The Game of Thrones Spin-Off is Better Than the Original House of the Dragon

The Game of Thrones Spin-Off is Better Than the Original House of the Dragon ...

It was clear that HBO was playing with fire when they announced that they would develop a prequel series to Game of Thrones. Could House of the Dragon replicate the enormous success of the biggest show of the 2010s? Would fans who were burned by Game of Thrones' final season, which gave fan favorite Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) a brutal heel turn and left the realm in the hands of Bran the Broken (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) give House of the Dragon a fair

House of the Dragon is undoubtedly an outlier of Game of Thrones right out of the gate, capturing the charm of the earlier seasons as well as putting its female protagonists at the forefront like never before.

House of the Dragon takes place 200 years after the events of the original Game of Thrones, at a time when the Targaryens' power is at its peak. She begins with the Great Council of 101, where wise king Jaehaerys (Michael Carter) has called together the lords of the realm to discuss a tricky family issue: who will succeed him on the Iron Throne?

Rhaenyra Targaryen (Milly Alcott as an adult, Olivia Cooke as an adult) fell out over who would take Rhaenyra's father on the Iron Throne. However, Viserys decides to hand over his own male heir, the politically powerful Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans), in his agony. After all, the king will need to wed again to try for that special male heir.

Rhaenyra's issue throughout the six episodes HBO has sent critics is whether or not the Realm, the same one that rejected Rhaenys, will ever accept her. Rhaenyra's position appears secure until her father's new bride gives her a healthy son who is fawned over by the lords and ladies of Westeros. She also fears that her father will sell her off to a powerful ruler for a castle or other totem of

Rhaenyra's mother Aemma Arryn (Sian Brooke) tells her daughter that the childbed is our battlefield and that House of the Dragon treats pregnancy and its trials as brutal, bloody warfare. While Game of Thrones used sexual violence to depict patriarchal societies in a shocking light, House of the Dragon forces the audience to think about how the quest to make heirs simultaneously gives women in this world their power and their most horrific trials.

House of the Dragon will have a total of 17 full grown dragons that swarm through the skies and slaughter legions of foes, as well as set pieces that thrill and enthuse the characters.

Milly Alcock and Emily Carey have both commanded the screen in different ways, while darkening the souls of both characters. Daemon is defying, humbling, and irrepressibly charming. A must-see moment for the show

House of the Dragons isnt without flaws, although it appears to be giving Daemon Targaryens lowborn sex slave-turned-spymaster lover Mysaria (Sonoya Mizuno) little shrift compared to the other characters. (It really doesnt help that her characters chosen accent is a cringe-y patois.) Both casts are fantastic, but they might be jarring to those who aren't fully immersed

House of the Dragon feels more Game of Thrones than it does Game of Thrones. The program is packed with interesting details that will delight hardcore fans and expands on Martins' mythology in significant ways. That's partly because Martin co-created House of the Dragon and partly because HBO has invested huge sums in bringing the entirety of his world to life.

House of the Dragon is a magical marvel, as if showrunners looked at Game of Thrones and thought, How can we make this even better? rather than, How do we recreate this all over again? House of the Dragon is a show that Game of Thrones fans want, packed with drama, fire, and blood. Oh, and lots of dragons.

House of the Dragon will air on HBO and HBO Max on Sunday, August 21.

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