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What "House of the Dragon" is missing
Examine the first season of HBO’s House of the Dragon, comparatively with the first few seasons of Game of Thrones. Something that is dearly missed is the sense of humor and witty dialogue. There is no Tyrion-adjacent character, not nearly enough dialogue and japes and sardonic moments, or Bronn-esk side characters. By no means did the humor lessen the impact, popularity, and fairly book-accurate depictions of the Game of Thrones TV series (not including the final seasons). Why is House of the Dragon choosing to be so grim? is it taking itself too seriously? will this effect its success? I’d love Fire & Blood readers to potentially lean in on this topic as well. It’s a very different style than the main SOIAF series, so does it warrant the TV adaption being so serious?
I remember watching “The Black Cauldron” as a little kid and being horrified…. such a sad dark scary world, (and from Disney?!) the world was not ready lol
After watching the first season of House of the Dragon, with both a clear head female protagonist and antagonist (these roles are set up as fuzzy and gray from the start) it will be interesting to see how much farther they stray from the Game of Thrones vibe. I personally loved the first 5 seasons, and there was a lot more dialogue and bits of sardonic dark humor that made it all the more entertaining, which HOTD is severely lacking so far.
I too, loved the show and its true-to-origins themes; the gritty struggle of rebellion and oppression. It’s also special, I think, because it’s such a microcosm of richly detailed events that are relatively far removed from the Star Wars universe most fans are familiar with (the 3 trilogies, plus maybe Clone Wars animation). The plight of Ferrix is completely unneeded to understand the main Star Wars story, yet so important to hammer (get it?) home the sonder feelings we should have when viewing the constant additions to the Star Wars new cannon.