Has there ever been a TV season quite similar to the final premiere of HBO’s blockbuster, Game of Thrones? After 73 episodes, the series came to an end in 2019 with a storyline that broke the monopolistic praise from critics and, apparently, the sobriety of viewers.
As of the time of writing, a petition called “Remake Game of Thrones season eight with competent writers” has had 1.8 million signatures, but though fans won’t be soon nothing, but they’re being wonderfully linked, the Targaryen-centric prequel, in the form of House of the Dragon.
Miguel Sapochnik, the British director who cut his teeth in two of Game of Thrones’ biggest fighting episodes, “Battle of the Bastards” and “The Long Night,” has been given the reins as House of the Dragon. , along with Westeros newcomer Ryan Condal.
Sapochnik’s ad should indicate the direction the House of the Dragon is headed: bigger, bolder, more bloody. And it’s immediately clear that, even in the more than 11 years since Thrones first aired, the scale of the world on display has grown.
Where its predecessor opens with an introspective, family-focused look at life in the bleak North, House of the Dragon pops across our screens with flaps, urban panoramas and literally fire and blood.
And fans of bare breasts, butts, and penises need not worry – for all the chatter about reducing Thrones’ infamous nudity, there’s still plenty on display. here.
It’s not just the legacy world from Game of Thrones, it’s the top consideration: succession (obviously a hot topic for prestige television these days).
The center of the show is Princess Rhaenyra (played by Milly Alcock in this opening episode), the eldest child of Paddy Considine I’s King Viserys. Viserys’ wife is heavily pregnant and the kingdom is expecting a son. and heir (“There is a boy in my wife’s belly,” announced Viserys solemnly, “I know it”).
But for now, his violent, violent brother, Daemon (Matt Smith) is holding the coveted position. And that – in short, without spoilers – is the setting for House of the Dragon, with the Targaryen dynasty on the brink of an internal crisis.
The highest praise I can give House of the Dragon is to observe how it feels like Game of Thrones.
I remember eagerly waiting for the first Hobbit movie in 2012, nine years after The Lord of the Rings ended, only to find a dizzying film that stripped away all of its mundane charms. its front part.
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House of the Dragon looks like Game of Thrones. Sometimes that might come a little too close to sarcasm: “I would rather serve as a knight,” Rhaenyra told her mother when the topic of marriage came up and she clearly came from a focus group. seeks to serve the fans of both Daenerys and Arya.
But the dynamics of the court, and the characters within it, are well drawn. In particular, Smith gives a satisfying performance in the role of a slightly creepy uncle with a terrible thirst for blood. However, in the world of Game of Thrones, you never know who will become the hero or the villain.
Game of Thrones is not a phenomenon after one episode. Indeed, its first episode was pretty dull, up until the point Bran Stark was pushed out the window.
It remains to be seen if House of the Dragon can use the same twists, turns, zigzags, almost zigzags, and become a show discussed in feverish terms at whatever Work From Home is equivalent to a water cooler.
So this first episode is a taste of things to come. “These knights are green as summer grass,” Princess Rhaenys of Eve Best remarked, “none of them have ever seen the real fight.”
I suspect the same is true for audiences. The real Westerosi War, with all its shadow trades and flimsy treaties, backstabbing and beheadings, is on its way.
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