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August 21, 2022 at 7:20 pm #1205051913
Loved the first episode. Ramin Djawadi killed it.
Feels good to be backAugust 21, 2022 at 7:21 pm #1205051915
Well, they got me. Real TV is BACK!!August 21, 2022 at 7:27 pm #1205051917
Loooooved. I’m so in again.August 21, 2022 at 7:28 pm #1205051919This post was found to be inappropriate by the moderators and has been removed.August 21, 2022 at 7:28 pm #1205051921
I liked this well enough. Smith was good and Alcock’s performance was very engaging. I would say script: 7/10, acting 8/10, production values: 9/10.August 21, 2022 at 7:42 pm #1205051926
An amazing return and pilot for the GoT franchise. Surprisingly, I really liked Matt Smith here but it was Milly who I couldn’t stop being enamored with. That ending scene with her official coronation as the heir was a perfect note to end on.
Plus, the beginning with the Daenerys note, they know she’s that bitch.August 21, 2022 at 8:07 pm #1205051949
I love being back in Westeros!
House of the Dragon‘s “The Heirs of the Dragon” didn’t match the quality of Game of Thrones‘ “Winter Is Coming,” but that was a pretty difficult ask considering that the latter is one of the greatest series premieres in television history. It did, however, still manage to provide plenty of context, a surprising amount of action, and a good set-up, as well as some nice callbacks (or would they be called “callforwards”?) to GOT without bogging down.
Sapochnik’s direction is, of course, terrific as always — expected considering his experience in the universe. The acting is on the same level as Game of Thrones, with Alcock, Considine, and Smith being the standouts (although watch out for Best in the coming episodes because she literally did next to nothing in the episode and yet my eyes still gravitated toward her). And the production values are just chef’s kiss, but we knew that already. The writing wasn’t as sharp as it could have been, but it was still respectable, and I hope, and think, that it will get better as the season progresses.
Overall, it was a great episode of television, and if it doesn’t roar out of the revilement of GOT’s eight season and fly into the sky, it still walks out of the flames just the same.
A- — 8/10 — Great
TL;DR – Great start to the series
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10. The MenuAugust 21, 2022 at 8:09 pm #1205051953
A solid pilot episode!
Personally, Rhys Ifans was the MVP for me here — but I’m often drawn to scheming, calculating characters like his.
I wasn’t too convinced by the CGI with the dragons
(especially in the scene with Queen Aemma’s body being burned).
The multiple callbacks to the original Game of Thrones took me out of the viewing experience slightly so I hope it was only to initially draw the audience in and that it dies down in subsequent episodes.
With all that being said, it just feels good to be back in this world again and to be watching a show where the conversation is abuzz.August 21, 2022 at 8:18 pm #1205051961
I will say (and this has been noted in other reviews) there’s a lack of levity missing from this. That doesn’t necessarily translate to Dinklage throwing barbs but it felt a bit staid. I think the acting was good but I’m not entirely sold on the chemistry between the characters outside of Alcock and Smith’s performances
In particular, knowing how fast this moves and how the relationship set up is important, I didn’t love the Carey/Alcock aka Rhaenyra/Alicent scenes. I did notice they constantly favoured close ups and foreground shots with Alcock which I guess I get in terms of them wanting a “new Daenerys” but I think it was done at the expense of showing the relationship between the two.
All nitpicks though. Not as good as the first episode of GoT, but it shouldn’t be expected to be.August 21, 2022 at 8:26 pm #1205051966
I will say (and this has been noted in other reviews) there’s a lack of levity missing from this. That doesn’t necessarily translate to Dinklage throwing barbs but it felt a bit staid.
This story has a character who is the comic relief in the book Fire and Blood, a jester named Mushroom, but apparently the writers cut him out of the series (I suppose it’s because the character has dwarfism and they might have been afraid of that some viewers would find offensive, after an iconic character like Tyrion Lannister on Game of Thrones).August 21, 2022 at 8:39 pm #1205051971
Loved the premiere. It had some flaws (the lack of a fluid editing), but the second half of the episode was great! The “birth” scene with the tournament until the last minute..so excited for the next episodes.August 21, 2022 at 9:19 pm #1205051980
This story has a character who is the comic relief in the book Fire and Blood, a jester named Mushroom, but apparently the writers cut him out of the series (I suppose it’s because the character has dwarfism and they might have been afraid of that some viewers would find offensive, after an iconic character like Tyrion Lannister on Game of Thrones).
I don’t even know if it’s comic relief – it might just be dialogue and line delivery. Let’s see, it’s only the pilot.August 22, 2022 at 1:11 am #1205052023
I loved this. Critics officially suck.August 22, 2022 at 1:18 am #1205052025
The way I have to wait until Thursday to watch this 😭 The first ep already has a 9.0 with 10K ratings on IMDb. Whew.August 22, 2022 at 4:07 am #1205052086
The dragons looked better in GOT but I hope they improve the quality of the CGI in the following seasons. It’s the only thing that bothered me otherwise this was great and Milly Alcock is such a star. I got chills when she said Dracarys. Finally the correct pronunciation.Not now
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