The Showrunner of “House of the Dragon” Concurs That Dragons Will Succeed It

According to “House of the Dragon” showrunner Ryan Condal, the next Game of Thrones prequel series is comparable to HBO’s Succession but with dragons. Alongside Miguel Sapochnik, who is renowned for helming some of the most ambitious and exciting Game of Thrones episodes, including “Hardhome,” “Battle of the Bastards,” “The Winds of Winter,” “The Long Night,” and “The Bells,” Condal, a former Game of Thrones cast member, serves as showrunner on “House of the Dragon.” The two replace David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, who worked on Game of Thrones but are not connected in any way with the prequel.

As the kind-hearted King Viserys I Targaryen, Paddy Considine leads the House of the Dragon cast, which also features Matt Smith from Doctor Who, Emma D’Arcy, Olivia Cooke, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best, Fabien Frankel, Sonoya Mizuno, and Rhys Ifans from The Amazing Spider-Man. “House of the Dragon,” 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones and based on George R.R. Martin’s 2018 book Fire & Blood, depicts the Targaryen family at war with one another and vying for possession of the Iron Throne. Although this show’s primary premise sounds remarkably similar to its predecessor, viewers have also been drawing parallels to another HBO miniseries that won an Emmy Award and featured a wealthy family arguing over the inheritance.

Condal answers to comparisons between “House of the Dragon” and Succession in a recent interview with SFX magazine (via GamesRadar). The showrunner acknowledges the resemblance when asked if the Game of Thrones prequel is essentially just “Succession with dragons” and explains that the other HBO program served as a direct inspiration for “House of the Dragon.” Condal’s comments are below.

Yeah, I think that’s actually a great metaphor, and the things we referenced in the [writers’] room the most were The Crown and Succession, just as tonal analogs and as shows that we, the writers, were really enjoying and immersed in. The original Game of Thrones is really the War of the Roses, so it’s the Yorks and the Lancasters [played out] with the Starks and the Lannisters – two separate families that never liked each other in the first place going at it. This, however, is the Dance of the Dragons. It’s a civil war that happens within a singular family, which in a way makes it much more engrossing and tragic, because you see people who are blood relatives turning against each other and going to war.

The parallel between “House of the Dragon” and Succession makes obvious sense to viewers familiar with both programs. Since the show’s debut in 2018, a significant portion of Succession’s fascination has been on who will succeed Logan Roy, the boisterous founder of Waystar RoyCo (Brian Cox), as CEO of the business, with his four adult offspring competing for a piece of the action. A similar notion underlies “House of the Dragon,” in which an old King Viserys is getting ready to designate the next ruler of Westeros while his brother and offspring are all vying for the position. The Dance of the Dragons, the Targaryen conflict of succession, is finally brought on by the King’s choice.

The fact that “House of the Dragon” is medieval fiction will help it stand apart from the realistic Succession. According to estimations, the program will feature well over 17 dragons in all. Still, it would be foolish to avoid drawing comparisons between the two HBO programs. When “House of the Dragon” premiere on HBO later this month, it will aim to match Succession’s nine Emmy wins over the first three seasons, leading some to label it the new Game of Thrones.

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