George R.R. Martin has some thoughts about HBO Max’s highly anticipated Game of Thrones prequel titled "House of the Dragon," which is all set to premiere in 2022.
George R.R. Martin, the writer of the novel, has revealed that he has managed to see "rough cuts" of the first episode, and he loved it. George took to his blog to share his thoughts and said that he is equally excited and waiting for House of Dragon just like the fans, and he describes it as, "It’s dark, it’s powerful, it’s visceral... just the way I like my epic fantasy."
The author went on to appreciate Ryan J. Condal and Miguel Sapochnik for their work and complimented the cast as well, saying, "Just as with Game of Thrones, most viewers will only have heard of a few of the actors, but I think you are going to fall in love with a lot of them. I think the Targaryens are in very good hands. Anticipate away. I do not think you will be disappointed. "
Ryan J. Condal and Miguel Sapochnik are not only going to be showrunners but also serve as executive producers of the show along with George R.R. Martin, Vince Gerardis, Sara Lee Hess, and Ron Schmidt. Ramin Djawadi who composed music for the original series 'Game of Thrones' and 'Westworld' is returning with his magical music for 'House of the Dragon'.
The story of "House of the Dragon" is based on the book "Fire and Blood" and is set almost 200 years before the events of the original Game of Thrones series. The House of Dragons is going to center on the Targaryen dynasty and the civil war that tarnished its name.
The 10-episode series "House of the Dragon" stars Emma D'Arcy is playing Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, heir-apparent to the Iron Throne; Olivia Cooke is playing Alicent Hightower, Rhaenyra's stepmother looking to put her sons in power; Matt Smith is playing Prince Daemon Targaryen, a headstrong warrior with a lust for power; and Paddy Considine is playing King Viserys I Targaryen, the aging king regarded as kind and decent by his subjects.
Fans were highly disappointed with the way Game of Thrones ended season eight, and fans were thrilled when the prequel was announced. There were reports of the author asking the channel to give more seasons to the Game of Thrones series as he believed that more seasons could provide a more stratifying and more entertaining experience to the audience, but the channel did not listen to the author, and thus, the last season of the show faced a huge amount of backlash for various reasons, including the episodes being too dark, the story seemed rushed, and the ending of some significant characters just did not fit with the audience.
Recently, actor Peter Dinklage, who played Tyrion Lannister on the show, shared his thoughts on why the audience did not like the ending of the show. "I think the reason there was some backlash about the ending is because they were angry at us for breaking up with them. We were going off-air, and they didn’t know what to do with their Sunday nights anymore. They wanted more, so they backlashed about that. They wanted the pretty white people to ride off into the sunset together. By the way, it’s fiction. There are dragons in it. Move on. No, but the show subverts what you think, and that’s what I love about it. Yeah, it was called Game of Thrones, but at the end, the whole dialogue when people would approach me on the street was, "Who’s going to be on the throne?" I don’t know why that was their takeaway, because the show was more than that. "
"House of the Dragon" does not have a release date but is expected to be released sometime in 2022.