Tonight marks the launch of House of the Dragon, the first of a number of upcoming Game of Thrones spin-offs.
It’s a prequel, set long before the original, focused on the Targaryen house. It was also sheparded directly by author George RR Martin, unlike the final seasons of Game of Thrones, giving some fans hope it could recapture some of that old magic again.
House of the Dragon Trailer – HBO Max
They are building another pop culture “universe” between this and other projects.
Here’s what he told the Wall Street Journal:
“How many shows will make it to air? I don’t know, but I hope the answer will be several,” Martin said. “And we’ll have something akin to the Marvel or ‘Star Wars’ model by the time it’s all settled.”
House Of The Dragon Takes Place In A New Era Of Westeros
After the divisive Game of Thrones series finale saw Daenerys Targaryen’s demise, HBO has drummed up a new storyline from the saga to explore.
bustle : House of the Dragon is expected to be the network’s next big thing. Based on Fire & Blood, the 2018 novel from George R.R. Martin, Game of Thrones fans shouldn’t expect to see any recognizable faces. There won’t be any appearances from Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner), or any of the remaining Stark children. Instead, the new series, created by Ryan Condal, takes place about two centuries before the events depicted in Game of Thrones’ eight seasons.
Game of Thrones first introduced a world where the Targaryen name had lost its shine; the family’s legacy burned to embers due to the caustic rule they led over the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros in the past. The original HBO series takes place years after King Robert Baratheon led the rebellion against Aerys “the Mad King” Targaryen. And for most of that series, Daenerys’ storyline exists on the outliers of the main plot. While we may all recall Emilia Clarke’s performance as the Targaryen who brought destruction upon many innocent lives in the final season, she starts as a naive young woman, stuck in an arranged marriage with Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa) by her cruel older brother Viserys.
All the nerdy things you need to know about ‘House of the Dragon’
Game of Thrones” fans, it’s time to put your season 8 trust issues aside and return to Westeros for another emotionally taxing adventure! HBO’s new spinoff “House of the Dragon” promises to have all of the rich lore of the original series, plus an extended CGI dragon budget.
As it is with any good high fantasy tale, your “House of the Dragon” experience will likely benefit from a little nerd homework. Here is everything you need to know before you watch so you can avoid common confusions like “Why are all of these blonde people so sad?” or “Wait, they’re related?!”
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“House of the Dragon” is a prequel series that focuses on the Targaryen dynasty; they of myth, madness, incest and purple shampoo. In the original “Game of Thrones” show and in the “Song of Ice And Fire” book series, the powerful House Targaryen has all but died off thanks to regicide and what seems to be a familial lack of impulse control from generations of inbreeding. Daenerys Targaryen is one of the few that remain in GoT-times, and even she gets prematurely sent off to the Shadow Lands by her nephew-lover, Jon Snow. (The Targaryen family tree is very narrow, yet complicated. The Targaryen Family Shillelagh, if you will.)