The fantasy drama House of the Dragon is a popular American TV show. As the second instalment in the series produced by George R. R. Martin and Ryan Condal for HBO, it serves as a prequel to the first series, which aired from 2011 to 2019. Both shows are adaptations of Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire books. The show is co-created by Condal and Miguel Sapochnik.
The series, which is based on the book Fire & Blood, takes place about two centuries before the events of “Game of Thrones,” or 172 years before the birth of Daenerys Targaryen, a member of the eponymous royal house, and about 100 years after the Seven Kingdoms have been united as a result of the Targaryen Conquest. All the events leading up to and including the “Dance of the Dragons” civil conflict within the Targaryen family are depicted here.
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Surprisingly, the results were somewhat mixed. In the age of binge-watching and instant gratification, there is a certain delight to be had when a show surprises you; the chance to sit back with your mouth agape and shout, “I can’t believe they did that.” However, we have grown so accustomed to adult-rated programming, that it now takes something truly shocking to evoke that reaction.
To illustrate this point, let’s talk about “Driftmark,” the eighth episode of House of the Dragon, in which a little boy cruelly slashes another young boy’s face and chops out his eye. Live broadcasts! Before the kids started openly fighting, there had been some icy exchanges between the parents.
This is the best case for a streamlined monarchy that could be made in favour of the House of the Dragon’s more personal approach to its forebear. Following Laena Velaryon’s death, members of many noble houses, including the Targaryens, the Velaryons, and the Hightowers, have congregated in Driftmark.
A social gathering in Westeros when no one is assassinated, as depicted in the opening sequence, which included a funeral and an even more unpleasant wake. Instead, the tension between old acquaintances, family members, and lovers served as the catalyst for the plot twists.
Here is a partial collection of embarrassing family secrets: Alicent (Olivia Cooke) is angry at Rhaenyra (now an adult, played by Emma D’Arcy) for lying about her relationship with Daemon (Matt Smith) and the legitimacy of her children; Rhaenys (Eve Best) is furious with Rhaenyra (now an adult) over the legitimacy of the heir to the throne’s children; Rhaenyra still has some lingering stress with Da.
Viserys, played by a suitably dishevelled Paddy Considine, watches over the debris, no doubt expecting that a dragon will consume him as well. The fact that he is still alive prevents their marriage. Daemon doesn’t sweat it; he quickly arranges the assassination of his late wife’s brother. In a matter of minutes, Rhaenys is weeping over the charred remains of her only surviving child.
Mostly because of its astute choice of actors, House of the Dragon is able to power through these plots. A counterpoint to D’Arcy’s wounded and resolute Rhaenyra is Smith, who manages to be smarmy, compassionate, and a touch lost all at once. All the more remarkable is the fact that the switch in the cast has only deepened their bond.
Rhaenyra says, “Fire is a prison, the water gives escape,” and nevertheless you believe such a preposterous sentence when it comes from D’Arcy. The revelation that Laenor managed to escape the onslaught is the first genuine nail-biting moment in House of the Dragon.
While the prequel’s more sophisticated characters and smaller scale have shown promise before, it was only in ‘Driftmark’ that these elements came together to create exciting television. It’s great news for the show and for HBO’s world-building gambles, setting the groundwork for more engaging drama and, inevitability, many more seasons.
HOTD Episode 8 Cast And Characters
Australian actress Amelia May Alcock. Their work together in the Foxtel comedy-drama Upright earned her a nomination for the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts. Starring as little Rhaenyra Targaryen in the hit HBO fantasy series, House of the Dragon marked her international breakthrough. The Casting Guild of Australia recognised Alcock as a rising star for 2018.
English film, TV, and stage performer Emma Zia D’Arcy has acted in shows like Truth Seekers, Wanderlust, and House of the Dragon.
Actor Matthew Robert Smith hails from England. For his work as the Eleventh Doctor on the BBC’s Doctor Who, Daenerys Targaryen on HBO’s House of the Dragon, and Prince Philip on Netflix’s The Crown (for which he received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination), he is most recognised.
HOTD Episode 8 Release Date
Sunday, October 9 at 9:00 p.m. ET, 6:00 p.m. PT, and 8:00 p.m. CT is the premiere airtime for the eighth episode of House of the Dragon on HBO and HBO Max in the United States. And it airs at the same time in a lot of other countries. Those with access to HBO Max can watch the premiere episode immediately, while viewers in other countries (such as the UK) can watch a simulcast on a local TV network.
HOTD Episode 8 Trailer
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