Get ready to step into the ruthless world we once loved once again with the premiere of House of the Dragon.

This time, the story is set 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones, allowing viewers to learn more about the story of House Targaryen. The ten-episode HBO Original drama series debuts Sunday, August 21st on HBO and will be available to stream on HBO Max.

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Winner of 59 Primetime Emmy Awards, Game of Thrones took over pop culture during its eight years on HBO. The series was praised as one of the greatest tv series of all time – which naturally means that it is no surprise the majority of the fan base was disappointed with how season 8 was written, and how it ended. Along with George R. R. Martin, David Benioff and D. B. Weiss served as executive producers of the fantasy phenomenon.

What To Expect In House of The Dragon

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A lot of fans (including myself) miss the wonderful world and the characters we learned to love, but we will be able to see Westeros and Essos again three years after the conclusion of the series. Focusing on House Targaryen of Dragonstone, House of The Dragon will explore the mysterious Targaryen family.

A powerful and feared name, the Targaryens ruled the world for more than three hundred years, until they were overthrown by House Baratheon. 

House of The Dragon will focus on the events that started the fall of House Targaryen, the events that ultimately led of a civil war, and the war itself. The cast includes Paddy Considine (Kind Viserys I Targaryen), Matt Smith (as Prince Daemon Targaryen), Olivia Cooke (as Lady Alicent Hightower), Emma D’Arcy (as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen), Steve Toussaint (as Lord Corlys Velaryon), Eve Best (as Princess Rhaenys Velaryon), Fabien Frankel (as Ser Criston Cole), Sonoya Mizuno (as Mysaria), and Rhys Ifans (as Ser Otto Hightower).

House of the Dragon was filmed in the UK during 2021, as well as some parts being filmed in Spain and in California. George R. R. Martin stated that the series will be “solidly based on material in Fire and Blood.”

House of The Dragon is not the first post-Game of Thrones project that interested HBO. An entire pilot for another spin-off series was shot, but former WarnerMedia executive Bob Greenblatt stated “this just doesn’t work” after watching the pilot. The show was cancelled before it even aired, costing $30 million to HBO’s bank. The show had cast Naomi Watts in a lead role.

Although no plot details were given, HBO teased that “the world’s descent from the Golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour,” adding, “Only one thing is for sure: from the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the white walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend.. it’s not the story we think we know.”

In all honesty, I am quite excited to see House of the Dragon come into fruition. I hope that it does justice to the world we knew and loved. The decisions made during the last two seasons of Game of Thrones left many of us scratching our heads and disappointed with the result. I did enjoy the closing arcs of some characters, mainly Arya. I have to admit that I’d love to see a sequel, even if it’s just for one season, following a few of the main characters years after the conclusion of the series.

What do you think? Are you excited to watch House of The Dragon? If it’s as good as the first few seasons of Game of Thrones, then you can sign me up. If you’ve read the book, are there any particular moments you’re looking forward to? Be mindful of potential spoilers. Don’t forget to share and follow our social media pages across the internet. Turn on the notification bell on our posts because you never know when a really cool exclusive will pop up! Until next time.

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Source: THR