The street forward is unsure, Viserys Targaryen warns in new promo footage launched forward of this weekend’s debut of House of the Dragon on HBO and HBO Max. “But the end is clear.”
In a method, it’s the type of prophetic declaration you would additionally think about coming from a go well with at HBO or its company overlords at WarnerMedia, repeatedly, following the end-of-an-era May 2019 finale of Game of Thrones. That was, in fact, a singular second for the community, one which compelled HBO to in a short time come to phrases with a nettlesome dilemma probably extra fearsome than any Targaryen dragon: After successful as huge as Game of Thrones, what comes subsequent?
“The road ahead” might certainly be unsure. But not less than by way of programming, there’s been no actual deceleration to talk of by way of HBO’s post-Game of Thrones skill to insert new exhibits into the cultural dialog. It’s given us, for instance, collection like The White Lotus, Euphoria, and Succession — all of them buzzy, popular culture touchstones.
In a matter of days, a Game of Thrones prequel collection would be the subsequent addition to that record, by way of the much-anticipated, 10-episode House of the Dragon, launching on Sunday, August 21.
On Thursday, HBO launched a brand new official promo video — titled Fire Will Reign — to proceed stoking viewer curiosity forward of the arrival of Episode 1 (The Heirs of the Dragon). Check out the footage, the ultimate trailer being launched forward of this weekend, embedded under.
Suffice it to say, it actually seems to be like Thrones star Peter Dinklage won’t have been off the mark in any respect when he promised earlier this yr that the brand new collection will probably be ‘actually f***ing good.”
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House of the Dragon forged, launch date, and extra
The House of the Dragon forged contains Paddy Considine, Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best, Fabien Frankel, Sonoya Mizuno, and Rhys Ifans. The present debuts on Sunday, August 21, with subsequent episodes launched every Sunday (which takes us via October 23).
Here, additionally, is the logline from HBO Max. “Based on George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood, the series, set 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones, tells the story of House Targaryen.”
Matt Smith as Daemon Targaryen in HBO’s “House of the Dragon.” Image supply: Ollie Upton/HBO
If you need to get an early sense of what House of the Dragon is all about? Definitely get your fingers on a duplicate of Fire & Blood, printed again in 2018. It purports to have been written by the Archmaester Gyldayn of the Citadel, in a method that Martin’s writer has in comparison with The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Don’t let that dissuade you, although. Dragons, political intrigue, epic battles — all the acquainted parts that Thrones followers liked are current right here.
Indeed, the bloody, ceaseless jockeying for energy herein will little question shortly hook even informal followers of the predecessor collection. “I placed my heir upon the Iron Throne,” Viserys Targaryen himself muses at one level, recounting a dream, “and all the dragons roared as one.”
House of the Dragon debuts August 21 at 9:00 p.m. ET on HBO and will probably be out there to stream on HBO Max. New episodes will debut every week on the identical time.
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