The Iron Throne is up for grabs once more, however this time, a far much less compelling group of claimants are eyeing it. The House of the Dragon, the prequel collection to Game of Thrones that dominated tv discourse for nearly a decade, takes a moderately bumpy flight, nicely, at the least going by the primary episode.
The much-awaited prequel collection begins with informal name-dropping of Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) — the self-made queen and mom of dragons in Game of Thrones, who all of a sudden succumbed to the well-known Targaryen insanity and lowered King’s Landing to ashes, one thing the viewers has by no means fairly forgiven the much-condemned Season 8 for, and rightly so. House of the Dragon emphasises that the present is ready 172 years earlier than her start, so subtext: cease anticipating anybody from Game of Thrones to point out up, thanks very a lot.
Nevertheless, not like Game of Thrones, which was stuffed to the brim with a number of warring households, we give attention to the Targaryens and their lengthy rule, earlier than they have been overthrown, previous to the occasions of Game of Thrones. The premiere establishes the foremost gamers within the dysfunctional household — there’s the father-daughter duo Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans), and Alicent Hightower (Emily Carey). Alicent can’t be trusted by the appears to be like of it, however at current she’s a detailed buddy to Rhaenyra, daughter of the king Viserys I. There’s Matt Smith’s Daemon Targaryen, who’s simply brimming with unhealthy vibes. After 8 years of Game of Thrones, you at all times know when somebody goes to trigger hassle.
In the primary couple of minutes, the characters ambitions are virtually set in stone, getting ready you for raging battles and treachery that’s to return. Succession is the bane of everybody’s existence as standard on this inflexible patriarchal society. Viserys I ascends the throne, as an alternative of his sister, Rhaenys, who’s later known as the Queen That Never Was. Viserys is a well-meaning and good-hearted king, but these comforting traits don’t forestall him from taking a moderately brutal determination throughout his spouse’s gruelling labor, which proves that all of it boils down to 1 factor — an inheritor to the throne. This scene is juxtaposed in opposition to a jousting match, simply establishing that life is a gory sport. It’s a Shakespearean tragedy at play, as neither his spouse or his baby survive, and so he honours Rhaenyra because the inheritor to the throne. There are references to acquainted names and the prophecy to the ‘Endless Winter’ — one thing that GoT stewed over for eight years and it lastly turned out to be the largest disappointment in Season 8. So maybe citing that festering wound wasn’t the brightest concept. Nevertheless, the episode ends on this be aware, and also you already know that nothing goes to go nicely from right here.
The House of the Dragons have a dragon-sized legacy to stay as much as, and so they’ve captured the substances that Game of Thrones was recognized for — dragons, costumes, jousting, treachery, hints of orgies (not an excessive amount of), and violence. However, one thing is lacking. The Targaryens are fascinating for certain, however pale compared to the Starks, the Lannisters from the unique collection, and even their very own descendants. The dialogues appear far too expository at factors, nothing fairly as beautiful but as Cersei Lannister’s (Lena Headey) ‘When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die’, and nobody but, as illuminating as Peter Dinklage’s Tyrion Lannister. Such have been the characters that powered Game of Thrones even when they have been forsaken by unhealthy writing by Season 8, and whereas Rhaenyra reveals hints of a slight spark, the fireplace is severely missing within the premiere. Nevertheless, it’s nonetheless the premiere, we’ll see what’s to return subsequent.
House Of The Dragon has moments of promise, nevertheless it nonetheless doesn’t fairly has the sheen that Game of Thrones possessed in its premiere itself. Let’s see the place it goes from right here.