Game of Thrones is a series that most know about, with many having viewed it from beginning to end. For those who are big fans of the Game of Thrones lore, the spinoff House of the Dragon is a series that they will definitely be looking forward to.
The expectations surrounding House of the Dragon are naturally high considering the success registered by Game of Thrones. The success or otherwise of this new series will potentially determine the future of the franchise. Positive ratings will reflect that viewers still want to watch episodes related to the stories of Westeros and beyond. This is especially important as HBO has communicated that it has another five related projects in the pipeline.
The House of the Dragon is expected to revolve around the setting which is two hundred years before Game of Thrones.
One of the pitfalls that need to be avoided is one where the series becomes a simple remake of the original. Although viewers will expect this series to honour the original, it also needs to establish its own identity. If this series fails to do that and registers poor ratings, HBO may find that the Game of Thrones universe is not the gold mine that it anticipated. Considering the debt held by the company, House of the Dragon is needed to succeed. It is also important to mention that House of the Dragon will have its own competition with The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power entering the fray.
House of the Dragon comes with incredible backing. Game of Thrones aired episodes between 2011 and 2019 and was the most successful in HBO’s history. Although the final episode came with its own controversy as not everyone appreciated how it ended, it attracted twenty million viewers on its premiere. This is an astonishing figure.
Game of Thrones was unique in its way, considering the budgets invested and cinematic scope which was unusual for a television series. This brings about a strong foundation for this and future spinoffs.
In this new television show, viewers can expect several elements that made the original series a success. These include the conflicts within the Targaryen family, gore, dragons and the elusive iron throne. If House of the Dragon is to gather ratings which compare well to its predecessor, we are in for quite a ride.
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