The numerous practical components, such as sizable castle sets, that went into making “House of the Dragon” are revealed in a new behind-the-scenes featurette.
The show’s massive practical sets and props are hinted at in a recent behind-the-scenes video from “House of the Dragon“. After Game of Thrones ended in 2019, HBO quickly launched a number of spinoffs. One of the projects approved was “House of the Dragon“, a prequel to “Game of Thrones” that takes place hundreds of years earlier. The television show will portray a very different Westeros by narrating the bloody Targaryen civil war.
Many viewers are interested to see how the series compares to “Game of Thrones”, even though the show’s trailers have already teased some of what is to come. George R. R. Martin’s epic fantasy novels served as the inspiration for the HBO original series, which is renowned for its nuanced characters, complex plotting, and expansive scope. Every significant Westerosi family that was contending for the Iron Throne had its own castle complex, with the Starks residing in Winterfell and the Lannisters in King’s Landing. Many viewers are eager to see how “House of the Dragon” revives Westeros, given that it has an episode budget of about $20 million.
The size of the new show is now hinted at in a new behind-the-scenes clip called “Returning To Westeros,” which was posted on the Game of Thrones YouTube channel. The video reveals that many of the large castle sets from “House of the Dragon“, including King’s Landing, were actually constructed practically. The video also discusses the costumes and props for the show, all of which have meticulous attention to detail and were painstakingly made by hand.
Although there is still much to learn about “House of the Dragon“, it is obvious that the program is going all-in on practicality. Game of Thrones was surprisingly committed to shooting on location, building sets, and using practical effects. This made the world feel even more real, even though the show used CGI to create some mythical creatures and settings. The new behind-the-scenes look at the making of “House of the Dragon” teases that the prequel show followed the same philosophy, with the show’s castle essentially being built from scratch.
It’s unclear how “House of the Dragon” will stack up against “Game of Thrones”, but at the very least, it seems to have the same sense of authenticity and lived-inness. It’s encouraging that audiences will be as impressed by the size and level of detail in “House of the Dragon” ‘s sets and props as some of the actors are. Fortunately, with the show now less than a month away, fans won’ have to wait too long to see the practical aspects of the prequel for themselves.