“House of the Dragon” Won’t Have Any Iconic Characters Like Game of Thrones

In contrast to Game of Thrones, “House of the Dragon” won’t have any universally adored characters, according to author George R.R. Martin. In 2019, Game of Thrones ended, and HBO and Martin seized the opportunity to profit from its fame by starting work on several spinoff projects. The studio now has four live-action shows on the schedule and three animated spinoff television series in development. House of the Dragon,” their next Game of Thrones spinoff, is scheduled to debut next month.

The forthcoming fantasy-drama series will be centered on the family of silver-haired dragon-riding Targaryens and will be set roughly 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones. It will detail what transpired before the domestic conflict known as the Dance of the Dragons. The show will tell a story of political scheming and backstabbing, culminating in a conflict unlike anything seen in Game of Thrones.

Martin recently had a conversation about the show with THR. The writer complimented the upcoming program, comparing it to a “Shakespearean tragedy,” while asserting that the project won’t have any iconic characters like Arya Stark (Maisie Williams in Game of Thrones), who is universally adored. Read Martin’s comments below.

“It’s powerful, it’s visceral, it’s dark, it’s like a Shakespearean tragedy. There’s no Arya — a character everybody’s going to love. They’re all flawed. They’re all human. They do good things. They do bad things. They’re driven by lust for power, jealousy, old wounds — just like human beings. Just like I wrote them.”

Martin praised the writing for “House of the Dragon,” saying that the characters were as relatable as people could be in a program with magic, dragons, and the dead. Being able to say that his characters have been faithfully portrayed is incredibly reassuring considering how strongly devoted Game of Thrones viewers attacked the show’s final few seasons for departing from Martin’s original works. Arya, a beloved survivor, was explicitly mentioned by the author as a certain kind of character that won’t appear in the forthcoming series, suggesting that each new character will have a flaw.

It was nice to see a character like Arya in Game of Thrones, a series full of murderers, rapists, and other sinners, who had a single objective and were motivated by what she and most of the viewers believed to be good motives. Her friends and family were killed throughout the show’s first few seasons by people they trusted. Even though Arya wanted to kill them and conduct a horrific act, one could argue that what she did was an act of justice. On August 21, viewers will get their first look at the cast of brand-new cunning and manipulative characters in “House of the Dragon,” which will debut next month.