House of the Dragon, the prequel of the Throne of Swords has arrived (already renewed for a second season)

Three years after the last episode of Game of Thrones, the record-breaking TV series is back. In a prequel that promises sparks. Also thanks to a novelty: this time a woman will be in charge

  house-of-the-dragon The fantasy world of House of the Dragon, the new characters of the saga Video

Does power wear out those who have it or those who want it? If the French politician Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, first, and Giulio Andreotti, then, had no doubts (the famous aphorism is: 'Power wears out those who don't have it'), the answer is not so clear in the built world. by George R.R. Martin. A monumental universe whose characters revolve, between equally exaggerated passions and violence, around the most coveted of thrones: that of swords, symbol of the power of the Seven Kingdoms - Photo | video

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More than three years have passed since the final episode of the TV series Game of thrones and one of the most anticipated collateral projects is about to see the light: House of the Dragon . The prequel, with Shakespearean features, dedicated to the Targaryen dynasty, is available from 22 August exclusively on Sky and streaming only on Now, simultaneously with the United States.

A WORLD IN EXPANSION - The final episode of Game of Thrones, which aired on May 19, 2019, was the most watched in the history of the television channel HBO and, in the span of eight years, the show has won 59 EmmyAwards. By virtue of this incredible success, already in 2016, with the series still on the air, the producers began to think around possible prequels and spin-offs that started from the most loved events or characters, to further expand the narrative. After a few failed attempts, and in the complete secrecy of the operation ('When I got the role I couldn't even mention my friends why I moved to Australia, only my mother knew', told us Milly Alcock, 22 years old. , played by the young Rhaenyra Targaryen, one of the protagonists of this new epic), the first project to be actually developed was precisely House of the Dragon , centered on the civil war within the Targaryens that the author of the books, at the base of the series, recounts in the novel Fire and Blood . This is the silver-haired family of which the famous Daenerys, played by Emilia Clarke, belongs.

THE HOUSE OF DRAGONS - If in the Iron Throne the so evoked dragons appear only at a later time, in House of the Dragon these fantastic creatures have been fluttering in the sky of King's Landing since the very first episode. The new series shows us the events that took place nearly 200 years before Daenerys was born. We are in the glorious past of the Targaryen dynasty, when the house was in control of the Seven Kingdoms and sat unchallenged on the Iron Throne. The initial peace is destined to be broken by a war between two men and two women: King Viserys Targaryen (played by Paddy Considine) against his brother Daemon (Matt Smith); the daughter of the ruler Rhaenyra Targaryen (Milly Alcock as a young man and Emma D'Arcy as an adult) in opposition to her best friend Alicent Hightower (Emily Carey as a young man and Olivia Cooke as an adult). , kicks off when the king is forced to appoint an heir. For the first time in the history of the kingdom, it will be a woman who will be destined to the throne: Rhaenyra, the daughter of Viserys. Excluded from the race for the crown is the king's cruel brother, Daemon, who will not easily accept the decision. But it doesn't end there: Alicent, who had been a faithful friend of Rhaenyra, will turn into her nemesis after seducing her father and becoming his second wife.

THE GOOD KING “I don't think Viserys is a bad king just because he's kind and basically good. I just think he's not the king that others would like at the moment, 'says Paddy Considine, a British actor who has already been seen in Cinderella Man - A Reason to Struggle by Ron Howard and in the TV series Peaky Blinders , and that in House of the Dragon plays Viserys Targaryen. A sovereign who is worn down by power because he is too benevolent with respect to the violent world in which he is immersed. Unlike his brother Daemon and the characters we are used to seeing plotting in the background in George R.R. Martin, Viserys is not moved by the desire for power, but actually wants to be a king who does the best for the reign of him. 'He suffers from the difficult role he has been entrusted with, but he has no choice', continues Considine. 'I was very surprised and happy when they offered me the part of a Targaryen, moreover in a historical moment in which the house was at its peak'. Fear of being part of a universe so loved by fans all over the world? «I have great respect for the work done by those who preceded me, but I am a professional and I cannot worry too much about the rest. I did my best and I hope the public appreciates it ».

IT IS NOT A WOMEN'S UNIVERSE - Game of thrones over time she has had to face various accusations of misogyny for the way female characters are treated, in a world where brutality and explicit sex have never been lacking. But, in the words of the producers and writers of House of the Dragon , in this new series no scenes of abuse will be shown and in general the approach will be more complex and will focus on the control system put in place by men against women, rather than on the representation of sexual abuse. 'The goal is also to build strong female characters, capable of having a role and a voice in this male and violent world', explains Milly Alcock, the interpreter of Rhaenyra Targaryen, the heir to the throne around which it will begin. the feud. The new protagonist, despite having an appearance very similar to that of Daenerys, immediately shows a different narrative arc: 'Rhaenyra is a young woman who is initially in a position of great privilege and who does not hide her desire for power and his knowledge, however naive, of the mechanisms that govern it. But this universe teaches us that a moment is enough and everything changes forever. And that happiness in the Game of Thrones it never lasts too long ».
Giulia Perona