Winter is coming…
Kind of? What’s the new tagline for House of the Dragon?
Anyways, HBO has released a new featurette for House of the Dragon, with the subtitle at one point reading “A New Reign”.
Perhaps “A New Reign is coming” is a better fit then.
The very strategic featurette appears to, of course, showcase a couple of glimpses at characters and scenes, but seems to really want to focus on getting fans hyped for the show; particularly those fans who may be a bit apprehensive to start this new journey after the disaster of Game of Thrones season eight. You can watch it below
Co-creators Ryan J. Condal and Miguel Sapochnik speak about the pressure they have faced when writing the show, trying to stay true to the Game of Thrones lore and fanbase. “You get that great call, which is the thing that every writer is hoping for, telling you, ‘We’re going to go make this thing.’ Then you’re happy for a few seconds, and then you realize the responsibility that’s on your shoulders.”
Novelist George R.R Marin also chimes in, saying he believes he is in good in hands with Ryan and Miguel, and he knows they will stay faithful to his world.
With Martin being accredited as “co-creator,” it does allow us to breathe a small sign of relief. One can only assume that if the writer of this magnificent world is helping create the series, surely it cannot crash and burn like its predecessor.
And to give credit where credit’s due… this featurette does a pretty good job at getting the viewer hyped. Maybe even just a little. A small inkling of curiosity- and even excitement and nostalgia- as we see the screen fly over a map, going from place to place and the halls leading up to the Iron Throne.
Also, during the new HBO featurette, we’re given preview of how grand some of the sets will be, the star-studded cast, flashes of scenes that have already been filmed, and of course, some easter eggs from Game of Thrones– namely the three dragon eggs that Daenerys was gifted in Season one.
It’s meant to show us that the world is the same, but the show- House of the Dragon will be different. They are trying to learn from the mistakes of the first series. They are trying to do right by this material.
“The idea of going back to Westeros was almost too much of a challenge,” Sapochnik explains in the featurette. “You have to start by respecting it. You can’t start by doing different for different’ s sake.
House of the Dragon will be based on Martin’s Fire and Flood series, which will focus on House Targaryen approximately 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones seemingly ending with the Targaryen civil war known as The Dance of Dragons.
The name of that war itself should make almost anyone want to tune in.
House of the Dragon premieres on HBO on August 21.