HBO has launched the trailer for House of the Dragon, which premieres on August 21. What did we predict?
DAN: First of all, I need to say that this trailer regarded a lot brighter and higher once I watched it on my TV vs my laptop computer. If you may, watch it the small display slightly than the smallest display.
Of course, it seems good both method. That was by no means doubtful. Seeing King’s Landing once more (with the Dragonpit intact) is a heat breath of nostalgia. Dragonstone seems implausible shrouded in mist. The costumes look luscious and the dragons fearsome (once more, notably on the TV). This is a luxurious trailer. The music by Ramin Djawadi can also be wonderful. I like the propulsive drumbeats.
As for drama, it’s virtually like we by no means left Westeros. My favourite second comes in direction of the tip when Alicent Hightower (Olivia Cooke) tries to stab Rhaenyra Targaryen (Emma D’Arcy) in open courtroom. This doesn’t occur in Fire & Blood, however it may as properly have. The present is placing quite a lot of weight on the connection between these ladies, and it seems just like the funding will repay. That bit is dripping with Shakespearean melodrama.
“Shakespearean” is a phrase I’ve seen thrown round loads over this present. I get it; the Dance of the Dragons is a tragedy for lots of the characters concerned. Take that horror and costume it up with million-dollar manufacturing values; it’s not a foul concept. That depth may additionally assist set the present aside from Game of Thrones. That present was famously grim, however I don’t know if followers are prepared for simply how bleak House of the Dragon could possibly be. This isn’t a contented story.
What do you all suppose? Are you able to change into one with the darkness? What in regards to the trailer stood out to you? And how ’bout them dragons?
CHELSEA: Is it potential to really feel nostalgia for one thing that ended solely three years in the past? Because this trailer displaying King’s Landing (with a dragon flying over it!) and the Iron Throne with composer Ramin Djawadi is taking me method again and giving me all of the Game of Thrones feels. I’ll completely lose my thoughts once I lastly see and listen to the opening credit.
I’m additionally undoubtedly getting Shakespearean vibes with this royal drama-filled trailer. And although there are literal dragons on this present, it by some means feels very “real” and rooted in precise historical past. Of course, George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire does share some putting similarities to the Wars of the Roses FROM British historical past. As for the Dance of the Dragons — which is what House of the Dragon is all about — there are definitely parallels to the Anarchy civil struggle in England and Normandy within the twelfth century.
I feel I’m going to do a deep dive into The Anarchy historical past and eventually learn Martin’s Fire & Blood now earlier than House of the Dragon comes out subsequent month.
FEDERICA: The three phrases that open the trailer couldn’t be extra becoming. Laenor Velaryon’s voice proclaims “war is afoot” over a quick lower of battle scenes, shortly adopted by the present’s title. The trailer correct begins with Rhaenyra strolling within the throne room. The juxtaposition of those two issues is a intelligent nod to Rhaenyra’s proper to the throne being on the heart the civil struggle. Opposite her sitting on the Iron Throne is her uncle Prince Daemon Targaryen (we all know based mostly on this promotional photo); that is most likely adopted by the clip proven at minute 2:21, when Daemon takes a jewel from Rhaenyra’s palms — one he most likely introduced her from his travels in his makes an attempt to develop nearer together with his niece.
For the primary time, we lastly obtained to listen to Rhaenyra’s voice as she expresses her intentions of ascending the throne. We see the younger princess studying from her father as she listens in on his Small Council classes and looking for counsel from her aunt Princess Rhaenys. We see Rhaenyra’s doubts, her companions, and lastly her proclamation as inheritor. Her highly effective line “When I am queen, I will create a new order” painfully echoes Daenerys’s “break the wheel” speech in an intentional homage that followers will undoubtedly respect. And then, her resigned consciousness that Alicent will stand in her method. Here, the trailer is deliberately obscure – it by no means says who Rhaenyra’s rival for the throne will probably be, and we by no means see Aegon II though we get an easter egg: Alicent warning a blond, youthful interlocutor that Rhaenyra will take away any problem. It virtually seems like Alicent herself is Rhaenyra’s competitors, particularly given the shiver-inducing clip of Rhaenys whispering in Alicent’s ear “have you never imagined yourself on the Iron Throne?”
The trailer goes full in at displaying Daemon’s ambition: from his indignation at being handed over within the line of succession to his unceasing efforts in battle to his fearlessness on the subject of dragon fireplace. We even get a glimpse of Daemon’s King of the Stepstones crown, which he’ll presumably lay at his brother’s toes, and lots of clips of his dragon Caraxes.
Another key picture is King Viserys chopping himself on the Iron Throne, foreshadowing the Seven Kingdoms bleeding attributable to his weak spot, his kindness that can result in his household’s doom. His prophetic dream is talked about, as is his misinterpretation that can result in civil struggle.
Rhaenys and Corlys are closely featured in varied scenes, each collectively and aside. Rhaenys is apprehensive for Rhaenyra and simple along with her. The trailer’s scene-stealer is Ser Criston Cole, the younger Kinsguard who turns into Rhaenyra’s sworn defend earlier than he switches sides and turns into her fiercest opponent. We see him with the younger princess after which later coaching Prince Aemond. The latter additionally seems claiming the large inexperienced dragon Vhagar.
