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Winter comes early! House Of The Dragon fires up Leicester Square as show stars Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Ewan Mitchell and Emma D’Arcy  sheath their swords for season two UK premiere


Winter isn’t exactly coming anytime soon, but Game Of Thrones was certainly back on Monday evening as the UK premiere of House Of The Dragon season two launched in London. 

The show, a prequel to the enormously successful HBO adaptation of George RR Martin‘s fantasy novels, follows the feud between Alicent and Rhaenyra as they vie for who will eventually rule from the Iron Throne. 

But the swords were thankfully sheathed as the show’s cast descended on the Odeon Luxe in a teeming Leicester Square. 

Leading the way were show stars Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy and Ewan Mitchell, with all three dominating the green carpet as proceedings got underway. 

Matt – who plays the rebellious Daemon Targaryen – looked appropriately dapper in a generously cut navy trouser-suit as he greeted onlookers at the special event. 

Matt, 41, - who plays the rebellious Daemon Targaryen - looked appropriately dapper in a generously cut navy trouser-suit as he greeted onlookers at the special event

Matt, 41, – who plays the rebellious Daemon Targaryen – looked appropriately dapper in a generously cut navy trouser-suit as he greeted onlookers at the special event

The actor, 41, was joined by glamorous co-star Olivia, who traded the regal gowns worn by Alicent Hightower in favour of an elegant off-the-shoulder evening dress. 

With a bold statement neck chain serving as a prominent focal point, the actress, 30, ensured she claimed her own share of the spotlight ahead of Monday’s launch.

She was matched by screen rival Emma, who revealed a distinctive House Of The Dragon inspired teeth grill as she joined her co-stars. 

The 32-year old star, Rhaenyra Targaryen in the hit show, had already commanded plenty of attention courtesy of her striking two-tone trouser suit. 

Elsewhere rising star Ewan, 27, turned heads in a striking crimson velvet coat – a far cry from the battle armour worn by the ambitious Aemond Targaryen. 

He went shirtless beneath the jacket and completed the look with a pair of quirky trousers along with pair of eye catching pointed shoes. 

Meanwhile Emma, who plays Rhaenyra Targaryen, ensured all eyes were on here as she wore a set of themed grills to the bash.  

The TV star gave a wide smile and displayed a the golden mouth accessories reminiscent of the fantasy series, two of which resembled the show’s dragon logo.

The former Doctor Who actor looked suave as he brushed his long locks from his handsome face

The former Doctor Who actor looked suave as he brushed his long locks from his handsome face 

Matt accessorised with gold jewellery as well as pair of aviator shades

Matt accessorised with gold jewellery as well as pair of aviator shades

Matt accessorised with gold jewellery as well as pair of aviator shades 

Olivia, 32, traded the regal gowns worn by Alicent Hightower in favour of an elegant off-the-shoulder evening dress

Olivia, 32,  traded the regal gowns worn by Alicent Hightower in favour of an elegant off-the-shoulder evening dress

With a bold statement neck chain serving as a prominent focal point, the actress, 30, ensured she claimed her own share of the spotlight ahead of Monday's launch

With a bold statement neck chain serving as a prominent focal point, the actress, 30, ensured she claimed her own share of the spotlight ahead of Monday’s launch 

The brunette beauty swept her luscious locks into a bun as strands framed her dainty features

She oozed confidence as she joined her co-stars on the red carpet

The brunette beauty swept her luscious locks into a bun as strands framed her dainty features  

Olivia's gown was tailored to perfection and hugged every inch of her sensational figure

Olivia’s gown was tailored to perfection and hugged every inch of her sensational figure 

Elsewhere rising star Ewan, 27, turned heads in a striking crimson velvet coat

The outfit was a far cry from the battle armour worn by the ambitious Aemond Targaryen

Elsewhere rising star Ewan, 27, turned heads in a striking crimson velvet coat – a far cry from the battle armour worn by the ambitious Aemond Targaryen

He went shirtless beneath the jacket which was cinched at his waist and teased a glimpse of his toned physique

He went shirtless beneath the jacket which was cinched at his waist and teased a glimpse of his toned physique  

He completed the look with a pair of quirky trousers along with pair of eye catching pointed shoes

He completed the look with a pair of quirky trousers along with pair of eye catching pointed shoes

Meanwhile Emma, who plays Rhaenyra Targaryen, ensured all eyes were on here as she wore a set of themed grills to the bash

Meanwhile Emma, who plays Rhaenyra Targaryen, ensured all eyes were on here as she wore a set of themed grills to the bash 

