“The story of the House Targaryen set 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones”

Directors: Miguel Sapochnik, Greg Yaitanes, Clare Kilner, Geeta Vasant Patel
Writers: Ryan J. Condal, George R.R. Martin, Sara Hess, Charmaine De Grate, Gabe Fonseca, Kevin Lau, Ira Parker, Eileen Shim
Staring: Paddy Considine, Oliva Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, Matt Smith, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best, Rhys Ifans
Release Date: August 21, 2022

This is the month of Game Of Thrones. It has finally come. Three weeks from today, HBO attempts to recapture its largest ever audience and culture hive with the release of House Of The Dragon.

After a teaser trailer that gave us a taste of what to expect from Westeros, this full length trailer absolutely kicks ass.

So running through the basics to remind myself of what is going to be happening in this show. House Of The Dragon is taking place nearly centuries before the events of Game Of Thrones and will primarily feature the Targaryens and their time ruling and surrounding the iron throne.

The trailer points out the season one focal point; the succession line for King Viserys I (Paddy Considine). Daemon (Matt Smith) is the brother of Viserys and the arrogant prince sees himself as the rightful heir to the throne should his brother pass. On the other side of the coin is Rhaenya (Eve Best) and Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock Emma D’Arcy), both of whom are women looking for leadership and purpose in a world that doesn’t make it easy for their sex.

The treacherous honor of being the next sitter on the Iron Throne falls upon Rhaenyra. To put some context for myself and for viewers of Game Of Thrones, everything I read says that she is about eight generations removed from Daenerys Targaryen.

Now is this latest trailer, Viserys make a point to say that he won’t choose between his family members who will follow him at the land’s highest chair. He does not stick that to that proclamation. He chooses Rhaenyra, and Daemon turns into a demon. Civil war and infighting is inevitable.

This is where I don’t want to delve too deep because I am just reading character bios and such to try and understand and remember everyone’s roles. Best thing I have found has been this Screenrant article summarizing the importance the Rhaenyra in The House Of The Dragon.

Now that I have lovingly confused everyone and myself with a bunch of names that all sound familiar, we can just comment on the trailer for House Of The Dragon.

First thing is the musical score. Watched this trailer in the office at work, and then all my coworkers watched it. Three of them remarked on the music. Goosebumps is what they said and showed me. The score is absolutely fantastic.

Second small thing are the giant ass dragons. There are absolute fuck ton of them. They are all over the place, and they are going to be omni-present. With these winged killing machines flying around, let’s just hope that the writers and makers of House Of the Dragon remember that it is the characters and the politics that made Game Of Thrones so good. Once Game Of Thrones went more into the bombastic action and set pieces in the later seasons, it suffered. Let’s have people having conversations in rooms with wine on the table.

I am so prepared for fantasy overload. I will be tuning into House Of The Dragon. Then just a few weeks later, we have Lord Of The Rings: The Tings Of Power premiering on Amazon. These two shows, combined with news that The Witcher season three has begun filming and I am still working through a podcast that is going through each chapter of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books. Oh, and I will eventually be tuning into Westworld (I know science fiction, but still high concept).

All of this is happening when football is beginning as well. Who needs sleep?

House Of Dragon premieres on on HBO August 21, 2022.

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