Is it worth watching House of the Dragon?

Is it worth watching House of the Dragon?

Game of Thrones was at its peak celebrated by both fans of the book series and those who were not familiar with J.R.R. Martin's books.

Unfortunately, the last two seasons were not received very well, but this did not significantly affect the viewership of the finale.

However, the reputation of the perfect series has already been tarnished and who knows how many viewers would have eventually dropped off if it didn't end with the eighth season.

Author: Tomáš Bajgar

Maybe that's why House of the Dragon, the latest series contribution from the world of A Song of Ice and Fire, was in production for so long.

The creators didn't want to repeat the mistakes of their predecessors and took their time. Did it work out?

Return to Westeros

There's no need to beat around the Iron Throne. House of the Dragon is positively reviewed by both audiences and critics. The return was a hit, mainly because the series returned to its roots.

It's not just about the setting, which takes place about two centuries before the original series and book series, but also about the intelligence of the script.

At the end of Game of Thrones, the creators were criticized for rushing things, poor character development, and putting too much emphasis on megalomaniacal special effects scenes.

Viewers won't find that in House of the Dragon, except for the special effects, which are dosed in much smaller amounts than before.

As mentioned earlier, House of the Dragon is not a direct continuation of the previous series, but a prequel.

This new effort from HBO doesn't primarily focus on the Stark or Lannister families, but instead features the Targaryens, at the height of their power, ruling all of Westeros.

However, beware, it's not boring. Even though no major houses have the ambition/power to overthrow the almighty albino at this time, the Iron Throne will still be contested.

This time, however, the Targaryens themselves will fight for it, specifically King's daughter Rhaenyra and the King's brother Daemon.

Sex, Blood and Dragons

The series is based, like its predecessor, on J.R.R. Martin's book series.

Although it also draws from A Song of Ice and Fire, the biggest source of inspiration in this case is the book Fire and Blood. And inspiration is a suitable word, as the series differs in many ways.

Originally, during the Dance of Dragons, as the Targaryen civil war in Westeros is also called, Rhaenyra and Aegon II, her stepbrother, faced each other.

Of course, there are more changes in the series compared to the book, but anyone who is not a complete nitpicker will not be disappointed.

It is still a work in which sex, blood and, of course, dragons are not spared.

Even two centuries before the Iron Throne was captured by Robert Baratheon, there were no softies in Westeros who would resolve their disputes with singing battles at folk festivals.


It has everything it needs

This is a well-crafted affair, both technically and script-wise, as well as in terms of acting. In this respect, there is not much to criticize about the series.

The question is where the story will go in the next seasons, which are already being prepared.

But if the series maintains the same quality as so far, fans of intrigues, streams of blood and naked bodies have something to look forward to.