‘House of the Dragon’: Who is Otto Hightower? Rhys Ifans plays Hand of the King who is loyal to Viserys I

‘House of the Dragon’: Who is Otto Hightower? Rhys Ifans plays Hand of the King who is loyal to Viserys I
'House of the Dragon' featuring Rhys Ifans as Otto Hightower (IMDb)

Do you find the hype around 'Game of Thrones' neverending? Wait until you get to know about its prequel. Another one of George RR Martin's epic creations is set to come to HBO and HBO Max. 'House of the Dragon' will premier on August 21, 2022. With the astonishing and popular success of 'Game of Thrones,' the level of anticipation and expectations out of its prequel is through the roof. 'House of the Dragon' is expected to have a much smaller, easy-to-follow plot as it follows the life and history of the Targaryen family. Moreover, the prequel is set almost 200 years before the story of 'Game of Thrones'.

If dragons are your thing, no doubt 'House of the Dragon' will pique your interest. The first season will have 10 episodes. HBO's plan to expand the fantasy universe is sure to elicit positive responses. The show will showcase a Targaryen civil war. As it is set at a time when the ruling family was at its pinnacle of power, we can expect to see family feuds and drama unravel.


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Rhys Ifans as Otto Hightower (IMDb)
Rhys Ifans as Otto Hightower from 'House of the Dragon' (IMDb)

Who is Otto Hightower?

Played by Rhys Ifans, Otto Hightower plays a major role in the life of the Targaryens. However, House Hightower was not included or accounted for in 'Game of Thrones.' Otto Hightower is the Hand of the King to Viserys Targaryen. Prior to this, Otto Hightower has a king and vast history of assisting other kings. His character is also defined by his relationship with his daughter Alicent Hightower. He is portrayed as someone whose loyalty and trust lie with the Targaryen family. He is known for his explicit dislike of the king's brother, who he strongly believes is up to no good. In the books, Otto was portrayed as a knight known for his extensive knowledge. Although the ability made him arrogant, he was also very calculated and cautious. 

Who plays Otto Hightower in 'House of the Dragon'?

Otto Hightower is played by the versatile actor Rhys Ifans. Born in Wales, Rhys attended Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Rhys has not only acted in blockbuster movies like 'The Amazing Spider-Man' and 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows', he has also showcased his talent on Tv screens by playing the role of the earnest and disciplined Mycroft Holmes in 'Elementary'.

Viewers hope to add 'House of the Dragon' to the list of Rhys' memorable performances. 

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