I will admit I was late to The Game of Thrones fandom. But during the pandemic, I discovered The Game of Thrones while I spent hours upon hours sitting in my car waiting for my daughter’s synchronized swim practices to be over. Since we were not allowed in to watch practice, due to the pandemic, and we lived pretty far from the pool, I sat in my vehicle and watched The Game of Thrones, all 8 glorious seasons. I was extremely excited when House of the Dragon was announced and could hardly wait for it to premiere. Well, the day is finally here! House of the Dragon is now on HBO every Sunday night!
The first episode for House of the Dragon is on August 21st at 9 pm EST. Then every Sunday night at 9 pm EST a new episode will be released on HBO Max and streamed at the same time.
I’ve seen the first episode of House of the Dragon and I enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to seeing how the future episodes play out.
This is a spoiler-free review so I cannot give you any details about the 1st episode. But I can tell you a few tidbits that won’t spoil it for you.
The casting is spot on for this series. Just like they did a phenomenal job casting in The Game of Thrones they did the same outstanding casting on House of the Dragon.
Emma D’Arcy plays Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen. She played the part extremely well, from her hair to her outfit, the way she carried herself when she walked into a room shouted confidence and a true Dragon. She is one of the main characters but that is all I will give away.
Matt Smith plays Prince Daemon Targaryen and he plays it well. While he is related to Princess Rhaenyra they are each other’s competition for their place within the hierarchy of House of the Dragon.
CGI in House of the Dragon is pretty good. There are several scenes filled with Dragons flying around and even a few where people are on the back of the dragons. It looks pretty believable.
Final Thoughts – There is a lot to unpack in the first episode. So much information. You are learning about all the key players, finding out how they fit together and what they are fighting for. The tone was set in the 1st episode and it is clear there will be some turmoil within House of the Dragon. And now we get to sit back and watch the season unfold and see which Targaryen comes out on top.
House of the Dragon will definitely be in our Sunday night lineup.
Don’t forget to watch it Sunday nights on HBO Max at 9 pm EST.