen, the series stars Paddy Considine, Matt Smith, Emma D'Arcy, Olivia Cooke, Rhys Ifans, Steve Toussaint and Eve Best. For RTÉ Arena, Chris Wasser takes a deeper dive above.

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