The TV star gave a wide smile and displayed a the golden mouth accessories reminiscent of the fantasy series, two of which resembled the show's dragon logo

The TV star gave a wide smile and displayed a the golden mouth accessories reminiscent of the fantasy series, two of which resembled the show’s dragon logo 

Emma showcased her quirky sense of style in a half-black-half-white suit which she wore with a pair event of striking red shoes

Emma showcased her quirky sense of style in a half-black-half-white suit which she wore with a pair event of striking red shoes

Emma showcased her quirky sense of style in a half-black-half-white suit which she wore with a pair event of striking red shoes

She slicked back her hair with gel and shielded her eyes from the June sun with a pair of circular shades

She slicked back her hair with gel and shielded her eyes from the June sun with a pair of circular shades

Also on the red carpet was model Daisy Lowe , 35, who was the epitome of elegance in a an all-white suit as she posed up a storm

Also on the red carpet was model Daisy Lowe , 35, who was the epitome of elegance in a an all-white suit as she posed up a storm 

In a minimal but very high-class ensemble, she sported a blouse underneath the shoulder-padded blazer and tailored high-waist flared trousers

In a minimal but very high-class ensemble, she sported a blouse underneath the shoulder-padded blazer and tailored high-waist flared trousers

In a minimal but very high-class ensemble, she sported a blouse underneath the shoulder-padded blazer and tailored high-waist flared trousers 

Daisy opted for a comfortable choice with versatile white platform trainers

Daisy opted for a comfortable choice with versatile white platform trainers 

Love Island's Tasha Ghouri sent pulses tracing in a sheer co-ord with a very saucy split

The beauty flaunted her jaw-dropping figure in the outfit

Love Island’s Tasha Ghouri sent pulses tracing in a sheer co-ord with a very saucy split

She continued to continued to show off her new red hair which was styled in a wet look

She continued to continued to show off her new red hair which was styled in a wet look 

She was joined by dapper boyfriend Andrew Le Page who rocked an olive green suit

She was joined by dapper boyfriend Andrew Le Page who rocked an olive green suit 

Fellow Lose Islander Arabella Chi put on a leggy display in daring sheer lace outfit dress worn over a skimpy black bodysuit

Fellow Lose Islander Arabella Chi put on a leggy display in daring sheer lace outfit dress worn over a skimpy black bodysuit 

The eye-popping look ensured all eyes were on her

The eye-popping look ensured all eyes were on her

Dancing On Ice's Vanessa Bauer stunned in a cut-out gown with embellished snake corset

Dancing On Ice’s Vanessa Bauer stunned in a cut-out gown with embellished snake corset

The skater was nothing short of sensational as she posed with her hand on her tiny waist

The skater was nothing short of sensational as she posed with her hand on her tiny waist

Eve Best, 52, who plays Princess Rhaenys Targaryen, looked gorgeous in a sparkly Grecian gown

She flashed her long toned legs via the dress' thigh-high split

Eve Best, 52, who plays Princess Rhaenys Targaryen, looked gorgeous in a sparkly Grecian gown

The actress let her blonde locks gall to her shoulders in loose waves and accesorised with diamond jewellery  

Matt was delighted to be reunited with Eve and wrapped his arms around her

Matt was delighted to be reunited with Eve and wrapped his arms around her 

He couldn't wipe the smile of his face as he posed with his co-stars

He couldn’t wipe the smile of his face as he posed with his co-stars 

Earlier in the evening Matt (R) later larked around with co-star Fabien Frankel (L)

Earlier in the evening Matt (R) later larked around with co-star Fabien Frankel (L) 

Fabiel (L) who plays Ser Criston Cole in the show cut a stylish figure in a retro brown suit

Fabiel (L) who plays Ser Criston Cole in the show cut a stylish figure in a retro brown suit

The actors all posed together after walking the red carpet

The actors all posed together after walking the red carpet

They all put on a very animated display for the cameras

They all put on a very animated display for the cameras 

Emma showcased her quirky sense of style in a half-black-half-white suit which she wore with a pair event of striking red shoes.

She slicked back her hair with gel and shielded her eyes from the June sun with a pair of circular shades. 

Also on the red carpet was model Daisy Lowe, 35, who was the epitome of elegance in a an all-white suit as she posed up a storm.

In a minimal but very high-class ensemble, she sported a blouse underneath the shoulder-padded blazer and tailored high-waist flared trousers.

The stunner, who is the daughter of fashion designer Pearl Lowe and Bush’ lead singer Gavin Rossdale,  opted for a comfortable choice with versatile white platform trainers.

