House Of The Dragon’: 7 New Revelations About The ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel

This has been an extremely eventful week for the Dragon family. The official teaser for HBO’s Game of Thrones prequel, which premieres at Comic-Con this Saturday, has been revealed (see below), and The Hollywood Reporter has published an in-depth Dragon cover story.

HBO’s first follow-up show to its all-time biggest hit was the subject of this behind-the-scenes look at the network, which also included a visit to the set of the British series and interviews with its stars, creator, and showrunners.

Unlike Game of Thrones, Dragon follows a novel structure that is more akin to Netflix’s The Crown: The female stars, Emily Carey and Milly Alcock, are replaced with Olivia Cooke and Emma D’Arcy, as well as various time jumps of several years throughout the season.

House Of The Dragon’: 7 New Revelations About The ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel
House Of The Dragon’: 7 New Revelations About The ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel

Ryan Condal, the show’s creator and showrunner, feels this is the proper way to tell the story. We’re recounting the tale of a war that spans the ages. We have everything set up so that by the time the first blade is drawn, you know who everyone is.
Like Game of Thrones did for nuptials, the new show will celebrate new life. According to the show’s creator, “giving birth was violence” in the Middle Ages. It’s about as risky as things can get. Your odds of survival are exactly even.

The same way I did for a lot of fights on Game of Thrones, we decided to give each birth on the program its own unique subject and examine it from a variety of angles. While Dragon will feature less sexual content than Game of Thrones, Sapochnik assures us that the show will not shy away from the sexual violence that is an integral part of its Middle Ages-inspired fantasy world. If anything, our focus will be on highlighting that point.

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No one should ignore it or make too much of it. The unaired HBO pilot Bloodmoon, written by Jane Goldman and starring Naomi Watts, was mysteriously canceled despite receiving praise for its “mature, intellectual, and cerebral” subject matter and central dialogue about disenfranchisement in the face of colonialism and religious extremism.

Although Martin is an absolute insider, he has never seen the final product. One high-ranking official commented, “It wasn’t unwatchable or awful or anything.” Very well made, and it looked fantastic. However, I wasn’t transported to the same mental space as I was in the first season.

No one should ignore it or make too much of it. The unaired HBO pilot Bloodmoon, written by Jane Goldman and starring Naomi Watts, was mysteriously canceled despite receiving praise for its “mature, intellectual, and cerebral” subject matter and central dialogue about disenfranchisement in the face of colonialism and religious extremism.

Although Martin is an absolute insider, he has never seen the final product. One high-ranking official commented, “It wasn’t unwatchable or awful or anything.” Very well made, and it looked fantastic. However, I wasn’t transported to the same mental space as I was in the first season.

The executives at HBO dismissed the idea that backlash from the last season of Thrones would affect Dragon’s popularity. Casey Bloys, the head of content for HBO and HBO Max, believes that the reaction was the result of a social media backlash.

“I believe that throughout many sectors of our society, we are reminding ourselves that Twitter is not real life. We expected it to be controversial; it’s natural to want your entire fan base to approve, but you can’t please everyone.

There weren’t many down-and-outers out and about. It’s an interpretation that plays well on the page but is unlikely to accurately capture audience sentiment. HBO is prepared to renew the series soon after its premiere on August 21 if the ratings are satisfactory.

While nothing has been confirmed as of yet, the civil war storyline on Dragon could be resolved in as few as three or four seasons. However, that may not be the final episode. The show may then theoretically skip ahead or back in time several decades to narrate other events in the Targaryen dynasty (like Aegon’s Conquest) with a fresh cast.

“The Targaryens reach far and wide.” This is a fantastic foundation upon which to build other stories and spinoffs.

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