Paddy Considine, Matt SmithEmma D’Arcy, Millie Alcock and Olivia Cooke star in the 10-episode series which premieres in a month.
House of the Dragon is set almost 200 years before Game Of Thrones when House Targaryen rules the Seven Kingdoms. It follows a new fight for the Iron Throne, as King Viserys I Targaryen (Considine) must choose either his daughter Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Alcock and D’Arcy) or his brother Prince Daemon Targaryen (Smith) as his successor.
The jam-packed trailer boasts intense political conflicts, fierce battles, unexpected betrayals and, of course, dragons. However, not all Game of Thrones fans are thrilled about the prequel.
After watching the trailer, some fans took to Twitter to voice their complaints about the series.
“Hard to be excited when we all know how it all ends. Should’ve reshoot seasons 7 and 8 without D&D and give us a proper ending,” one Game of Thrones fan commented.
Another said: “I would be excited but you all ruined Season 8.. go away.”
Game of Thrones fans felt let down by the ending of the series and have criticized showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss (often referred to as D&D) for ruining the show they invested in for years.
However, the pair will have no involvement with House of the Dragon. Instead, creator George RR Martin has collaborated with Ryan Condal and Miguel Sapochnik for the series.
Despite this, viewers aren’t willing to give the series a go.
“There’s no reason to watch a prequel show if the original ends so disappointingly, regardless of who writes the prequel show,” one fan commented.
“The Game of Thrones prequel with Naomi Watts that they canceled sounded better than the one coming on in a month,” another said.
After watching the trailer, another fan suggested the prequel wouldn’t be able to live up to the blood-thirsty pace of the original series.
“This trailer doesn’t move me, Game of Thrones relies heavily on killing off characters to drive the plot, and got progressively worse once they caught up to the source material,” they said.
Knowing that the events in the prequel will eventually lead to the story in Game of Thrones — albeit 200 years later — fans are skeptical about the series.
However, House of the Dragon boasts an impressive ensemble cast which may sway Game of Thrones fans. Fabiel Frankel, Sonoya Mizuno, Rhys Ifans, Eve Best, Steve Toussaint and Graham McTavish are just a few of the familiar faces viewers can expect to see in the series.
House of the Dragon is the first in a line of Game of Thrones spin-offs. Although Emilia Clarke won’t be returning to Westeros, she confirmed to the BBC that Kit Harington is getting his own Jon Snow series.
House of the Dragon will premiere on HBO on August 21. The series will also be available to stream on Sky Atlantic and NOW the following day.