‘House of the Dragon’ is a show for every ‘Game of Thrones’ fan


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Milly Alcock, foreground, with Paddy Considine in “House of the Dragon.”

Grant Nelson, Staff Writer

So the new “Game of Thrones” prequel, “House of the Dragon,” is great. 

It is based on the novel written by George R.R. Martin, and tells the story how the Targaryens (the House of the Dragon) came to rule over and create the seven kingdoms with their dragons burning down enter cities.  

The main story of the show centers on a civil war amongst the House of the Dragons and is filled with politics, sex, dragons, magic and brutal medieval battles.  

The book and show diverge in many parts, but both are filled with very interesting and well written characters. 

The show really delves into medieval lifestyles and culture, right down to polygamy and inbreeding amongst the lords and ladies.  

Matt Smith is the show’s best actor in my view. Yes, Doctor Who landed in the seven kingdoms. In fact, the first show episode sets Matt Smith’s character in a power game with his family members for the iron crown.  

The show is very much the same DNA as “Game of Thrones” for its humor, complex character morality and its dark ages drama. Give both the book and show a shot.