Could ‘House of the Dragon’ Redeem The Awful ‘Game of Thrones’ Finale?
While Game of Thrones captured the imagingation of millions, it ultimately left fans with a bad aftertaste, resulting in the property losing mass appeal after a disastrous 8th Season finale. With the prequel now knocking on our doors, are we set for an exciting revival? Critics definetly think so.
A full eleven years after Game of Thrones became a worldwide sensation, fans are set to return once more to Westeros with the highly-awaited prequel House of the Dragon, which has already seen rave early reviews from critics.
A private preview of the series pilot has just taken place, as fans speculate on whether they’re in for another disappointment, following the previous series’ cataclysmically poor ending. The story itself seems grand in scope — set two hundred years before the events of Game of Thrones, the series will chronicle the ultimate downfall of House Targaryen, as referred to in The Dance of the Dragons.
Fortunately, critics have begun to convince us that we’re right to keep high expectations as HBO ushers in what might be a renaissance for fans of the fantasy drama series.
Here’s what reviewers had to say:
I did not like the last season of #GameofThrones. At all. But I’ll admit the series premiere of #HouseOfTheDragonHBO is really well done and I’ll definitely continue watching. After the episode ended they showed an extended preview of the season and looks cool. pic.twitter.com/wzuIMkZWe0— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) July 28, 2022
For those curious about the series, without spoilers, I can say that the thing I really dig is the fact that it still feels epic in scale and scope while telling a personal and intimate story about one family, showcasing both their love and dysfunction— Christina Radish (@ChristinaRadish) July 28, 2022
The pilot is the single best episode of television ever. The rest will be just as good— watching as intended (@theatomchode) July 30, 2022
Black Girl Nerds
I didn’t know how much I missed the #GameofThrones theme song until I heard it tonight at the #HouseoftheDragon premiere! That first episode is fantastic! Can’t wait to see what’s next. Fingers crossed it’s no repeat of the final season of GoT. @BlackGirlNerds #hbo #HBOMax pic.twitter.com/8EZYC8iLY8— Cat Combs (@ccfilmcritic) July 28, 2022
The #HouseOfTheDragonHBO pilot very efficiently explains its context in relation to GoT, introduces its core characters, and lays out the central conflict of the series. It’s an easy to follow premiere with vibrant colors and detailed texture. Absolutely a worthy successor so far pic.twitter.com/3lARILHfuv— Brandon Katz (@Great_Katzby) July 28, 2022
I think the first episode of HOTD will easily rope curious fans back in after the rocky finish of GOT. I think they’ve earned a season of fans’ continued loyalty, if they deliver on the promise of the 1st episode I saw for the whole of this season, watch out, cause ASOIAF’s back!— Bald Move (@BaldMove) July 28, 2022
To summarise, the reactions absolutely blew fans’ expectations out of the water.
Many seem hyped as the show returns to solid writing foundations as the original novel, titled Blood and Fire, which is a fully realised and bookended story, unlike the mainline Song of Ice and Fire series.
Fans estimate that Game of Thrones relied on author George R.R. Martin’s storylines up until Season 5, after which screenwriters David Beniof and D.B. Weiss began to make up their own material, which didn’t hold up to fan expectations.
As a result, some seem sceptical of how excited the reviewers are, but with an 11th August release date, we won’t have to wait for long before we can decide for ourselves.
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