“House of the Dragon” And “Game of thrones“, The two most talked about HBO shows of the moment, have similar elements, but making a comparison between the two could be a risky undertaking. In fact, these are two profoundly different TV series, although they are set in the same places and take into consideration the same dynasties of families. Over the years “Game of Thrones” has become a worldwide phenomenon with an unprecedented following and success. The prequel series starts 11 years later after an ending that disappointed most of the audience. Both fantasy dramas, set in the Westeros universe, television adaptations of George RR Martin’s books and therefore two parts of the same franchise, can however be considered two works in their own right.
House of the Dragon: the Targaryen protagonists
“House of the Dragon“, Set 200 years before“ Game of Thrones ”has protagonists who may, albeit vaguely, recall some of the main characters from“ Game of Thrones, ”but the show has a narrower focus on the Targaryen family. The era of “House of the Dragon”Is in fact the one immediately preceding the famous Dance of the Dragons, when the Targaryen ruled over all 7 kingdoms. The coveted Game of Thrones during the seasons of the HBO show in “House of the Dragon”Has been owned by the Targaryens for years: it was Aegon Targaryen who forged it, thus making it of swords. Those swords are in fact the weapons of the defeated enemies that led the Targaryens to win and dominate the 7 kingdoms.
The story of the end of the Targaryen rule
“House of the Dragon“Is precisely the story of the Targaryen family and a succession to the throne that will trigger a civil war, which will lead the Targaryens themselves to kill each other, well presenting that dose of madness that has always distinguished them and which then led Daenerys to the massacre in the eighth season of “Game of Thrones”. The HBO prequel series focuses on the relationships and friendship that binds Rhaenyra’s Targaryen family, first married to Laenor Velaryon and then to uncle Daemon Targaryen and that of Viserys, Rhaenyra’s father, following his marriage to Alicent Hightower.
The hatred and anger between the children of Rhaenyra and Alicent will lead the two women to clash without the slightest possibility of peace or future truce. It will thus be revenge to move Rhaenyra and to contend for the throne will be two families, both of Targaryen blood. Which of the two is the legitimate heir to the throne, however, would not be easy to establish. “Game of Thrones” focuses instead on the political conflicts that lead multiple families to contend for the throne: Targaryen, Baratheon and then Lannister, with the Baratheons fighting each other for succession, and then Stark and Tyrell who, respectively, would be the queens consorts of kings. “The Throne of Swords” in fact carefully tells various narrative arcs of numerous characters.
The restricted locations of “House of the Dragon”
The original series goes from King’s Landing to Winterfell, from Pentos and all the lands of Essos to Castle Black, and then goes beyond the Wall. The prequel series mainly takes place in King’s Landing and Dragonstone, with brief moments in other locations in Westeros. In “Game of Thrones” there are 3 dragons, seen as a great rarity, while in the other HBO series there are many more and have well-defined peculiarities. Considering all these differences and focusing only on the first chapter of both shows, there are points in common that can make a comparison possible.
Both TV series feature an ensemble cast, made up of both young actors and stars: Matt Smith, Paddy Considine and Olivia Cooke for the prequel show and Sean Bean, Peter Dinklage And Lena Headey for the original show. Although the characters of “Game of Thrones” are many more, the characterization of the protagonists is also strong in “House of the Dragon“, With the eternal division between good and evil, with antagonists who become heroes and vice versa. However, the prequel series is constantly changing main actors, which the other show does not do and which is undeniably a strong point.
Actors and stories in comparison
Over the years, the actors and characters of “Game of Thrones” have become those faces that the public has come to love, becoming fond of some right away. Starring stars such as Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen and Tyrion Lannister, along with many others, would not have been as successful or aroused the same empathy if the actors changed over the course of the first season or thereafter. This also influences the narrative: in “Game of Thrones” it is much more dilated, much slower, while in the prequel series years pass between one episode and another, precisely because the intent is to narrate the beginning of the disappearance of all the Targaryen dynasty.
In both there is a war of succession, which began with the death of the current King, even if in “Game of Thrones” all this happens first, with the consequent doubts about the legitimacy and kinship of the heirs to the throne. “The Throne of Swords” has a wider set-up: it tells the life of the court and the roles of each one within it, it presents and takes place in many more places right away. “House of the Dragon“Instead tells the traditions of a family, their relations with dragons and speaks the High Valiryano, a language known by a few characters in” The Throne of Swords “and known to all in”House of the Dragon”(Targaryen family tree infographic created by ExpressVPN).
The use of CGI
What, on the other hand, is undeniably superior in “House of the Dragon”For this first season is the use of CGI, considering that, due to the hype of“ Game of Thrones ”, the prequel show starts with 20 million dollars per episode. The first season of “Game of Thrones” instead used 6 million per episode. Just think of the dragons that appear in numerous scenes and in every episode of “House of the Dragon”, very different, often larger and easily distinguishable. The action scenes with battles and conflicts also make the prequel series really engaging in some moments.
In detail, in the imagination of audiences and critics, “Game of Thrones” was a new show, “House of the Dragon”Counted on an already well-established number of spectators. The prequel series has also come to compete with a Game of Thrones ending that many have described as disappointing, an extremely difficult task. According to the website Rotten Tomatoes, the scores of “Game of Thrones” have dropped in the last two seasons and “House of the DragonCould become as acclaimed as the original show. “Game of Thrones” holds an overall score of 89% for critics and 85% for the public, with “House of the Dragon”Which is, respectively, between 85 and 84%, therefore slightly lower.
“Game of Thrones” is more popular than “House of the Dragon”
Taking into consideration only the first chapter, the original series reaches 90% for critics, reaching 96% for the public making “Game of Thrones” more popular, but “House of the Dragon”However at the height of the original. Considering that the fourth chapter of “Game of Thrones” has reached 97%, “House of the Dragon”Could follow in his footsteps, increasing his score in the following years. “House of the Dragon“Has for now an approval rating that far exceeds the percentage of the eighth chapter of the original show which stands with the critics at 55% and with the audience at 30%. “House of the Dragon“Can still count on an ending already predetermined by the pen of George RR Martin, even if it is not known for sure how much and if the series will detach itself, as for” The Throne of Swords “, from the narrative story.