And just like that, we’re back in Westeros. The fictional continent and setting for Game of Thrones is also the location of buzzy new Thrones spinoff series, House of the Dragon, which debuted Sunday night on HBO. The fantastical soap opera chronicles the epic power struggles of the Targaryen clan roughly 150 years before platinum-tressed Khaleesi, a.k.a. the Mother of Dragons, was born.
And as was the case in Game of Thrones, the sweeping music and CG-enhanced landscapes and incredible set designs and costumes of House of the Dragon ably transports us to another time (“year 101”) and beautiful-yet-brutal place (fictional) that borrows from a panoply of ancient civilizations, including Rome, Sumeria, Egypt, the First Persian Empire, and the Viking Age.
Though we’ve only seen episode one of House of the Dragon, we’re already excited about the breadth and boldness of the jewelry the show’s costume designer, Jany Temime, has used. Award-winning Temime was the costume designer for the first six Harry Potter movies, and turned Renee Zellweger into Judy Garland—brocade pants suits and all—in lauded biopic Judy.
In House of the Dragon, she uses jewelry and metal embellishments to establish the social strata and personas of the characters, which so far range from the young and guileless (Princess Rhaenyra, played by Milly Alcock, who at the end of episode one is controversially named the new queen of the realm), to the deeply despicable (her uncle, Daemon Targaryen, played by Matt Smith, who is sadistic and power hungry, naturally).
Let’s take a closer look at how Temime has bejeweled House of the Dragon’s many players.
Top photo: Milly Alcock assuming the Iron Throne in jewelry that recalls
All photos courtesy of HBO