She added a sophisticated gold set of jewellery including a dainty chain, small hoop earrings and a bracelet which matched her chromed manicure.

Amber Le Bon opted for a chic black floral dress which hugged her gorgeous figure

Amber Le Bon opted for a chic black floral dress which hugged her gorgeous figure

Amber Le Bon opted for a chic black floral dress which hugged her gorgeous figure 

The daughter of Mark and Yasmin Le Bon toted her essentials for the evening in a mini trunk style handbag

The daughter of Mark and Yasmin Le Bon toted her essentials for the evening in a mini trunk style handbag 

Phia Saban, who plays Helaena Targaryen, was every inch the rock chick in a dressed evening dress

Phia Saban, who plays Helaena Targaryen, was every inch the rock chick in a dressed evening dress 

She also wore chunky silver jewellery including huge earrings

She also wore chunky silver jewellery including huge earrings 

TV's Jenni Falconer showcased her svelte physique in a tight black jumpsuit

TV’s Jenni Falconer showcased her svelte physique in a tight black jumpsuit 

David Seaman was joined by wife and former Dancing On Ice professional Frankie Poultney

David Seaman was joined by wife and former Dancing On Ice professional Frankie Poultney

Bethany Antonia, who plays Lady Baela Targaryen in the show, commanded attention in a dramatic red ruffled gown

Bethany Antonia, who plays Lady Baela Targaryen in the show, commanded attention in a dramatic red ruffled gown 

Made In Chelsea's Miles Nazaire also attended the premiere

Made In Chelsea’s Miles Nazaire also attended the premiere 

Sports pundit Olivia Wayne dazzled in a wine coloured sequin co-ord

Broadcaster Harriett Rose channelled Emilia Clarke's iconic character from Game Of Thrones

Sports pundit Olivia Wayne (L) dazzled in a wine coloured sequin co-ord while broadcaster Harriett Rose (R) channelled Emilia Clarke’s iconic character from Game Of Thrones

Loose Women's Linda Robson was in high spirits as she took to the red carpet

Loose Women’s Linda Robson was in high spirits as she took to the red carpet

Actress Andrea Vasiliou slipped into a gold chain mail mini dress

Actress Andrea Vasiliou slipped into a gold chain mail mini dress 

Influencer Zainab Jiwa opted for her own outlandish outfit

Influencer Zainab Jiwa opted for her own outlandish outfit 

Season one of House Of The Dragon premiered on August 21, 2022 and it’s opening episode earned a whopping 10million viewers which led to the season 2 renewal within just week of the premiere episode.

The latest season debuts Sunday, June 16 at 9 PM ET on HBO, with critics giving the season an impressive 91% on Rotten Tomatoes.

The first wave of reviews started coming in on Thursday, with just two “rotten” reviews of the 22 that were posted.

Those who have praised the show have done so for its gripping storytelling and monumental action that fans will see this season.  

The first season set the stage for the drama to come, centering on two young women – Rhaenyra Targaryen (Milly Alcock) and her best friend Alicent Hightower (Emily Carey). 

Rhaenyra was the daughter of King Viserys Targaryen (Paddy Considine) and Alicent the daughter of his Hand of the King, Ser Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans).

Fans waited hours for a glimpse of the stars

Fans waited hours for a glimpse of the stars 

Leicester Square was decorated with a huge dragon skull from the show

Leicester Square was decorated with a huge dragon skull from the show 

The first season primarily dealt with the succession of the Iron Throne as King Viserys fell ill, with a big time jump that saw Emma D’Arcy joining as the adult Rhaenyra and Olivia Cooke as the adult Alicent.

The season ended in quite the shocking manner – with the brutal death of one of Rhaenyra’s sons – which set the stage for the Civil War between the Targaryen’s and the Hightower’s that would follow between what has been dubbed Alicent’s ‘Team Green’ and Rhaenyra’s ‘Team Black.’

Empire‘s Dan Jolin praised showrunner Ryan Condal (who showran Season 1 with Miguel Sapochnik, who bowed out at the end of Season 1) for streamlining the show.

‘Season 2… is more chronologically focused, less fidgety with its actors, and has its eye on the world (and the social strata) beyond the highborn Targaryen court,’ he said.

While the first season practically exclusively focused on House Targaryen, Season 2 introduces characters in Winterfell – home to House Stark – and other ‘smallfolk’ who live under the rule of the House of the Dragon.

The Telegraph‘s Ed Power calls Season 2 a, ‘soaring, roaring blockbuster to rival anything in the cinema.’

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