I’m still trying to catch up on my backlog of shows that I didn’t get to last year. House of the Dragon is definitely among the shows I was very excited about, so it’s high time we talk about it!
The Plot (according to Rotten Tomatoes):
The reign of House Targaryen begins with this prequel to popular HBO series “Game of Thrones.” Based on George R.R. Martin’s “Fire & Blood,” “House of the Dragon” is set nearly 200 years before the events of “Game of Thrones,” telling the story of the Targaryen civil war with King Viserys I Targaryen’s children battling for control of the Iron Throne.
This was an interesting show. I had always enjoyed Game of Thrones up until that point where Benioff and Weiss had to ruin everything, and devoured the books. Since there’s still no hope in sight for the next novel actually coming out, I was content to check out this new show.
First of all, the story is well written. You can tell the plot was crafted intricately, it’s not just randomly slapped together. From what I understand, there is a novel this is based on, but I haven’t read it yet. I wonder how much of the story was just copy-pasted from there. With Game of Thrones, the best bits in the show, every great quote, came directly from the novels and the moment we ran out of source material is when things went to hell. So, I am curious to find out if, for House of The Dragon, the show also sticks very closely to the book.
While I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that this is a faithful adaptation in some regards, I certainly was surprised by the timeline. In Game of Thrones, things were moving at an almost glacial pace. Consider how many seasons/books there are and how much is covered. House of the Dragon moves on a much more accelerated timeline than that. The show spans across a good amount of years even thou we are only one season in so far. I don’t know why, but I just hadn’t expected that and had assumed it’d be more similar to GOT. From what I understand, there is only one novel so far called Fire & Blood (about 700 pages according to Goodreads) and that’s what HOTD is based on thus far. Which means, George RR Martin actually is covering a lot more ground when writing than I’m used to from him. Well, there is supposed to be another book (Blood & Fire) but hell knows when that is gonna come out. Probably when we’re already 10 seasons deep into the show. Maybe never. We shall see.
One reason I’m really looking forward to reading the book is to finally properly learn all the same. It’s the same struggle I had with GOT. There are just so many characters. And in HOTD they all have very similar names which can be rather confusing. On top of that we have a time jump of several years where new actors take on the roles, so now you can’t even go by faces you might remember. This is not really a criticism, it’s definitely not the show’s fault that there is so much happening. It’s more a heads-up to really focus and concentrate when watching the show or you’ll end up very confused.Continue reading