As HBO’s “House of the Dragon” debuts in London and Amsterdam, dragons descend upon Europe.
Two significant European launch parties were attended by the ‘Game of Thrones prequel cast and creators.
The dragons from HBO have arrived in Europe.
Over the past week, House of the Dragon, the eagerly awaited Game of Thrones prequel, made two significant splashes across the Atlantic.
A premiere in Leicester Square on Monday night that rivaled anything witnessed before the outbreak was presented by Sky, HBO’s longtime partner in the United Kingdom. The doors to a castle that was apparently temporary were opened in order to reveal each member of the show’s lead cast, in addition to taking over two theatres, the Odeon Luxe and Cineworld.
Along with showrunner and co-creator Ryan J. Condal, the whole cast of House of the Dragon, which included Matt Smith, Paddy Considine, Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, Milly Alcock, Emily Carey, Rhys Evans, Fabien Frankel, and Steve Toussaint, attended the “homecoming” event.
Condal remarked on the red carpet, “There are no villains or heroes in here; only grey people who do good and bad things.
The fact that the script didn’t feel like just a spin-off impressed Considine, who portrays King Viserys I and is arguably the most well-known member of the group alongside Smith. He continued, “And the first episodes really hit the ground running.
On Thursday, August 11, HBO, a division of Warner Bros. Discovery, hosted a red carpet gala and launch party for House of the Dragon in Amsterdam, where the majority of the cast members and top executives were present.
The Beurs van Berlage, a 19th-century old grain exchange building in the heart of Amsterdam, provided a suitably regal location for the European premiere. A replica of the Iron Throne from the television show, as well as other prop copies from the series, were used to create an authentic House of the Dragon experience for visitors.
In House of the Dragon, Toussaint, who portrays Lord Corlys Velaryon, also known as The Sea Snake, said that creators Condal and Miguel Sapochnik “walked a tightrope” in order to make “something that was clearly in the Game of Thrones world, but without just repeating what Game of Thrones did so well.” This series is allegedly about a single family tearing itself apart, whereas Game of Thrones was mostly the story of these fighting factions from all over the kingdom coming together to battle for the throne. The friendship between two ladies, Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and Alicent Hightower, is everything.
The new Game of Thrones season is recounted on a more intimate scale, according to Olivia Cooke, who portrays the elder version of Alicent Hightower in the show. The first Game of Thrones was painted with a broad brush, “following all these infamous families warring against one another,” she said.
It is centered on a single family, the Targaryens, making it almost like a kitchen sink drama done on a grand scale and with enormous sets. plus dragons. As a result, it feels much more intense and private.
In House of the Dragon, Emily Carey, who plays Alicent Hightower, a young lady of the court, expressed her hope that Game of Thrones viewers would evaluate the new program on its own merits.
“We want it to be perceived as a distinct show. It’s a spin-off, a prequel series with new characters, not a continuation. However, because it takes place in the same universe, viewers will feel as though they are returning to the familiarity of the first season, she said. “I believe that viewers who are familiar with the book it was based on—George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood—will be astonished by how morally dubious the show initially is and how unexpectedly certain characters are depicted before they are tested to their breaking points.”