Early reviews suggest House of the Dragon could be a hit

It’s been a long wait for Game of Thrones fans, but finally, the prequel series House of the Dragon is arriving – and the excitement is building at breakneck speed across the fantasy TV community globally. With premier screenings beginning to take place, the television-viewing public is beginning to get a taste of what to expect when the new HBO fantasy series arrives on our screens early on Monday 22nd August in the UK on Sky and NOW (or on the evening of Sunday 21st August if you live in the USA).

This week saw the London premiere of the show, and a few of the VIPs and journalists who were lucky enough to be in attendance at the screening seemed pretty positive about what they had seen. Their collective comments included the fact that the new series which stars Doctor Who’s Matt Smith amongst many others “looks incredible” is “a banger” and has “blood, bonking and dragons.” Sounds like it’s going to appeal to those who like the original Game of Thrones!

Chris Mandle from the i Paper said:

While Owen Gough from British GQ said:

Alison Boshoff of the Daily Mail said:

While Alex Flood from NME added:

House of the Dragon is set several hundred years before the events of Game of Thrones and is focused on the Targaryen family and the Dance of the Dragons that would see the rulers of Westeros lose their grip on the Iron Throne.

The show will focus on a bloody civil war that takes place between siblings named Aegon II and Rhaenyra as they battle for control of the kingdom after the death of their father Viserys I.

House of the Dragon stars Paddy Considine as King Viserys Targaryen, Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower ; Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and Matt Smith as Prince Daemon among a large and starry ensemble cast.

It isn’t the only fantasy show coming out this autumn, indeed there are lots to look forward to for fans of the genre with Prime Video’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power arriving on Amazon’s streaming service just a week later on September 1st in the US and the early hours of September 2nd in the UK.