What to Expect From the Game of Thrones Prequel

June 2, 2020

It’s been just over a year since one of the most polarising TV series ever came to an end. Game of Thrones went out with a bang on 19th May 2019, but not without upsetting a few viewers.

The eighth season was written ahead of the corresponding book series, A Song of Ice and Fire. The Winds of Winter, George R. R. Martin’s sixth in the series, is currently in progress. With viewers bemoaning many plot points in the final season, including Daenerys’ and Cersei’s deaths, will the prequel rescue Game of Thrones’ sullied reputation?

House of the Dragon 

First things first – as ever, Game of Thrones fans will have to exercise their patience. House of the Dragon is not set to air on HBO until 2022. On the upside, it will have its roots in George R.R. Martin’s Fire and Blood, taking place approximately 300 years before the original Game of Thrones series.

So, what’s the plot? House of the Dragon, as the name suggests, will centre around the Targaryen ancestry. It all led to one bloody conclusion when it was revealed that Jon Snow and Daenerys were in fact related, so we should expect all sorts of secrets and lies in the prequel.

Will there be dragons?

In abundance. The prequel will chronicle Aegon Targaryen’s conquest of the Seven Kingdoms, and will feature Balerion the Black Dread – aka the largest dragon in the history of Westeros. Expect some consistency in the scenes, too. Miguel Sapochnik, the talent behind some of Game of Thrones’ most epic battle scenes including The Long Night, is back to direct. 

The 10-part series will take us through 150 years of Targaryen backstories, leading up to King Robert Baratheon’s rebellion. We’ll get a first look into Daenerys and the “Mad King’s” ancestors, and it promises to be just as bloody, raunchy and gripping as the original HBO series.

Production teams are remaining tight-lipped about who will be stepping into the shoes of the Targaryen family, but we do know that casting directors are looking for a “withdrawn, pious, quiet” individual to play Aegon.

Where can I watch it?

The series will air on HBO, which means it will likely be available to UK viewers on Sky too, a few hours after the episode airs in the US. House of Dragons will also be available to stream on HBO Max.

The best way to ring in the new series is, of course, to watch it in a home cinema. Fully compatible with streaming services like the abovementioned HBO, a home media centre will let fans see the series in a different light.

House of Dragons promises to be just as violent, if not more, than the original Game of Thrones series. It has hints of Lord of the Rings and frequent nods to George R. R. Martin’s days as a horror writer, so there’s no better way to watch those battle scenes than viewing them to scale. 

Likewise, expect brooding dialogue and tense scenes with multiple subplots unfolding – feel the tension build as every panoramic speaker echoes the sound around you. And of course, who could forget those CGI dragons? We’re expecting no expense spared on the artistry of these winged beasts, with fire taking over the most epic scenes in Ultra HD 4K. 

Ask us about your viewing experience today

The home cinema or media room is the ideal setting to entertain family and friends. With the pandemic a distant memory by 2022, now is the time to start planning an entertainment space to celebrate the latest in George R. R. Martin’s world-famous series. 

Contact the team at SONA today to discuss your own home cinema project.