HBO’s Game of Thrones prequel series House of the Dragon will premiere on August 21st. HBO will certainly be hoping this prequel series can be as popular as Game of Thrones. The story for House of Dragon comes from an historical outline by creator George R. R. Martin in his Fire and Blood book. House of the Dragon is set around 200 years prior to the events of Game of Thrones. The show sets up a Targaryen Civil War that almost tears the Seven Kingdoms apart.
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Interestingly September is going to be a real big month for fantasy. House of the Dragon is going directly up against Amazon’s The Rings of Power show, based on The Lord of the Rings Tolkien mythology. House of the Dragon begins on August 21st and will run for 10 weeks, putting the finale on Sunday October 23rd. The Rings of Power premieres on Friday September 2nd and will run for 8 weeks, putting the finale on October 21st just 2 days before House of the Dragon‘s finale.
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Paddy Considine, Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best, Fabien Frankel, Sonoya Mizuno, and Rhys Ifans star in House of the Dragon. The cast also includes Milly Alcock, Bethany Antonia, Phoebe Campbell, Emily Carey, Harry Collett, Ryan Corr, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jefferson Hall, David Horovitch, Wil Johnson, John Macmillan, Graham McTavish, Ewan Mitchell, Theo Nate, Matthew Needham, Bill Paterson, Phia Saban, Gavin Spokes, and Savannah Steyn.
The question is, which fantasy show will come out on top? Both these juggernauts would qualify as the premiere fantasy franchises after the TV success of Thrones and the movie success of The Lord of the Rings. However we are in unusual territory here. Both of these shows are set around historical manuals rather than actual novels written by their creators. That means a lot of the writing challenges fall upon the writing teams of the shows and not the authors. Of course there is one advantage House of the Dragon has. The creator is still around to give advice and have a say. Tolkien on the other hand would probably never have allowed this show to be made in the first place.
House of the Dragon will premiere on August 21st. Will you be watching, or are you still down about how Game of Thrones Season 8 went off the deep end?