T il Game of Thrones finale is still fresh in the public mind. Why, it seems it was only yesterday as the world came together to witness the climax of George RR Martin's Song of Ice and Fire saga, asking themselves questions.questions like "WHY IS EVERYTHING SO DARK?" and "WHY IS MY FAVORITE TV SHOW MASSIVELY SHIT?
But two and a half years is a long time in the world of intellectual property and, believing that it's always much easier to get viewers to watch a spin-off of something they ended up hating than to get them to invest in something new , the GoT House of the Dragon prequel is now on the horizon.
Set two centuries before Game of Thrones, it promises to tell the story of the dreaded House Targaryen. Very little has been revealed about the series so far. We were given a cast list, shown some photos and promised the episodes would be released next year. Of course, it was pretty easy to fill in the blanks, especially considering how excited everyone was on Game of Thrones had to explain every thing each of their ancestors did from birth to death, but officially that was it.
But now things have changed. A first trailer has just been released and, although it is only 70 seconds long, the message could not be clearer. If you liked Game of Thrones, you will like House of the Dragon. And if you didn't like Game of Thrones, you'll probably still watch House of the Dragon so you can follow what everyone else is talking about.
As you might expect, this new series looks big and grand and expensive. The scale is vast. The costumes are sumptuous. All of the characters appear to be having an attack of gastroenteritis. And they should, because House of the Dragon is ultimately a tragedy. Like Better Call Saul, we already know where this story is going. House Targaryen may be well seated in.ur at the moment, but we know what downfall she is facing. Whatever happens here, whatever awesome heights the Targaryens might face, we all know that one of their descendants will eventually fuck his nephew and turn into Hitler and let Bran Stark become king.
As for the actual content of the trailer, we don't have much to do. There are jousting, which is great because who doesn 't like jousting. There are sword fights, which are basically horseless jousting. We see the Iron Throne and a huge dragon. And, best of all, we see the rarest of sites: residents of Westeros who are not white.
So for the most part, the trailer deals with big themes. As Matt Smith's Daemon Targaryen gravely intones, this is a story about "Gods, Kings, Fire and Blood ". He then explains that "LDreams didn't make us kings, dragons did "which is about all anyone can expect from a Game of Thrones prequel, isn't it? I mean, if you wanted to laugh it wouldn't hurt to add "Uncomfortably gratuitous female nudity " to it, but beggars can't choose.
That said, you can't get out of the House of the Dragon trailer without realizing that it's going to be huge. HBO couldn't have higher expectations for it. When this show comes out , the whole world will talk about it. And I hope not because they can't see what's going on.
- House of the Dragon will be released in 2022