House of the Dragon series premiere, the horror blood of the dragon
We’re witnessing the Great Council of 101 AC, where the inheritor of the Iron Throne will be decided.
In this corner: Rhaenys Targaryen, the king’s granddaughter (she’s standing beside her husband Corlys Velaryon, aka the Sea Snake — we’ll be seeing a lot more of him).
We open at Harrenhal, the vast ruined castle that got famously dracarysed by Aegon the Conqueror, founder of the Targaryen Dynasty, a century before.
Their apparent proclivities were part of a series premiere that had to thread the needle of creating investment in a new story while reminding viewers that it was still “Game of Thrones.” This last part was pursued dutifully as the episode — written by Ryan Condal and directed by Miguel Sapochnik, the two showrunners — played all the hits. Hacking, shocking gore? Check. Brothel scenes.
There is also a weird thematic discordance when you consider that “Thrones” spent eight seasons showing us the destructive folly of cyclical power struggles.
House Of The Dragon has moments of promise, but it still doesn’t quite has the sheen that Game of Thrones in primiur. Let’s see where it goes from here.