HOUSE OF THE DRAGON is GAME OF THRONES. Sure, it takes place hundreds of years before the events of the original show, but thematically, visually, and emotionally picks up where we left off.

The first episode was so interesting that I picked up a copy of FIRE AND BLOOD, an anthology of short stories about the Targaryen empire (I actually accidentally ordered two, so if you’re interested, let me know). HOUSE OF THE DRAGON is adapted from THE DANCE OF THE DRAGONS, a fictional history of the fall of the Targaryen empire, multiple generations before Daenerys. The story reads like a history book; there’s little dialogue, not much drama, and sparse character depth.

The show is nothing like that.

HOUSE OF THE DRAGON is building up empathy, complexities, and relationships that are only subtly alluded to in the source material. The GAME OF THRONES seasons based on A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE were excellent, and unlike ASOIAF, the source material before HOUSE is complete. I’m confident in our showrunners’ abilities to create a magnificent extension of Westeros.

The best part – you don’t need to have seen GAME OF THRONES to enter this new saga. You’ll get it. You’ll start from page one, from the excellent cast to the glorious story. Even though the second episode was slower than the premiere, you’ll still be taking to the skies with the unfolding tale.

HOUSE OF THE DRAGON is available to stream on HBO Max.

Tarush Mohanti

Tarush Mohant is a playlist curator and music explorer, the creator of illussongs (illustrations of songs), and has a fitness plan motivated by action movies (running, climbing, swimming, hiking). Tarush is also a Product Manager at HBO Max.

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