I’m gonna start this off by saying that I didn’t hate the ending of Game of Thrones as much as I heard other people did. I wasn’t a fan of the giant leaps in logic needed for any of it to make sense, but I didn’t let it ruin the rest of the series for me. I was hesitant when I heard the announcement of spin-offs. House of the Dragon is the first of those planned spin-offs.
The story takes place around two hundred years before the start of Game of Thrones focusing on the tale known as The Dance of the Dragons which was a war between members of the House Targaryen. There are fun easter eggs throughout the episode for fans that remember anything from Game of Thrones.
The performances by Matt Smith, Milly Alcock, and Paddy Considine in this first episode are fantastic. I’ve really been enjoying Smith’s more sinister performances this year, with his performance being one of the few highlights of Morbius. Considine puts a performance in that is a gut punch with what his character has to go through. Alcock doesn’t get to do too much but her performance when interacting Smith is interesting. They have a fun chemistry that plays off the tension between their characters.
The designs of the “dragons” are different than those in Game of Thrones. It makes sense with it being so far removed from what we are used to seeing. I also say “dragons” because they’re more wyvern in design than proper dragon, but that’s just me being a nitpicky fantasy fan.
“The Heirs of the Dragon” is a fantastic start to a series. I think I’m going to continue to watch House of the Dragon since this is a more traditional fantasy show than the original show. The trailer after the credits show some of the characters older so I imagine there’s a time jump somewhere this season. I give “The Heirs of the Dragon” 9 lances out of 10.