Game Of Thrones fans, George RR Martin absolutely loves the first episode of The House Of Dragon

The highly anticipated HBO Max Game Of Thrones prequel series House OfThe Dragon is coming to our TV screens in 2022 – and George RR Martin has shared all his first impressions.

It’s a small mercy that as even we head into another relatively uncertain new year, the entertainment world is guaranteeing us plenty of brilliant new TV shows. HBO Max’s Sex And The City revival And Just Like That is in full swing, there’s a stream of hard-hitting BBC dramas on the box, and it feels like even more new trailers for things we’re truly excited about are dropping every day.

One of the biggest TV shows on our radar in 2022, however, is undoubtedly House Of The Dragon. Based on George RR Martin’s Fire & Blood, the upcoming HBO prequel series is set a few hundred years before the events of the original epic Game Of Thrones, and unravels the story of the Targaryen dynasty.

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If you’ve been impatiently waiting for new details on the forthcoming series, you might be intrigued to know that Game Of Thrones creator and author George RR Martin has seen the first episode of House Of The Dragon – and he loves it.

In a post published on his Live Journal, Martin revealed that the “rough cut” he watched of the first episode lives up to all his expectations of epic fantasy.

“I am anticipating House Of The Dragon pretty eagerly myself, for what it’s worth,” he begins. “Okay, I am hardly objective. And I know a lot of what you will be seeing. (I, um, wrote the book). Also … mum’s the word now, don’t tell anyone… I’ve seen a rough cut of the first episode. And loved it. It’s dark, it’s powerful, it’s visceral… just the way I like my epic fantasy.”

Martin went on to explain that showrunners Ryan Condal and Miguel Sapochnik have done “an amazing job”, and praised the cast, which includes Emma D’Arcy, Olivia Cooke, Matt Smith, Paddy Considine, Steve Toussaint, and Rhys Ifans.

“Ryan and Miguel have done an amazing job, and the cast… just as with Game Of Thrones, most viewers will only have heard of a few of the actors, but I think you are going to fall in love with a lot of them. (Only to have your heart broken later when… but no, that would be telling),” he continues.

“I think the Targaryens are in very good hands. Anticipate away. I do not think you will be disappointed.”

Last year, fans were treated to a spine-tingling teaser trailer.

As excited as we all are, the dark and stormy clip doesn’t reveal much beyond what we already know: House Of The Dragon is set 200 years before the events of the original series, during the reign of the Targaryen family (hence all the white hair).

Adapted on tales from George RR Martin’s Fire & Blood, the HBO series will follow House Targaryen on the brink of civil war, a bloody battle that will become known as the Dance of the Dragons.

Here, we’re introduced to the core family members, including Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen, heir to the throne and younger brother of King Viserys Targaryen (Peaky Blinders’ Paddy Considine).

Truth Seekers’ Emma D’Arcy plays Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, King Viserys’s first-born child. Meanwhile, Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill) plays Ser Otto Hightower, the Hand of the King, and his daughter Alicent is played by Olivia Cooke (Sound Of Metal).

House Of The Dragon: Olivia Cooke and Rhys Ifans as Alicent and Otto Hightower.

“Gods. Kings. Fire. And blood,” Matt Smith’s Daemon growls in the trailer. “Dreams didn’t make us kings. Dragons did.”

And the teaser does deliver all of the above, with a glimpse of a dragon, plenty of sword fights and jousting and another look at the Iron Throne.

In fact, speaking of the Iron Throne, eagle-eyed fans have already been delighted to see how the seat now better reflects what’s depicted in Martin’s novels.

Will it be enough to smooth things over with GoT fans left outraged by how the series ended? Will House Of The Dragon be as good without the original showrunners? Who is the hidden Targaryen we see approaching the Throne? Well, like we said, the trailer’s not giving much away…

It did, however, confirm that House Of The Dragon will arrive on HBO Max in 2022. While there has been no confirmation of if/when HBO Max will arrive in the UK, we’ll be crossing our fingers that Sky Atlantic will pick the show up and air it not long after.

Images: HBO/Warner Media

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