Game of Thrones Prequel, House of the Dragon is a Roaring Success.
The long-awaited prequel to the epic fantasy series Game of Thrones, which dominated the televisual landscape for eight riotously expensive seasons is here. It is derived from parts of author George RR Martin’s 2018 bestseller Fire and Blood.
Game of Thrones is an American fantasy drama television series on HBO which is an adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire, a series of fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin.
House of the Dragon, to be released as Episode one airs on Sky Atlantic at 9 pm on Monday 22 August in the UK and Sunday 21 August at 9 pm on HBO and HBO Max, is the tale of the Targaryens (if you are familiar with Game of Thrones) and chronicles events before the Game of Thrones.
According to Lucy Mangan of the Guardian who reviewed the upcoming show,
“Everyone who wasn’t in Game of Thrones or filming The Crown when principal photography started is here. House of the Dragon begins in the ninth year of King Viserys I Targaryen’s reign (played by Paddy Considine) – and about 200 years before we TV viewers first set foot in Westeros. His wife is pregnant. Their firstborn was a daughter, Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock), so everyone in the Seven Kingdoms is hoping for a male heir. Some of us at home are kind of hoping for another girl, otherwise, Viserys’s arrogant, bellicose younger brother – and heir presumptive – Prince Daemon (Matt Smith) is going to kick off and there will be more plot than anyone knows what to do with.”
She goes on to reveal a mouth-watering, sizzling summary of what to expect which is reminiscent of what viewers of the erstwhile sequel are used to; a king’s incest, succession plots, politics, bloody beatings, gruesome deaths, naked boobs, and bums, and dragons – yes dragons.
“By the end of the first hour, all the main pieces are in play, countless political, domestic and actual storms are brewing, old alliances are being broken, new ones formed and treachery is never more than a spear’s length away. House of the Dragon looks set fair to become the game of political seven-dimensional chess that its predecessor was,” Lucy wrote.
She goes on to paint a picture of what to expect in another hour, which is a testament to a long-running show packaged in one episode which should make any fan of the drama in the seven kingdoms highly enthusiastic for this new release.
“By the end of the second hour, you can add more dragons, more extended exchanges in High Valyrian, a dragon’s egg, some decapitations, a hand in maggots, more bums and boobs, some arterial spray, narrative twists and turns that are still comprehensible (though we are still in the early stages and you can feel the barely controlled crowds of more jostling in the wings), a potential forbidden-love interest for Rhaenyra, and sailors fed to crabs – a lot more frightening than it sounds, actually.
Concluding, she said, “In short, all is as it was in GoT’s heyday. Fun, propulsive, looking great, and sounding passable. And that, after the bizarrely poor finale to what had been a roaring success of a show, is a relief.”
House of The Dragons is going to be the next great show of all time to grace our screens for a long time to come. The first season would run 10 episodes.