It is an understatement to say that HBO held its bet. Season 1 of House of the Dragon was able to reconcile the public with the Game of Thrones saga, while many spectators had been disappointed by the end of the original series. On our side, we also really appreciated these ten episodes which ended at the end of October. You can always read our review.
(Warning the rest of this article contains spoilers for season 1).
A long wait before House of the Dragon season 2
During the first scene of season 1, we can see King Jaehaerys Targaryen who is forced into a difficult choice. While his sons Aemon and Baelon are deceased, he must choose an heir between his daughter Rhaenys and his grandson Viserys. Eventually, he will opt for the latter under pressure from the lords of Westeros.
But the series could have taken a very different turn if we had followed the will of the creator of the saga George RR Martin. In a recent interview on the YouTube channel Penguin Random House, the latter has indeed made a surprising revelation. He would have liked season 1 to start 40 years earlier in the story:
I would have started 40 years earlier with the episode I would have called “The Heir and the Spare,” in which Jaehaerys’ two sons, Aemon and Baelon, are alive. And we see the friendship, but also the rivalry, between the two sides of the big house. Aemon accidentally dies when a Myrish crossbowman shoots him in Tarth and Jaehaerys must then decide who will become the new heir. Is it the daughter of the eldest son who has just died or the second son, who has his own sons and is a man?
Clearly, the writer would have clearly lengthened the series, but the production made a different choice. Throughout this first season, we follow nearly 30 years of rising tensions that will ultimately lead to civil war in House Targaryen. Moreover, the last image of the season clearly makes you want to see the rest of House of the Dragon but you will have to be very patient.
In an interview with the specialized media vulnerabilityCasey Bloys, the content director of HBO indeed explained: Don’t expect it to be 2023, it will be 2024 instead. We’re just starting to put the plan in place, and like last time, there are so many unknowns. »