The Targaryens are back in the most anticipated series of all series. Game of Thrones continues with this prequel located 172 before the well-known Daenerys. House of the Dragon is the first and very good chapter of this long-awaited series in which HBO definitely gives it all.
In the midst of the time of the dragons, the series is known as HBO's most spectacular bet for this season and for the following ones. If it exceeds the success of its predecessor (which is difficult) it will not be by putting everything.
The spirit: the same as that left by Games of Thrones, with many reminiscences, but also the first chapter with more camera movements, even more effects, and simply spectacular sets. Our computer friends, CGI stuff and all, have been hard at work designing a Westeros in every detail.
A truly enviable design of sets, costumes and staging even better than its predecessor in this chapter I that promises us quite a few differences from its predecessor: there is much more luxury and glamor in the House of the Targaryens: with the same medieval flavor , this time HBO takes us to a much more Florentine and less decadent scenario but just as brutal in the background (they make sure to make us see it), with evil characters, yes with an equal iniquity in the dialogue and in the action, in a cruel palace policy that, without a doubt, moves to the most earthly with some terrible scenes (no one will be scared).
Much more elaborate on a scenic level, more careful in the details, but also a story that neither wants nor believes that it can renew itself with a host of fans hungry to see new things but who, deep down, want to return to the emotions. and laurels from Game of Thrones. Quite an almost impossible challenge for HBO that has decided to face it with efficiency and elegance and also a sense of showmanship, maintaining the palace intrigue and saving the big surprises for later chapters (let's see if the killings of main actors are repeated in each chapter, remains to be seen).
This first episode meets the challenge: it manages to maintain the spirit but also manages to distance itself and, within the unmistakable style of the series, assert itself as something of its own, although not independent of GOT.
Only one thing we can ask ourselves after this first and very promising chapter of House of the Dragon: if it will manage to surprise again in the same way, being condemned from the beginning to repeat what we already expect.
We are sure that the writers and HBO know what they are doing in this, their star bet of the season.