House of the Dragon begins with a bang while waiting for The Rings of Power

During the first episode of the series house of the dragonPrequel to the cult saga game of Throneswhich earned the best start by an HBO series, another fantastic series is on the horizon that’s no less anticipated: The Rings of Powertaken by Lord of the rings.

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fans of the series game of Throneswhich ended three years earlier were in for the launch of its prequel house of the dragon whose story takes place almost 200 years before the first series and tells the story of the bloodthirsty Targaryen dynasty and their seventeen dragons.

The first episode garnered 9.98 million viewers when it aired on HBO channels (traditional channel and HBO Max streaming platform) in the United States Sunday night, reaching “the largest audience for a new original series in the world.” Detailed “History of HBO”. Monday evening in a press release from the WarnerMedia group, parent company of HBO.

However, some experts have put this claim into perspective, pointing out that the series is derived from it game of Thronescould hardly be called an “original series” and that the first episode of the final season of the cult saga attracted around 17.4 million viewers.

house of the dragonMixing fantasy and political intrigue, it begins at the height of the Targaryen dynasty, whose power, based largely on their mastery of dragons, is being weakened by struggles for succession.

The cast includes Emma D’Arcy (Wanderlust), Matt Smith (Doctor Who, The crown), Rhys Ifans (The king’s man, Spiderman) and Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel, Ready player one) or even Paddy Considine.

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“Streaming Wars”

Warner Bros. Discovery, formed from the merger of WarnerMedia and Discovery, can take credit for the success of the first installment as this new American entertainment giant tries to find its place amid what has been dubbed the “streaming wars”. .

A strong competitor is already on the horizon house of the dragonwith the upcoming release of the first episodes of the series The Rings of Powerderived from the universe of Lord of the ringsa fantastic literary saga by JRR Tolkien.

Amazon Prime Video had acquired the rights to adapt the universe of hobbits and elves for $250 million about five years earlier.

The project, which will be spread over five seasons with a budget of more than $1 billion, has already been called the most expensive series in history.

Each season is scheduled to last around ten hours, and the first two episodes will air from September 2nd.

“big fantasy”

Creators as producers of house of the dragon and Rings of Power careful not to talk about rivalry.

While HBO’s new series has received generally good reviews, ratings for the Amazon series remain under embargo.

And indeed, the new media landscape makes any viewer comparison more difficult than in the past: while HBO welcomed good early viewership, Amazon will have no obligation to publish its own.

Indeed, some protagonists in the more “traditional” Hollywood universe have noted that Prime Video, which produces both films and series, doesn’t seem interested in the same numbers as its apparent rivals.

John Fithian, president of the National Association of Theater Owners, told AFP earlier this year that the US organization was “very concerned” about Amazon, noting that the group didn’t want to “profit” but from its films and series customers wanted to “shop and use the delivery services” of the e-commerce giant.

Fantasy fans have expressed their wish for the two series to be a success.

Even George RR Martin, the author of the literary saga game of Thronessaid in a recent blog post that she hopes the two shows will represent “great TV” and “great fantasy,” making it more likely that the genre will be even more present in popular culture.

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