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House Of The Dragon AI Images Imagine Book-Accurate Character Designs

AI portraits reveal what House of the Dragon’s characters should actually look like. Based on George R.R. Martin’s Westeros history book Fire & Blood, HBO’s House of the Dragon takes place about 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones, though during this time, squabbling over the Iron Throne is just as contentious as ever. The prequel show introduces an entirely new cast of colorful characters with stakes in the Targaryen civil war of succession known as the Dance of the Dragons.

Some of the most important characters in this conflict include the “warm, kind, and decent” King Viserys I Targaryen, the Rogue Prince Daemon Targaryen, and Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, who was praised as the Realm’s Delight during her youth. Representing the opposing side, there is Queen Alicent Hightower, known as the most comely woman in the Seven Kingdoms, and the handsome knight Ser Criston Cole. A few other important characters include Rhaenys Targaryen, known as the Queen Who Never Was, and Mysaria, a foreign-born brothel dancer who becomes a master of whisperers known as the White Worm.

Shortly after House of the Dragon season 1 wrapped up, Buzzfeed created some AI portraits revealing what the show’s characters should look like according to the descriptions from Martin’s Fire & Blood. The AI-generated images imagine book-accurate versions of Rhaenyra, Alicent, Daemon, Ser Criston, Rhaenys, Viserys, Mysaria, and Laenor Velaryon. Check out the images above.

House of the Dragon Has Some Perfect Castings

Fire & Blood doesn’t provide specific details of every character’s appearance, which allowed the HBO adaptation and these AI portraits to take some liberties. Still, based on these images above, it’s difficult to deny that House of the Dragon has some perfect castings, especially Olivia Cooke as Alicent and Matt Smith as Daemon, as both actors look nearly identical to their counterparts from the book. However, there are some castings that aren’t perfect based solely on appearance, such as Viserys, whose AI portrait looks closer to David Harbour. Still, Paddy Considine gave an Emmy-worthy performance as Viserys in season 1.

There has been some controversy about House Velaryon’s darker complexion in the show since, as indicated by Laenor’s AI-generated portrait, was never mentioned in the book. However, the show’s change has actually helped highlight the illegitimacy of Rhaenyra’s sons, which has actually served the story quite well. Every time a book is adapted to the screen, there is going to be some disagreement and debate about how the characters should look. However, House of the Dragon has done an admirable job of accurately representing Martin’s characters on screen, as even the author himself has agreed.


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