The highly anticipated HBO Max/Sky Game Of Thrones prequel series House OfThe Dragon is coming to our TV screens soon – and George RR Martin has shared all his first impressions.
Updated 10 March: While we’ve had the teaser trailer to keep us going these past few months, the excitement for House Of The Dragon perseveres. The highly anticipated Game Of Thrones sequel is most definitely on our radar and we’ve finally got a release date update from George RR Martin himself.
Taking to his blog, the acclaimed author discussed the multiple projects he has going on but also took the chance to confirm that “House Of The Dragon is coming soon. That’s what you will see first.”
He writes: “So far, I am very excited. House Of The Dragon has wrapped in London and is now in post-production. What I have seen, I have loved.I am eager to see more.”
He also revealed that he’s “excited about the other successor shows as well” and while he’s “dying to tell [us] all about them”, he simply stated that he’s “not supposed to”.
The “successor shows”, as he puts them, have taken a lot of the author’s time and attention this year. He wrote: “I have seen some comments out there questioning how much I am involved in these new series. The answer is: a lot. Deeply, heavily involved in every one of the new shows.
“It’s my world, and while I have been working closely with some fantastic writers and showrunners, ultimately it is up to me to try to keep the canon… well, canonical… and to do all I can to help make the new shows great. (And I love these stories too).”
As well as House Of The Dragon, Martin revealed that we can expect live action shows for HBO and animated shows for HBO Max. While he can’t guarantee how many will actually air, the ideas “are quite different in tone and approach than what has gone before, and that thrills me”, writes the novelist.
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It’s a small mercy that as even we head into another relatively uncertain new year, the entertainment world is guaranteeing us plenty of brilliant new TV shows. HBO Max’s Sex And The City revival And Just Like That is in full swing, there’s a stream of hard-hitting BBC dramas on the box, and it feels like even more new trailers for things we’re truly excited about are dropping every day.
One of the biggest TV shows on our radar in 2022, however, is undoubtedly House Of The Dragon. Based on Martin’s Fire & Blood, the upcoming HBO/Sky prequel series is set a few hundred years before the events of the original epic Game Of Thrones, and unravels the story of the Targaryen dynasty.
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George RR Martin has also seen the first episode of House Of The Dragon – and he loves it.
In another post published on his Live Journal, Martin revealed that the “rough cut” he watched of the first episode lives up to all his expectations of epic fantasy.
“I am anticipating House Of The Dragon pretty eagerly myself, for what it’s worth,” he begins. “Okay, I am hardly objective. And I know a lot of what you will be seeing. (I, um, wrote the book). Also … mum’s the word now, don’t tell anyone… I’ve seen a rough cut of the first episode. And loved it. It’s dark, it’s powerful, it’s visceral… just the way I like my epic fantasy.”
Martin went on to explain that showrunners Ryan Condal and Miguel Sapochnik have done “an amazing job”, and praised the cast, which includes Emma D’Arcy, Olivia Cooke, Matt Smith, Paddy Considine, Steve Toussaint, and Rhys Ifans.
“Ryan and Miguel have done an amazing job, and the cast… just as with Game Of Thrones, most viewers will only have heard of a few of the actors, but I think you are going to fall in love with a lot of them. (Only to have your heart broken later when… but no, that would be telling),” he continues.
“I think the Targaryens are in very good hands. Anticipate away. I do not think you will be disappointed.”
Last year, fans were treated to a spine-tingling teaser trailer.
As excited as we all are, the dark and stormy clip doesn’t reveal much beyond what we already know: House Of The Dragon is set 200 years before the events of the original series, during the reign of the Targaryen family (hence all the white hair).
Adapted on tales from George RR Martin’s Fire & Blood, the HBO series will follow House Targaryen on the brink of civil war, a bloody battle that will become known as the Dance of the Dragons.
Here, we’re introduced to the core family members, including Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen, heir to the throne and younger brother of King Viserys Targaryen (Peaky Blinders’ Paddy Considine).
Truth Seekers’ Emma D’Arcy plays Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, King Viserys’s first-born child. Meanwhile, Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill) plays Ser Otto Hightower, the Hand of the King, and his daughter Alicent is played by Olivia Cooke (Sound Of Metal).
“Gods. Kings. Fire. And blood,” Matt Smith’s Daemon growls in the trailer. “Dreams didn’t make us kings. Dragons did.”
And the teaser does deliver all of the above, with a glimpse of a dragon, plenty of sword fights and jousting and another look at the Iron Throne.
In fact, speaking of the Iron Throne, eagle-eyed fans have already been delighted to see how the seat now better reflects what’s depicted in Martin’s novels.
Will it be enough to smooth things over with GoT fans left outraged by how the series ended? Will House Of The Dragon be as good without the original showrunners? Who is the hidden Targaryen we see approaching the Throne? Well, like we said, the trailer’s not giving much away…
It did, however, confirm that House Of The Dragon will arrive on HBO Max in 2022. While there has been no confirmation of if/when HBO Max will arrive in the UK, we’ll be crossing our fingers that Sky Atlantic will pick the show up and air it not long after.
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