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After some unfortunate gossip about Daemon makes its way back to the king, Viserys chooses his daughter. Following a ceremony to clinch the deal, father and daughter have an unexpected conversation in which he reveals a terrible secret the Targaryens have been passing down from king to king for generations.
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If you haven't noticed by now (unlikely), Targaryens really like naming their children after their ancestors. That's why the King Viserys in "House of the Dragon" shares a name with Viserys in "Game of Thrones" (Dany's older brother).
In this first episode, Viserys names his son Baelon after Aemma dies during a medieval C-section operation. He believes Baelon will live to be his heir to the throne, and clearly wanted to have his father live on in memory.
Baelon (the original, Viserys' father) was the son of King Jaehaerys I and would have been his successor if he had lived. But Baelon died unexpectedly of something the maesters called a "burst belly."
Was Viserys holding his hands over the candles meant to stir the pot once again about "fireproof Targaryens"? So far it's not clear, but this tiny detail is just the sort of thing that book readers might have picked up on.
Editor's Note: The following contains spoilers for Episode 1-8 of House of the Dragon.King's Landing is full of secrets and whispers, and it seems like Mysaria (Sonoya Mizuno) is now a procurer of these secrets. In the momentous eighth episode of House of the Dragon, we saw many dramatic moments take place. From Vaemond (Wil Johnson) being killed by Daemon (Matt Smith) to Viserys (Paddy Considine) finally dying at the end of the episode, the moment where we see Mysaria again might have passed some people by, but it's a critical scene for the future.
Without spoiling some big twists down the line, it seems clear we haven't seen the last of Mysaria. With Talya on Misarya's side, there's no telling what future information Misarya might have on the Hightowers and the Greens.
This could be a red herring, but fans of anything by George R.R. Martin have come to expect even the smallest of characters to have an impact on the overall storyline, so it's plausible Cragas will eventually emerge in one form or another. For now, the show's focus remains on King's Landing.
With its predecessor chock-full of inter-familial relations, many expect to see some sort of romance emerge amongst blood-related members of House Targaryen. Though this didn't emerge in the pilot, book readers know King Viserys's stance on the issue. However, as viewers may have guessed based on her hair color, Viserys's wife in the pilot, Aemma Arryn, is a Targaryen on her maternal side, although they were cousins, so she's not as closely related to Viserys as many Targaryen marriages were.
Should Daemon really return to Runestone, he likely won't stay there for long. During the few councils he attended, Daemon bashed the people of the Vale, including his wife. If anything, his return may not be a matter of if, but when, as the blonde-haired fighter has been seen to have a few tricks up his sleeve.
Overall, the pilot was everything I could have ever wanted to be reeled back into this world. I am excited to be excited to have a series that I am looking forward to watching weekly. I highly recommend checking out the pilot.
Critics, fans, and publications have drawn comparisons between House of the Dragon and fantasy series The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power on Amazon Prime Video. The Rings of Power is a prequel series set thousands of years before the events of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, while House of the Dragon is a prequel series set before Game of Thrones. The similar fantasy genre, close release dates, and extensive fan bases were cited in articles comparing the two series. Commentators and fans alike have described these comparisons as the "biggest battle in TV history". More negative criticism from the two fan bases also included the character diversity, with some publications describing some of the criticism as racist. Martin stated that although he hopes both shows are successful, he wants to see House of the Dragon "succeed more." Lindsey Weber, an executive producer for The Rings of Power, stated that the head-to-head conflict between the two shows are "totally manufactured by the media for headlines". Show co-creator J. D. Payne said the only competition he sees is with "themselves"; however, he wishes well for "anyone else working on storytelling".
