Game of Thrones faces the curse of the finale that many other TV shows have faced over the years. The final season of the series was one of the most critically panned ones of the entire series. This came as a surprise as the series was rather successful and managed to bring to screen the narrative of George R.R. Martin’s fantasy universe. There was a lot of excitement when it was announced that we would be getting a prequel series to the show. The prequel series House of Dragons might actually help redeem the Game of Thrones narrative and bring back the massive fan-following it had.
Game of Thrones
HBO had gathered a massive audience with Game of Thrones as the narrative attracted a rather large amount of interest. Fans of the series started coming up with their own theories and it became a sort of a religious thing to watch every new episode. Due credit has to be given to the wide range of characters the series features. This allowed the fans to have interesting choices to approach the series. It is rather unbelievable to think that a story about family, bloodlines, ice zombies, and dragons will become this big of a deal.
But the seven seasons of build-up that the series gave didn’t really land as planned for HBO. The final season of the series got the most terrible reviews and it brought the entire series to a whole new low. This wasn’t planned considering the terrible reviews did not affect the viewership records for the series. But it had terrible reception and there are even rumors that this negativity even made into the cast’s WhatsApp chat group.
House of the Dragon
There is a chance that the upcoming prequel series House of the Dragon might end up redeeming the failure of Game of Thrones final season. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Miguel Sapochnick said:
That said, we can’t say, ‘Well, when we did Thrones, we did it this way …’. If you start every sentence with that, you’ve lost. This is something else, and should be something else. It’s a different crew, different people, different tone. Hopefully, it will be seen as something else. But it will have to earn that — it won’t happen overnight. Hopefully, fans will enjoy it for the thing that it is. We’ll be lucky if we ever come close to what the original show was, so we’re just putting our heads down and getting on with it and hoping what we come up with is worthy of having a Game of Thrones title.
When asked about the relationship it will share with the original series the director said:
I think we were very respectful of what the original show is. It wasn’t broken, so we’re not trying to reinvent the wheel. House of the Dragon has its own tone that will evolve and emerge over the course of the show. But first, it’s very important to pay respects and homage to the original series, which was pretty groundbreaking. We’re standing on the shoulders of that show and we’re only here because of that show. So the most important thing for us to do is to respect that show as much as possible and try and complement it rather than reinvent it. And I was involved in making the original show, so I feel like that’s been useful. Like, I’m not arriving going, ‘Let’s change everything! Let’s do a different color palette!’ No, I quite like the color palette.
The show has been created by the Game of Thrones writer George RR Martin and the creator of Colony Ryan Condal. It will be based on the companion books to the original series titled Fire and Blood. Ryan Condal will serve ad the showrunner with director Miguel Sapochnik. The latter is renowned for directing the Battle of the Bastards episode from Game of Thrones.
House of the Dragon will come out in 2022 on HBO. Are you excited about this prequel series? Let us know in the comments.