George R. R. Martin Praises ‘House of the Dragon’ After Watching the Rough Cut


George R.R. Martin, the well-known author of the epic fantasy novel series A Song of Fire and Ice, rose to global fame when the same novel series was taken as inspiration to create “Game of Thrones.” Recently, the author has praised the the prequel, ‘House of the Dragon’, set to release within two weeks.

The inspiration taken from George R.R. Martin and his creativity has unquestionably helped the “Game of Thrones” tv series to reach unusual heights of success. “House of the Dragon,” the prequel to GOT, is also based on one of George R.R. Martin’s novels, Fire and Blood. Fans can only hope the spinoff matches the caliber set by the original GOT series, with which we witnessed arguably the most successful television series in the modern era. 

It’s just a matter of time and fans are just days away from getting back to Westeros with HBO’s “House of Dragon.” This time the battle for Iron Throne rages within the Targaryen dynasty. The stakes and power politics remain the same but the players have changed in the spin-off series by showrunners Ryan Condal and Miguel Sapochnik.

The prequel tells the tale of the fall of the dragon-riders and how the dynasty descended into civil war over succession issues, resulting in the events of Dance of Dragons, a civil war during Targaryen rule of the Seven Kingdoms. Initial review of the prequel by George R.R. Martin is positive, and gives fans all the more reasons to be excited about its release.

In his recent article, Martin revealed that he has seen the first cuts of all of the episodes and declared, “Ryan and Miguel and their amazing cast and crew have done some magnificent work.”
Martin shared, “Hot D is all I hoped it would be; dark, powerful, visceral, disturbing, stunning to look at, peopled with complex and very human characters brought to life by some truly amazing actors.”

Condal and Game of Thrones vet, Sapochnik have worked closely with Martin to bring back the audience’s interest in the fantasy world of the GOT. Sapochnick is also responsible for directing the renowned “Battle of the Bastards.”

Check out the official featurette where Martin explains the history and lore of the series below:

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The series is set two hundred years before the events of the Game of Thrones timeline. Fans of House Targaryen will also have the chance to meet the Hightowers and Velaroyns.

The well-known cast features, Paddy Considine as King Viserys I Targaryen in the upcoming season, alongside Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, Matt Smith as Prince Daemon, Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower, Eve Best as Princess Rhaenys, and Rhys Ifans as Otto Hightower.

The author is currently in quarantine after contracting Covid following his most recent trip to San Diego Comic-con.

He has recently updated fans on his blog about his on-going work on a number of other animated and live-action spin-offs for HBO & HBO Max.

Martin stated, “Development is a long and chancy process, of course, and there’s no telling how many series will be greenlit in the end… I am really excited about the way some of them are coming along, though.”

“House of the Dragon” is set to debut on August 21, 2022. The series will air on HBO and HBO Max. If you are unable to access the channels due to geo-restrictions, here’s how you can watch HBO Max from anywhere in the world.

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