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House of The Dragon’s Graham McTavish explains how his character is a rarity in the treacherous world of Westeros




Game of Thrones prequel House of The Dragon is right around the corner. Adapted from George R. R. Martin’s Fire & Blood, the prequel show will be peering into the history of Westeros 200 years prior to the events of Game of Thrones. Martin has stated that all his characters in House of The Dragon will be neither all good nor all bad, every one displaying their own shades of grey. However, even within this plethora of grey characters, there are some that stand apart from most. Ser Harrold Westerling, portrayed by Graham McTavish in the prequel series, is one such rarity.

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Ser Harrold has served in the Kingsguard since the days of King Jaehaerys; he is known as a paragon of chivalry and honor. In a recent interview with the Daily News, McTavish explained, “In a world of vipers, which is the world of anything to do with ‘Game of Thrones’ or ‘House of the Dragon,’ he’s a straight arrow. He’s a moral center in the story.”


He added, “He’s not corrupt. He’s not personally ambitious in the same way that other characters might be. He doesn’t have that kind of agenda. So he represents something quite pure in a world where that’s hard to come by.”

“He becomes the principal protection and shadow to everything that the king is involved in,” McTavish said of Harrold. “The Kingsguard, they’re a sort of warrior monk-type. They get chosen as children, they’re not allowed to marry, they don’t have relationships, they don’t have any money, they forsake all their land and estates. They are simply focused on looking after, in this case, the princess and the king.”

Ser Harrold Westerling’s undying loyalty and reliability are sure to make him one of the most beloved characters in House of The Dragon. Which other characters are you looking forward to seeing in the Game of Thrones prequel? Tell us in the comments below!

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