Welcome back to Westeros

I thought myself finished with Game of thronesAnd I hardly think I’m the only one. Between the clumsy final season of the HBO series and the seemingly endless waiting Winter winds, I was content to leave George R.R. Martin’s fictional world – which I was once obsessed with – for good. I may even be subconsciously rooting for Dragon House – HBO’s first channel Game of thrones Spinoff – Failing that, I may not have to reinvest in this world. I hadn’t even finished watching the first episode of Dragon House Before I realized it wasn’t the case anymore. All it took was one shot of a dragon soaring over King’s Landing powered by Ramen Djawadi’s score to hook me. By the end of the episode, I was once again under the spell of Westeros.

Dragon House Happening nearly two centuries ago Game of thrones Started. The show uses Martin fire and blooda brief history of the Targaryen dynasty, as its foundation. Dragon House Focuses specifically on the era leading up to “Dancing with Dragons”, the Targaryen Civil War of Succession mentioned in Game of thrones. King Viserys I Targaryen (Paddy Considine) struggled to produce male heirs. When any hope of having a son seems to die with his wife, Viserys must think, in his grief, of whom his throne should pass: his brother, the ambitious and unpredictable, Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith), or his daughter, “The Realm’s Delight,” Rhaenyra Targaryen (Millie Alcock). Viserys’ choice, and unexpected future choices, sets in motion a chain of events that threatens to tear the world apart.

Despite the great risks, Dragon House He is less focused on the politics of the matter and more interested in his characters. Over the years, viewers have seen Rhaenyra grow from a daydreaming child into a determined young adult. Alcock exhibits amazing versatility in her performances, able to skillfully alternate between a competent child, an ambitious princess, and an inquisitive young woman. Smith brings cunning to Daemon while bringing all of the character’s subtle frustrations to the fore. Considine shines with his warm role as Viserys, a character made tragic due to his desire to do good and right by his daughter while always seeming to make the wrong decisions. No poor performance among the cast in these first five episodes, as Rhys Ifans’ calm and confident Otto Hightower, King’s Hand, competes beautifully with Emily Carey’s on-nervous role as Otto’s daughter, Alicent.

What is charming Dragon HouseThe first five episodes (the sixth is something else entirely, I’ll get to it) is how different it is Game of thrones. Viewers visited Westeros for the first time via an epic all-encompassing saga, bouncing back and forth between half a dozen subplots in several locations. Dragon House It presents itself as a focused drama that takes place almost entirely within the walls of the Red Keep. where a lot of Game of thronesThe plot is driven, at times, by the cartoonish ambitions of its characters, Dragon House More intimate and built on complex and conflicting relationships. It is a story of conflicting emotions, family ties, and intimacy amid age, made infinitely more complex by the responsibility of the royal family. as an introduction, Dragon House Can’t count on the same level of mystery and intrigue as Game of thrones. Instead, it tells a lot of personal stories fueled by a desire to define oneself in the face of societal norms and assumptions, adding character and compassion to the relatively dry source material.

And everything looks great. The grandeur of medieval collections and cool special effects fans will love Game of thrones They are all still the same. The directing is impeccable, especially the first episode directed by Miguel Saposhnik, who creates captivating frames of light and shadow. Game of thrones“The featured graphics are also intact, with plenty of violence and flesh. However, it has also shifted in a new direction. Much of the story revolves around how Westeros sees the role of women, a theme emphasized by the still depiction of childbirth, which often It directly contrasts with the glorious violence that men inflict on one another, sometimes just for the sake of sport.

However, things take a turn in the sixth episode of the show. Halfway through the first season, things change with the older cast replacing several of the main cast playing older versions of those characters, and a new batch of younger characters joining. It’s a disgusting turnaround, especially as the light-hearted performance of the younger actors fades away, replaced, in some cases, by much larger performances from the adult cast and more grotesque energy from the new kids. At the same time, pace and plot take on a more familiar form as ambitious planners make bold moves, and war appears to be looming. It’s not bad, but it’s pretty much what I expected from a file Game of thrones series. After I’m happy with the roads Dragon HouseThe first five episodes surprised me, that this hub drained some of my enthusiasm.

However, there are things that are much worse than becoming more Game of thrones. After all, despite the backlash for the final season, Game of thrones It was some of the best television ever created for the vast majority – if not the entire – of its show. But even if the rest Dragon House Set in an all-too-familiar style, it can’t take away from these first five rings being so well-made and eye-catching. Game of thrones Fans and newcomers should settle in for an excellent five weeks, maybe more.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Dragon House It premieres August 21 on HBO and HBO Max.

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