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House of The Dragon Ep 1 Review: The Heirs of The Dragon

‘House of The Dragon’ starts with a big bang. The premier pulled in a record-breaking audience making it the biggest in HBO history.

House of The Dragon Ep 1 review The Heirs of The Dragon
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The much-awaited prequel is finally here, with no doubt of it being another high fantasy winner. The prequel series also promises to bring clarity on why Westeros ended up the way it did. House of The Dragon is set about 200 years in Westeros before the War of the Five Kings. 

It focuses on the Targaryen family and their long rule, adapted from George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood. Though Martin often borrows his inspiration from Medieval history, the series is pure work of fiction. 

Moreover, the story depicts the unsettling history of Targaryens, bloodthirsty wars, and the dancing of dragons, with unfolding drama and deceit.

House of The Dragon Cast

House of The Dragon Ep 1 review - The Heirs of The Dragon
Image Credits: Priyanshi Goyal

The house of the dragon stars the following celebrities in these roles-

  • Paddy Considine as King Viserys Targaryen
  • Emma D’Arcy and Milly Alcock as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen
  • Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen
  • Eve Best as Princess Rhaenys Targaryen
  • Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon
  • Rhys Ifans as Otto Hightower
  • Olivia Cooke, and Emily Carey as Alicent Hightower
  • Fabien Frankel as Ser Criston Cole
  • Sonoya Mizuno as Mysaria
  • Graham McTavish as Ser Harrold Westerling
  • Ryan Corr as Ser Harwin
  • Jefferson Hall as Lord Jason Lannister
  • David Horowitch as Grand Maester Mellos
  • Matthew Needham as Larys Strong 
  • Bill Paterson as Lord Lyman Beesbury

First episode – The Heirs of The Dragon

The first episode ‘The heirs of the dragon’ focuses on establishing the players in house Targaryen then it shifts to the ruin of Targaryen and the subsequent war of succession. 

The king is worried about passing down the ‘‘Iron Throne’’. After deciding to name Princess Rhaenyra his rightful heir, King Viserys shares a Targaryen family secret with her. 

“Our histories, they tell us that Aegon looked across the Blackwater from Dragonstone, saw a rich land ripe for capture,” Viserys says, speaking of Aegon the Conqueror, the first Targaryen ruler of Westeros. ” But ambition alone is not what drove him to conquest. It was a dream.” 

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Aegon foresaw the end of the world of men which will begin with a terrible winter from the distant north. And when the great winter comes, Princess with all of Westeros must stand against it. Rhaenyra learns why Aegon set out to conquer the Seven kingdoms in the first place. Aegon believed that only his descendants would be able to reunite the White Walkers. 

Aegon called his dream the song of Ice & Fire. the king tells her that the secret has been passed from king to heir since Aegon’s time and now she must carry it. 

How Many Episodes Will House of The Dragon Have??

The series is set to have 10 episodes this season. Stream House of the Dragon on Disney+ in India.

Review

In the first impression, the show seems to have connected with the storyline of Game of Thrones as well. The show does an outstanding job at capturing the beautiful theme of big castles and overcast skies. The characters powered the opening of the show with a great amount of intensity. 

The final moments of the episode also contain the promise that the show is willing to test limits and go all out with dragon-sized plot expectations. Whether the new heir carries and passes down the secret is remained to be seen.

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Sources: Denofgeek.com, Indianexpress.com, and Hindustantimes.com

Written By

Harjyot Sandhu is an Entertainment & Arts Intern at Empire Weekly. She was born and raised in Mumbai, and recently graduated with Bachelor's degree in Mass Media & Communications. She is an avid geek when it comes to contemporary media and her core interests lie within the entertainment and fitness industry. Harjyot enjoys the ever-changing pace of the world & human evolution.

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