The House of the Dragon (House of the Dragon): First impressions of the series

There are some elements that invariably come to mind when talking about game of Thrones: explicit violence, nudity (also explicit), power struggles, twists and, of course, the fantastic touch brought by dragons and white walkers. All these components contributed to the frisson surrounding the series, which broke successive ratings records during its run, and are now cleverly used to introduce us to the derivative. The Dragon’s Housewhich premieres this Sunday (21).

To get the comparison out of the way: the first episode of the new series has sex, intrigue and blood to spare. And, of course, beautiful dragons, since we’re talking about a period in Westeros’ history when they were numerous and at the height of their strength. To those who followed the original, these elements bring a sense of familiarity, referring to the early years of production (not by chance, also the most dear to the public). But neither they, nor the dose of references would work if there wasn’t an interesting story to lean on – and that The Dragon’s House presents, at least at the beginning.

The plot follows a specific period of the Targaryen dynasty, when the one who occupied the Iron Throne was King Viserys I (Paddy Considine) – approximately 170 years before the birth of Daenerys Targaryen. It turns out that the monarch has only one daughter, Rhaenyra (Milly Alcockin his teens), and a question begins to form around his succession, as his appointed heir is his brother Daemon (Matt Smith), a strong-willed prince and not exactly used to courtly manners.

The imbroglio has its risk established in the first few minutes of the series, when a character says that the biggest threat to the power of the Targaryens is, well, themselves. It’s almost as if they’re in the Roy’s shoes, the dysfunctional billionaire family of the renowned Successionalso from HBO.

Throughout the pilot, the script of Ryan Condal (series creator alongside George RR Martin) takes care of skillfully presenting the pieces on the board. A few minutes are enough to establish the rivalry between Daemon and the Hand of the King, Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans); Rhaenyra’s friendship with Alicent (Emily Carey, also in the young phase), daughter of Otto; and Westeros’ history of rejecting women on the Throne, personified in the figure of Rhaenys (Eve Best), known as the “queen who never was”.

While it doesn’t particularly delve into any of the characters at this first moment, the story reveals enough about them to maintain interest in the drama that will unfold from there. And here, too, the lineups have merit. Matt Smith, in particular, makes his Daemon a presence as menacing as he is worthy of the spectator’s sympathy, mobilizing attention to himself when he is on stage.

It is also to be commended the safe direction of Miguel Sapochnik at the premiere. veteran of thrones and showrunner of the new series alongside Condal, he creates memorable action scenes and manages to convey fascination in the scenes involving the dragons – well built by the series’ special effects team.

The result of the mix is ​​a tight-knit, efficient pilot that does its job of taking the viewer back to Westeros without alienating newcomers. if The Dragon’s House will reach the level of success of game of Thronesit is impossible to predict – but its promising start is a good sign.

About Hrishikesh Bhardwaj

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