Inside the “House of the Dragon” and the reign of George RR Martin
Can George RR Martin help restore ‘Game of Thrones’ glory?
HBO is betting on the author as the driving force as he finally launches a follow-up series to his biggest hit. The new show “House of the Dragon” is a test of the network’s extensive efforts to establish its first authentic franchise.
Mr. Martin, whose fantasy books have established a mythology comparable to that of JRR Tolkien, reasserts control of his material in the realm of television. Although he was closely involved in the formative seasons of “Game of Thrones,” those involved with the show said he was frustrated with his lack of involvement in his home stretch. It was then that the plot of HBO’s eight-season adaptation moved beyond the events published in its books and headed towards a 2019 final who left a lot viewers feel burned as victims of Daenerys Targaryen in King’s Landing.
“I had no input in the last few seasons except, you know, coming up with the world and the story and all the characters,” Mr. Martin said. “I believe I have more influence now than I had on the original show.”
Of the five potential series HBO originally considered for spinoffs, Mr. Martin pushed the most for “House of the Dragon,” the producers said. Premiering on Sunday, it’s set two centuries before the “Game of Thrones” saga, amid an impending war for the Iron Throne between members of the House Targaryen dynasty and their dragons.
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