House of the Dragon, the highly anticipated Game of Thrones prequel, is finally coming. It has started for the countdown for the launch date of the TV series: the pilot will be uploaded to HBO Max on August 21, while here in Italy it will be broadcast on 22 August simultaneously on Sky (and streaming on NOW). Until a few days ago alone George RR Martin he had been able to preview the first episodes of the TV series and had written on his blog that he was enthusiastic about the adaptation of his novel. What is certain is that HBO has staked a lot on the Game of Thrones prequel, so much so that it has already started planning the second season before even launching the first episodes. House of the Dragon will have to deal with the cumbersome legacy of the parent series and the skepticism of fans who did not appreciate the controversial eighth season. However for Matt Smithwho plays the role of Daemon Targaryen, the prequel will manage to win this challenge and break away from Game of Thrones. And judging by the first reactions of the critics, he could really do it.
Some critics got a chance to preview the pilot and passed it with flying colors.
Inspired by the novel Fire And Blood by George RR Martin, House of the Dragon tells the story of the House of Targaryen 200 years before the events we saw in Game of Thrones. The first episode of the awaited TV series was shown at a press event, which apparently made critics fall in love with it. Steven Weintraub of Collider wrote: “I didn’t like the last season of #GameofThrones. At all. But I have to admit that the #HouseOfTheDragonHBO series premiere is really well done and I will definitely continue to watch the series ”. Christina Radish who writes for the same site added that “it feels even more epic in terms of scope [rispetto a Game of Thrones] while telling the personal and intimate story of a familywhich shows both their love and their dysfunction ”.
An Indiewire reporter went even further, coming to define House of the Dragon not only more beautiful than Game of Thrones but also Breaking Bad. He said the pilot is violent and shocking and then added, “HBO has done it again. This is not just another fantasy show, is the BEST series ever made! There is also great action and epic music. A suitable conclusion to prepare the next episode ”. The journalist Brandon Katz from The Wrap gave a much more cautious judgment:
“The #HouseOfTheDragonHBO pilot very efficiently explains its context in relation to GoT, introduces its main characters and outlines the central conflict of the series. It’s an easy-to-follow premiere with vibrant colors and detailed textures. Absolutely a worthy successor [di Game of Thrones] till now”.
These reviews have undoubtedly raised our expectations and we can’t wait for August 21st to be able to judge for themselves whether the critics are right to be so enthusiastic.