House of the Dragon is a boring Game of Thrones do-over

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Abundance, thy name is house of the dragona mix of HBO’s two latest mega hits—game of Thrones and successor– which serves as a precursor to the former, which nobody has really asked for, and fewer still will find it necessary.

Based on the 2018 novel by George RR Martin Fire & Blood, the highly-anticipated sequel to the cable giant set two centuries before the events of its previous fantasy epic, turns out to be a remix of everything that made this beloved triumph of diverse houses and court players looking to consolidate their power and position. to monotonous bouts of ultra-violence and gratuitous nudity, to routine and joyless royal incest. Delivering a familiar brand of insidiousness, carnage and twisted drama, Martin and Ryan J. Condal’s show is a big-budget affair designed to please the franchise’s faithful. Unfortunately, what’s missing is anything even remotely novel, leading it to flirt dangerously with futility.

As with the predecessor house of the dragon (21 Aug) should come with a glossary, it’s so full of names of people, places, beasts, and conflicts. However, for all its complications, it’s a decidedly conventional affair, with the first five episodes serving as a prologue to the upcoming saga. Early focus is on platinum-blonde family man King Viserys I Targaryen (Paddy Considine), who takes the throne in place of his cousin Princess Rhaenys Velaryon (Eve Best) and is in the ninth year of his reign – a good 172 years before the mad king will die and Emilia Clarke’s Daenerys Targaryen is born – desperate for a male heir. He’s confident that his pregnant wife’s newest child will be the boy he’s looking for, giving his daughter Princess Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock), who spends most of her time in the company of her best friend, Lady Alicent Hightower (Emily Carey), all right is daughter of Ser Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans), the King’s trusted hand. When things don’t go as planned for Viserys, King’s Landing falls into disarray and a brewing war for the Iron Throne, fought not on battlefields but in council chambers, bedrooms and shadowy corridors, becomes clear.

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