Review: House Of the Dragon Breaths Fire On Season Opener

By Gary

The world has been plunged back into Westeros as House of the Dragon returned us to the Red Keep and Kings Landing.

The ten part series follows the story of the House Targaryen set 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones.

House of the Dragon is a show about family, the dysfunctional Targaryen family.

Decadence and opulence are two words that describe how the Targaryen’s live in this time period with the third being obviously Dragons, that we are reintroduced to in the first scenes.

It does a pretty good job of introducing the characters.

The acting and CGI are amazing, the dragons look very realistic.

The production quality and cinematography are as expected are fantastic, epic and awe inspiring.

The book House of the Dragon is based on Fire and Blood is more a history book than a novel, so it will be interesting to see how they fill in the gaps with sub-plots etc.

Miguel Sapochnik Directs the first episode of House of the Dragon, he directed some of the best episodes of Game of Thrones, so we know we are safe hands he is also one of the showrunners for the series.

It feels very similar to Game of Thrones, as it should, with the tension, intrigue and violence.

As with Game of Thrones who knows which characters will make it to the next episode and fans know to well not to get too attached to any of the characters.

Paddy Considine is very good as King Viserys Targaryen he is a King in peace time and has no wish for war.

Matt Smith (Dr Who, The Crown) on the other hand plays his brother Prince Daemon Targaryen who at the start of the series is the heir apparent to the throne.

Daemon is very unlike his brother, and he would rule with an iron fist and there would be blood and war.

Rhys Ifans plays a very interesting character Otto Hightower who is the Hand of the King, he does not want Daemon anywhere near the throne.

Emma D’Arcy plays Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen who is the King’s oldest child.

Like when every episode of Game of Thrones ended it leaves you wanting more, and the next episode can’t come soon enough.

My Rating: 9/10