HBO Max premieres this Monday, August 22, its prequel to the successful ‘Game of Thrones’, which will focus on the Targaryen dynasty
‘The House of the Dragon’ has completely revolutionized the series scene even before its premiere. The series is undoubtedly one of the great audiovisual bets of the year, with which HBO will try to fill the gap left in 2019 by ‘Game of Thrones’, after a controversial ending -and for many hasty- of the eight seasons that we live in West. The universe created by George RR Martin has a great fandom that three years later is still eagerly awaiting the return of the dragons to their screens and that will now be able to see in depth the history of one of the most important dynasties in the saga.
The Targaryens will take the reins of Westeros again in ‘The House of the Dragon’, a story that will narrate the events that occurred 200 years before the end of the Iron Throne and will show the fall of one of the most powerful families of the Seven Kingdoms. The plot focuses on the reign of Viserys (Paddy Considine), who will try to rule Westeros after replacing his grandfather, Jaehaerys Targaryen (Michael Carter).
The new HBO series adapts the book
Fire and Blood (Fire and Blood) that Martin published in 2019 to complement his saga and in which important details about House Targaryen are provided. The prequel will be the first title that is born after the ‘Game of Thrones’ phenomenon and aims to be the prelude to what is expected to be a prolific franchise, whose next confirmed production will be a
spin off which will follow in the footsteps of Jon Snow (Kit Harington) after his exile at the end of
Song of ice and fire.
Ryan Condal and Miguel Sapochnik are in charge of adapting Martin’s book to the audiovisual format, who also appears as co-creator. A remarkable task because it has not been based on a usual narrative structure, since the work is not planned as a novel but as a history book that we will now see scripted. But this will not be the only big difference between ‘The House of the Dragon’ and the original series: in this new installment we will not only see the struggles and entanglements to gain power, but rather we will witness the other side of history, the collapse of the Targaryens after the election of the new heir to the throne.
What is ‘The House of the Dragon’ about?
The series focuses on the high point of the Targaryens, the – until then – most powerful family in all of Westeros, when the dragons hovered over the Seven Kingdoms and were the most important banner of all the Houses. The story that we will see recreates the period in which the civil war that is known in the universe created by Martin as The Dance of the Dragons takes place, in which the two heirs of King Viserys I will try to seize the succession to the crown.
The plot explores the reticence at the end of the patriarchy (which we already saw in Khaleesi’s story) by posing the duality between Prince Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith), the troublesome and violent brother of the king; and Princess Rhaenyra (Emma D’Arcy and Milly Alcock), daughter of King Viserys and whose possible accession to the throne arouses suspicion among supporters of the traditional power system. The fiction will narrate the fall of the Targaryens from its starting point, with misogyny and intra-family rivalries as the trigger for the decline of the dynasty.
Of course, the dragons (up to 17 copies will appear) and the fire will be the only thing that fans of the saga see similar to ‘Game of Thrones’, since no character will appear from those known to date.
George RR Martin himself seems to be more than satisfied with the result, as he himself assured in the presentation of the series during the San Diego Comic-Con (International Comics Convention) at the end of last July: “I am very happy”, came to say the author of the saga.
Who’s who in ‘The House of the Dragon’
Until now we know the last and only heiress of the Targaryen family: Daenerys, Khaleesi, Mother of dragons or Breaker of chains are some of the names of one of the great protagonists of ‘Game of Thrones’. Now we can finally put a face to more members of the House that dominated Westeros for centuries. These are the key names so you don’t get lost in the new part of the story:
– Paddy Considine will play King Viserys Targaryen, chosen to succeed the previous monarch, Jaehaerys Targaryen (Michael Carter).
– Matt Smith plays Prince Daemon Targaryen, younger brother of King Viserys, a warrior who has great support among the people because it is said that he has the true blood of the dragon.
– Milly Alcock and Emma D’Arcy play Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, the eldest daughter of King Viserys, with Valyrian blood and a dragon rider, whom everyone considers a true Targaryen but does not fully support as queen because she is a woman.
– Alicent Hightower (Emily Carey and Olivia Cooke) is the Hand of the King, very close to the monarch due to her position as adviser and reputed to be the most beautiful of the Seven Kingdoms.
Premiere of ‘The House of the Dragon’: when and where to see the chapters
The season will have 10 chapters that will be published weekly every Sunday, the same formula that HBO has already applied with ‘Game of Thrones’. The new series can be seen on the HBO Max platform from August 22, when the first episode will be released.
At the moment it has not been confirmed if it will be the only season that we will see of the series or if HBO will opt to squeeze the phenomenon as it did with its predecessor.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.