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The new TV series House of the Dragon is a prequel to HBO’s legendary show Game of Thrones, and fans all over the world are excited to go back to Westeros. While details about the new series have been closely guarded by the producers and cast, there are several interesting fan theories that seem plausible. Read on below to learn all about House of the Dragon and what people are predicting.
What is House of the Dragon?
The new series is set 300 years before the beginning of Game of Thrones and tells the story of a bloody civil war in House Targaryen known as the Dance of the Dragons.
House of the Dragon will span ten episodes, the first of which is expected to release on August 21. While the show obviously won’t be including any of the cast from Game of Thrones, fans of the franchise are sure to enjoy being back in the familiar fantasy world.
Plenty of combat scenes
One thing’s for sure in any production in the Game of Thrones universe: there will be plenty of war scenes. And while the original show included plenty of politics and diplomacy, what we know about the Dance of the Dragons suggests that this series will be bloodier than ever.
Joining the show as director is Miguel Sapochnik, who gained a reputation for creating some of the most epic battles in Game of Thrones. This has led many fans to anticipate more awesome battle scenes in the new series.
Plenty of fierce women
One thing can be seen for sure in the trailers for House of the Dragon, and that’s that the new series will be centered on powerful women like Rhaenyra Targaryen and Alicent Hightower. From what can be seen in the trailers, the two women will be engaged in a vicious battle for the Iron Throne, which many men don’t want to see either of them on.
Significantly different from the books
In George R.R. Martin’s original series A Song of Ice and Fire, which Game of Thrones is based on, the Dance of the Dragons is one nasty affair. Neither of the women fighting for the Iron Throne is particularly likable, and the entire war is a bitter event.
Most casual TV viewers like having a side to root for, and as many Game of Thrones fans haven’t read the original series, there’s a good chance that the events of the Dance of the Dragons will be changed or lightened up to give viewers a somewhat clear protagonist and antagonist.
Redemption for the franchise
While some fans are still bitter about the underwhelming final few seasons of Game of Thrones, many see this new show as a chance for the franchise to redeem itself and come back. It’s clear by the trailer and other sneak peeks that the production value is insanely high, especially with an estimated cost per episode of nearly $20 million. It’s really up to the writers of the new show to more closely match Martin’s books and regain some favor with the audience.