Possibly essentially the most significant scene of this action-packed trailer was the parallel between the younger Rhaenyra and Alicent (Millie Alcock and Emily Carey) sitting shut at a desk praying collectively, and their older selves (Emma D’Arcy and Olivia Cooke) in the identical precise place, however with a major hole between them, a bodily and metaphorical chasm. Over these photographs, we hear Otto Hightower say to his daughter, “Our hearts remain as one” and Alicent sternly replying, “We hearts were never one.” I obtained literal chills.
My hype degree is off the charts. House of the Dragon is proving the competence of its showrunners an increasing number of every single day. Can August 21 be right here already?
DANIEL: My hype ranges are proper off the charts with yours, Federica. I’ve been psyched for House of the Dragon for some time, however this trailer went a good distance towards banishing any of my final lingering fears and getting me past excited for what’s to return.
An enormous a part of that’s the way it gave us a greater have a look at among the issues that had solely been hinted at in earlier trailers. The dragons are one of the outstanding, and they’re magnificent. I like the completely different design of the dragons, from Caraxes’ spiny beard to Syrax’s fanned tail and the heavy, imposing foot of the elder dragon Vhagar stomping down on the seashore.
It was additionally cool to see how dragons are part of the tradition throughout this era of Westerosi historical past, like with that dragon statue on the streets of King’s Landing, the truth that the dragons have saddles, or that the Dragon Pit remains to be intact. Combined with all these different little tidbits like the brand new/previous Iron Throne, it will get me actually excited to see how the workforce behind this present goes to convey to life this older period of Westeros whereas nonetheless making it recognizable as the identical place all of us liked from Game of Thrones.
Let’s see, what else? The music is implausible; it’s obtained a bit extra of a Renaissance Faire vibe to it than the music within the unique present, and I feel that matches the older time interval rather well. It was nice to get extra face time with all of the characters, and to truly hear Rhaenyra communicate this time round! Paddy Considine’s King Viserys is magnetic; there’s one thing about that temporary scene the place he tells Otto Hightower that he received’t be made to decide on between his brother and daughter for an inheritor that has been haunting me since I first noticed this trailer. Eve Best’s Rhaenys additionally actually popped out of the trailer for me as properly; I can’t wait to see her efficiency because the world-weary but compassionate “Queen That Never Was.”
Beyond all that, I simply love how a lot this trailer tells a narrative. It doesn’t simply really feel like a smattering of cool clips. We get debates about who would be the inheritor, a tease of Viserys pulling the rug out from beneath his brother Daemon, then the time soar to indicate how Rhaenyra’s battle to assert her rightful throne will spill into her maturity and the way the connection between her and Alicent will decay. There’s a sense right here that everybody is attempting to maneuver issues for their very own achieve or due to their very own paranoia. Otto convinces Viserys to call Rhaenyra inheritor, solely to then must kick himself over it when the precise time comes for her to take the throne. Alicent tells (presumably) Aegon II that Rhaenyra will take away any threats to her rule, whereas Rhaenyra ruminates on how Alicent will attempt to bar her from the throne. The darkish and heady drama is on full show, and I can not look forward to it to get right here on August 21!
RICHARD U: Overall, a properly put collectively trailer that succeeds in its function. In nearly two minutes, it units up the easy blueprint of the approaching story. The Iron Throne’s present occupant, King Viserys, is torn between the selection of his brother and daughter as the subsequent inheritor. Patriarchal custom makes the brother the anticipated selection, however the trailer makes it clear that custom is on the cusp of being damaged. Typical in realms each fictional and different, this surprising probability of change guarantees the drawing of weapons and blood. There is a transparent feminist facet to the narrative, and I feel that can invite some attention-grabbing issues in regards to the struggles for energy that Game of Thrones is thought for. Whenever any individual or character desires to be a ruler, they virtually all the time have to determine their proper to take action.
To use a Shakespearean instance, in Hamlet, Uncle Claudius wins the suitable to rule not simply by murdering the king, however by thereafter profitable an election. He has an electoral proper to rule, whereas Hamlet’s proper is hereditary. In House of the Dragon, each candidates’ proper is hereditary, and the distinction maker right here is gender. A patriarchal society would have the male win out, however once more, the one factor that helps that logic is custom and ingrained cultural concepts. (Well, again in medieval time individuals have been working beneath quite a lot of misconceptions too, however you get what I’m driving at.) Will it simply be a starvation for energy that motivates Daemon Targaryen the king’s brother, or are societal expectations enjoying a task as properly — not simply on him, however on different characters too?
Getting handed the themes and subtext, the trailer did some superb work pairing phrases and imagery. I liked that shot of Viserys on the throne, his blood-stained hand on the blood-stained arm relaxation, as he says “And I placed my hand up on the Iron Throne.” Not solely a grim visible metaphor for the implications of energy, however an allusion to all occasions up to now and, tragically, occasions sooner or later too. Another matching I preferred: “Knives will come out” as a personality locations a blade up towards one other’s chest.
So yeah, a enjoyable and efficient trailer. Only factor that may have made it higher is that if they really obtained Matt Smith to put on the dragon knight armor whereas driving the horse. Those CGI “insert actor face here” issues all the time stick out like blood in water.
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