It’s no secret that there’s a Game of Thrones spin-off currently in the works. For months now, it’s all anyone’s been talking about – at least in our world – and most of us are waiting with bated breath for the show’s 2022 release date.

HBO only upped the ante when it unveiled this high-octane preview. For those who’ve been living under a rock, House of the Dragon is set 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones. Telling the tale of House Targaryen during its most tumultuous years, it boasts big-name stars, an exciting premise, and gripping source material.  

Here are just five of the million reasons why we’re excited to watch.

Game of Thrones

Admittedly, it went downhill during its final season, but in its heyday, Game of Thrones was the best program on TV. We were gripped by the machinations of House Lannister, the love affair between Jon Snow and Ygritte, and the perils faced by Daenerys and her dragons. Every week, we tuned in, went on a rollercoaster ride of emotions, and emerged desperately to see the next episode. If House of the Dragon is even half as good as Game of Thrones at its peak, we’re in for a treat.     

The Targaryens

Until her descent into madness and that plot twist, Dany was one of the best-loved Game of Thrones characters. We adored her integrity, strength, and incredible relationship with her dragons, and the more we learned about her family, the more gripped we became. From her terrible yet tragic brother Viserys to the madness of her father, King Aerys, we were enthralled by the tales of House Targaryen. To see them brought to life on screen is more than we ever hoped for.


We’re not going to lie – the dragons were one of the best parts of Game of Thrones. From the moment we saw them emerge unscathed from the fire in the season one finale to the heartbreaking scene when Drogon carried Daenerys’ body away, we loved seeing them soar across our screens. It was the dragons that elevated the story from gripping magical realism to high fantasy, and we enjoyed every second of their sinister majesty. The animation that brought them to life was also on another level.    

Still of Emma D'Arcy and Matt Smith in HBO's House of the Dragon.

The cast

Perhaps because of the success of Game of Thrones, it seems TV’s top talent has been queuing up to star in the House of the Dragon spin-off. With its predecessor having launched the careers of megastars like Kit Harington and Sophie Turner, it’s no wonder some big names want to feature. The cast includes Matt Smith (Dr. Who, The Crown), Steve Toussaint (It’s a Sin, Dr. Who), and Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill, The Amazing Spider-Man) among others. With such a tableau of talent starring, it’s hard to imagine the show being anything less than incredible.  

It’s based on GRRM’s books

Last but not least, House of the Dragon is based on GRRM’s Fire and Blood. It’s widely acknowledged that Game of Thrones only began to go downhill when it went past the material George R. R. Martin had written, which gives us hope that this show may well be as good as the early seasons.

As far as TV shows go, Game of Thrones in its heyday was the show to end all shows. Hugely successful, high octane, and exciting, it was little wonder it launched a global franchise. From clothing lines to video games to titles that number among the top 10 online slots, it was the cake everyone wanted a piece of, and who could blame them? Related products like the Game of Thrones slot, available to play at sites such as 888 Casino, had an inbuilt audience and were guaranteed to be successful. Consumers couldn’t get enough of them.    

Now, perhaps, it’s time for House of the Dragon to take its turn carrying the baton. If it’s even half as great as the original, we know our fellow girl geeks are in for a treat. Will you be watching with us in 2022?  

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