Over two years after Recreation of Thrones ended its eight-season run, HBO has lastly given followers a teaser trailer for its first Thrones spinoff, Home of the Dragon.
Set round 200 years earlier than the occasions of Recreation of Thrones, Home of the Dragon will inform the story of the notorious Targaryen civil battle often known as “The Dance of the Dragons.” With an enormous ensemble solid and acquainted medieval setting, the sequence guarantees to fill the violent, fantasy political thriller void that Thrones left open when it got here to an finish again in 2019.
However that doesn’t imply Home of the Dragon might be extra of the identical. In truth, the primary Home of the Dragon trailer reveals one main distinction between the spinoff and Recreation of Thrones.
Our First Look — Narrated by Matt Smith’s Daemon Targaryen (a reputation you’ll wish to keep in mind), the primary trailer for Home of the Dragon could be very a lot a teaser. There aren’t any traces of dialogue outdoors of Smith’s central narration. The trailer’s visuals are comprised primarily of temporary pictures of the present’s numerous necessary figures in addition to fleeting moments of violence and rigidity. The Home Targaryen image can be all over the trailer, although there aren’t any (still-living) dragons anyplace in it.
All the pieces culminates, nevertheless, with a short however thrilling have a look at the present’s model of the Iron Throne. With melted swords lining the ground across the throne like a pit of spikes, it’s a strikingly completely different tackle the throne than the one seen in Recreation of Thrones, however one which feels way more consistent with writer George R. R. Martin’s unique design for it.
Dragons & Kings — Within the books (and in Recreation of Thrones), the Iron Throne is alleged to have been constructed out of a thousand swords taken from Aegon the Conqueror’s enemies, which have been melted down and cast collectively.
Nevertheless, the model of the throne in Recreation of Thrones is way tidier than the one described within the books. As described by Martin himself, the throne is meant to be a “hunched beast looming over the throne room, ugly and uneven,” with iron steps main as much as a seat that sits excessive above the bottom.
Whereas the Iron Throne on this Home of the Dragon teaser doesn’t get the chair’s peak fairly proper, the addition of the melted swords on the bottom assist give it the harmful, messy, and ugly feeling that Martin supposed it to have. By itself, it’s a comparatively small design tweak, however one which helps put the Iron Throne in Home of the Dragon at the least just a little extra consistent with Martin’s unique imaginative and prescient than Recreation of Thrones’ model.
With that in thoughts, it’ll be attention-grabbing to see how — and if — Home of the Dragon in the end offers a cause for why its model of the Iron Throne seems to be so completely different than the one in Recreation of Thrones. Will the upcoming sequence function a scene the place the swords across the throne are eliminated or destroyed? Or will it merely permit this distinction between it and Thrones to exist with out clarification?
The Inverse Evaluation — Coming off Recreation of Thrones’ lackluster, critically-panned last season, it appears secure to say that followers will possible be approaching Home of the Dragon with a wholesome diploma of trepidation.
Taking that under consideration, that is an efficient (if lean) teaser — one which reintroduces viewers to the world of Recreation of Thrones all whereas establishing its core solid and time interval. Because of its new tackle the Iron Throne, Home of the Dragon additionally finds a technique to carve out its personal visible identification successfully.
Whether or not or not which means the present will be capable to ship a satisfying narrative expertise (that Thrones in the end did not) stays to be seen.
Home of the Dragon will premiere on HBO Max in 2022.