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‘House of the Dragon’ wants you to trust ‘Game of Thrones’ again


The fixture is up the minute Queen (yes, Queen) Rhaenyra Targaryen cast her eyes away from the flames and seemed to aim for revenge: This is new Game of Thrones the program will give you what in the end Game of Thrones show no. It was telegraphed as the fact that [spoiler] will die the second he touches that dragon. This show wants to restore the trust of every viewer who felt burned last time by giving them what they want. Namely: a woman willing to step on the throne who won’t lose herself in the process — and dragons, dragons, and many more.

Still, Dragon’s House There is still a long way to go to rebuild that trust.

First, if you haven’t seen Sunday’s final episode and don’t want to know what happens, stop reading. Second, if you don’t already know where this show wants to take you, you haven’t been paying attention. One of the benefits of Dragonin contrast Game of Thronesstill a show based on a pretty good piece of text – George RR Martin’s Fire & Blood. Unlike its predecessor, which ended operations in 2019 before Martin could finish writing the books based on it, HBO’s new fantasy series has a railing. Yes, the show’s creator, Ryan J. Condal, could choose to delete them, but why? Surely he knows there is nothing on that path but pain.

So, Dragon’s House ends the first season when Rhaenyra hears that her father, who named her as his heir, has died and her brother (literally from another mother), Aegon II, has taken over take the golden throne. Like Daenerys Targaryen, she’s a white-haired woman (the Targaryen genes are no joke) determined to claim her place. Unlike Daenerys – or rather, unlike Daenerys at the end of her quest for power – she has no “desire to rule a kingdom of ash and bones.” She wants to unify the kingdom and all that. She was, in the words of her former mother-in-law, Rhaenys – the son of whom, don’t forget, she killed so that she could marry her uncle, Daemon – was “the only one who showed restraint” as the rest of her council. call for war. On top of that, she’s a character with a blueprint.

Of course, the audience must see the similarities. Game of Thrones locate Daenerys, before her fall, as the holdout. Someone with a rightful claim to the Iron Throne, who aims to free everyone and make her the sole queen to rule them all. The thing is, her single determination to wear the crown overpowers all her “I’ll break the wheel” game-changing talk, and she decides to burn King’s Landing instead of wearing it. some great Targaryen dynasty. For those who once supported her, it was a huge disappointment, largely confusing.

Dragon’s House feel ready to fix that. While both have expressed intent to torture their female characters (Dragon only seems to have swapped the assaults for very brutal birth scenes), new Thrones at least the show is trying to show Rhaenrya’s evolution from a potential high-ranking unifier of the kingdom to one willing to choose violence to rule the Seven Kingdoms. Dany’s grasp of purpose begins to crumble when she falls in love with Jon Snow, who she later discovers is also her nephew and has a claim to the Iron Throne. Granted, that would confound anyone, but after all Daenerys had endured, her reaction seemed unusual. See Dragon’s Houseone just hopes Rhaenyra doesn’t do anything like that.

Hope, as Corly Velaryon says, is the fool’s ally – but she probably won’t. At the end of Sunday’s finale, she learned her son, Lucerys had died on the dragon’s back. In that moment, her eyes turned to the camera, and it was clear that all thoughts of peace were gone. But unlike Dany’s capture of King’s Landing, Rhaenyra’s plan of revenge is at the heart of King’s Landing. Fire & Blood, something on the page, not the end of a program looking for its conclusion. Her fate is already written; What would be the problem if Dragon’s House follow it.

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