While much of “House of the Dragon” focuses on political intrigue among the many Westeros, there’s still a lot of the absurd R-rated Renaissance equity madness that makes “Game of Thrones” a should be interesting to watch. There are skirmishes, knights fighting falcons and swords, and lots of dragon rides. Dragon riding looks a lot better than it did in “Game of Thrones,” which is good, because there’s so much more to it.
There are only some fight scenes, but they are very bloody, reminding viewers of the cruelty of the world. No one is more violent in “House of the Dragon” than Prince Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith), the king’s younger brother. He has the cruelty of Joffrey Baratheon and the charm of Jaime Lannister, making him potentially one of the franchise’s greatest villains. Smith is clearly having a ball with the character, giving him a kind of smug pleasure that’s almost contagious.
In the novels, Daemon is a force to be reckoned with, an influential man around him, and Smith’s magnetic performance, especially in later episodes, makes that so. more believable. Other standouts include Fabien Frankel as Ser Criston Cole, a non-Dornish turned knight, and Jefferson Hall as twin brothers Tyland and Jason Lannister, who show us where the descendants of Tywin has all his tactical talents.
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