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SPOILER ALERT: This review contains details about game of thrones spin-off House of The Dragon, which debuts August 21 on HBO and HBO Max.

In addition to being bawdy and spitting fire, HBO Dragon House is not Game of thrones.

This dissimilarity might actually be the saving grace of the sword show prequel and royal struggle inspired by the writing of George RR Martin. Still, capturing lightning in a bottle twice is a pretty rare feat, even with a return to King’s Landing and a massive, hollering, built-in fanbase.

Beneath all the groans of the hype, if there was ever a series set up to fail, no matter how successful it is, it’s Dragon House. The Ryan J. Condal and Miguel Sapochnik series will only be judged by one criteria overtly or not, and Obtained is a standard hood can not meet.

So, spoiler alert, Dragon House cleverly bypasses the guess for the most part.

The first of a plethora of Obtained spinoffs in the pipeline for Warner Bros. Discovery-owned premium cabler and streamer HBO Max, Dragon House is much more of a straightforward family drama than its predecessor.

Well, simple if you’re the violently dysfunctional Targaryens and commander of the dragons, rulers of the Seven Kingdoms in an era of Martin’s dense books. Add to that a succession war known in Martin lore as the “Dance of the Dragons” and things get a little hotter than the usual awkward Thanksgiving disagreements that most families endure. In this vein, the streamlining of plot lines serves hood as well as the investment in the characters over the scenarios bears fruit in the successive episodes of its first season.

Catapulted to the Iron Throne above his cousin of Steel, Princess Rhaenys (Eve Best), aka the “Queen That Never Was”, 24 hour party people Vet Paddy Considine’s King Viserys I loses his heirs, a wife, the loyalty of his wicked and ambitious brother Prince Daemon
(Matt Smith) and ultimately his surviving offspring to a reckless duty to continue the line. Realizing Martin’s textbook-like approach Fire & Blood, Condal and Sapochnik cast Emma D’Arcy’s Princess Rhaenyra as the presumed queen regent, which hardly appealed to anyone but the character herself for a while. Viserys’ remarriage to Rhaenyra’s best friend and Hand of the King Ser’s daughter Otto Hightower (a Rhys Ifans who still owns the scene) Lady Alicent (Olivia Cooke) rearranges the power chart when the decades apart have a son.

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Whether you’ve read Martin’s work or not, it’s no mystery that Civil War is where it all happens in the $200 million, 10-episode first season. Since Steve Toussaint, Fabien Frankel and Sonoya Mizuno co-star hood takes place almost 200 years before the next winter of Obtained and Daenerys Targaryen’s (Emilia Clarke) ultimately deadly mission to reclaim the throne, we also know how it will end – at least until the Snow spin-off hits the screen in a few years. A reality that is another testimony of Condal, winner of an Emmy Obtained director Sapochnik and Martin’s decision to go after their players and less about general affairs of state – although there is plenty of sex and the high-definition dragons fly quite high in their frequent appearances.

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Still noticeably absent of the sweeping spirit and warm ensemble of multiple Emmy winner David Benioff and DB Weiss EP, Dragon succeeds best by monopolizing the more modest narrative. Already in a trap of expectations and certain to have another season, the show safely aware of itself forges its way almost quietly, bringing a traditional tale of palace intrigue to life. Know the primary purpose of hood existing is to recapture the glory days of HBO Obtained, the show avoids the ticker parade and says much of the quiet thing out loud and continues to establish its own footing.

It’s a clever move. Clever on its own artistic merits, but also because it’s not 2011 and there’s no Jon Snow (Kit Harington) here.

In a 2022 small-screen environment with streamers galore and genre offerings pouring out of nearly every device, handheld and otherwise, the shock, awe and rewards of Obtained a historic relic painted everywhere these days. Despite a colossal campaign by the debt-laden WBD, led by David Zaslav, to flood the public awareness area with Dragon House in search of a hit, the chances are not great of hitting on this huge fanatical audience again. The global reach of Squid Game, The Handmaid’s Tale, The boysWhere stranger things are individually impressive and reflect the range of stories in a global market. Yet none have the audience or the consistent cultural preponderance that game of thrones grabbed, even in a final season that many found seriously lacking.

Now seeking to display greater representation and male nudity than thrones never done, Dragon House exceeds $1 billion from Amazon Prime Video The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power series on the market about two weeks. Even at a time when audiences are busting, the timing is impressive. What could also work in Dragon’s favor is the contrast for mature audiences with the traditionally starchy tone of JRR Tolkien’s work in what appears to be an epic effort from the House of Bezos. As Neil Armstrong and Ned Stark could have told you, no one is worth being first.

But this battle with the ghost of game of thrones and all other suitors, is about inheritance. So that, Dragon House corroborates that sometimes the apple falls a little further from the tree – and that’s the best place for it to be.