House of the Dragon is an American fantasy drama television series. A prequel to Game of Thrones (2011–2019), it is the second show in the franchise, created by George R. R. Martin and Ryan Condal for HBO. Both series are based on the A Song of Ice and Fire novels by Martin. Condal and Miguel Sapochnik are the showrunners. Based on parts of the novel Fire & Blood, the series is set about 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones, and 172 years before the birth of Daenerys Targaryen. It portrays the beginning of the end of House Targaryen, the events leading up to and covering the Targaryen war of succession, known as the “Dance of the Dragons”.
Following House of the Dragon’s extremely successful premiere and strong ratings all through its first weeks, HBO lately dropped the first episode of the show online. Titled “The Heirs of the Dragon,” the entire episode was made available at no cost on YouTube. Taking place over two hundred years prior to the activities of the original series, the prequel brings fans back to Westeros and into the lives of the Targaryens. The show became the most-watched television premiere in the records of HBO, coming in at 9.986 million viewers across conventional cable and HBO Max platforms.
The release of the first episode got here on the same day as Prime Video’s long-awaited release of fellow fantasy series, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. The show has proven to be a show among critics, who praise the series for its big scale and attention to detail. The Rings of Power presently holds a critic rating of 84 percentage on review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes, while the audience rating sits at simply 37 percentage on the time of writing. This appears to be the result of what many consider to be review-bombing.
Success is No Longer a Fantasy
In reaction to House of the Dragon’s strong opening, Casey Bloys, Chief Content Officer at HBO and HBO Max said, “It was wonderful to see millions of Game of Thrones fans go back with us to Westeros ultimate night. House of the Dragon features an incredibly talented cast and crew who poured their heart and soul into the production, and we’re ecstatic with viewers’ positive reaction. We look forward to sharing with audiences what else George, Ryan, and Miguel have in keep for them this season.”
Following the success of director Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, the fantasy style was added into the mainstream thanks in large element to HBO’s Game of Thrones, which have become a cultural phenomenon. House of the Dragon is set 200 years prior to the activities of the display and explores the Targaryen dynasty earlier than its fall and expulsion from Westeros. The Rings of Power, meanwhile, explores the duration in Middle-Earth’s records known as the Second Age, which noticed the upward thrust of Sauron and his Ringwraiths, in addition to the creation of the One Ring.
When and where to watch all of the episodes of house of the dragon?
House of the Dragon airs new episodes each Sunday at 9 pm ET/PT on HBO and HBO Max.