Financially, the budget for The Rings of Power is almost $450 million more than House of the Dragon. Both series fared successfully in the ratings. According to Nielsen and first-party data, The Rings of Power's first two episodes had more than 1.25 billion minutes of streaming minutes after three days of availability. In comparison, a few hours after the episode two premiere of House of the Dragon, the show had reached more than 1.06 billion minutes of streaming minutes.[c] Following the season finale for House of the Dragon, weekly streaming viewership passed 1 billion viewing minutes for the first time. According to Nielsen data, The Rings of Power has a higher percentage of older viewers, with more than 70% of viewers being over the age of 35. In any given week, The Rings of Power tended to have more streams than House of the Dragon given that the viewership of House of the Dragon was split between those watching online and those watching on HBO channel while that of The Rings of Power was online only. However, following both series debuts, streaming viewership for The Rings of Power decreased over the first season, while House of the Dragon viewership increased. The viewership of individual episodes of House of the Dragon also tended to increase over a number of weeks after the episodes became available while that of The Rings of Power dropped sharply after the first two weeks. Despite the age gap in viewership, commentators have stated one of the reasons both shows did well was the consistent release schedule that helped create social-media buzz. Both shows have highlighted the "streaming wars" between both Amazon and HBO and the entertainment industry as a whole.
Then, Viserys meets with his daughter, and the pair discuss dragons and men, along with the fall of Old Valyria courtesy of the Doom. Viserys believes they should never have trifled with dragons. Targaryens are not gods. Viserys broaches the subject of naming Rhaenyra as his successor, which she accepts. Yay! Viserys warns Rhaenyra that no seat in the Seven Kingdoms presents a greater danger than the Iron Throne.
I did happen to see something where HBO basically said that there would be no gratuitous violence or sex in HOTD. They stayed true to this promise for a good 20 minutes or so. I have no interest in getting in a conversation about what is gratuitous or nay, but I will say that this is adult television and Westeros is a violent place where sometimes people get naked and/or castrated. They kill people. They play hide the sausage while others watch. They explore hidden valleys. They bring noodles to the spaghetti house. They partake in the dirty hokey pokey.
I believe women are naturally better decision makers and better leaders. Unlike men who are pompous blowhards and self-aggrandizing, orange-tinted buffoons, most women seem to have a greater capacity for empathy and fact-based, deliberative thinking.
I have no idea why people continue to push the false claim that D&D ended GOT prematurely. They did not. When they mapped out the series, they realized that 70ish episodes was what they needed to tell this story. This is proven by an interview they gave back in 2014.
So I have some sympathy for all the legislators who got railroaded into voting for the invasion. But neither Clinton nor Biden would have initiated such a move. Dubya had a personal agenda with Iraq that was all about Daddy issues and had nowt to do with 9/11.
You just said that females (specifically Hillary Clinton) would not have invaded Iraq, yet we just discussed that Clinton actually approved the invasion while a male Senator (with testosterone I presume) in your state opposed it.
Yeah, the more I think about it, the less sense it would have made for them to lose at Winterfell. The living threw pretty much everything they had at the White Walkers and it was barely enough. If the White Walkers had won there, how could D&D have come up with a realistic way to beat them?
Families can talk about the popularity of the Game of Thrones franchise. Why does the original TV series have such a strong fan base? What are the risks associated with creating spin-offs of the show?
We've got good news and bad news. Let's do the bad news first. When House of the Dragon returns, it will do so with fewer episodes. Though we initially expected Season 2 to run for 10 episodes, like Season 1, Deadline reported in late March that Season 2 will only be eight episodes long. As for the good news, we may have a better idea of a premiere date. Deadline also said that the likely premiere date for Season 2 is summer 2024, which lines up with our rough estimates. More information on both bits of news can be found in the appropriate sections below.
No surprise here: We don't know when Season 2 will be released because HBO doesn't know, either. But showrunner Ryan Condal told Variety in 2022 that Season 2 will begin filming in early 2023. Asked whether the series will premiere in the same year, Condal said it's "to be determined." HBO chief content officer Casey Bloys gave slightly more clarity by telling Vulture the new season will be ready "sometime in '24." But he apparently wants to manage viewers' expectations, saying, "We're just starting to put the plan together, and just like last time, there are so many unknowns. It's not to be coy or secretive, but you don't want to say it's going to be ready on this date, and then you have to move it." Bloys added, "Don't expect it in 2023." 041b061a72