‘Sport of Thrones’ prequel turns into HBO’s finest launch

PARIS: Practically 10 million viewers in the USA watched the eagerly-awaited first episode of “Home of the Dragon” — the primary spin-off to “Sport of Thrones”, making it HBO’s most profitable sequence launch, WarnerMedia stated. The unique “Thrones”, with its distinctive mix of fantasy, violence, medieval politics and dragons, turned a worldwide phenomenon that hooked audiences and gained awards, however its 2019 finale was panned by followers and critics.

Set years earlier in the identical universe of George R.R. Martin’s fantasy books, “Home of the Dragon” depicts the glory days of the ancestors of in style “Thrones” characters, corresponding to Daenerys Targaryen. It’s primarily based on his e book, “Hearth and Blood”. The present’s premiere on Sunday night drew 9.98 million viewers in the USA throughout HBO’s platform, making it “the biggest viewers for any new unique sequence within the historical past of HBO”, the tv community’s proprietor, WarnerMedia, stated in an announcement late Monday.

It was additionally the “largest sequence launch on HBO Max”, its streaming platform, in the USA, Latin America in addition to Europe, the Center East and Africa, the US leisure large stated. There was “an unprecedented stage” of simultaneous streams on the platform, it added. The sequence has 9 episodes and options Paddy Considine because the kindly King Viserys and Matt Smith as his formidable brother Prince Daemon. “Sport of Thrones” ran for eight seasons between 2011 and 2019, and different spin-offs are within the works.

The HBO present’s reputation will seemingly be measured in opposition to “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Energy”, tailored by Amazon Prime Video. “The Rings of Energy” is about 4,000 years earlier than the movie trilogy and unique books, in a fictional “Second Age” — a historic interval sketched out in much less element by Tolkien’s writings. Amazon Prime purchased the rights for $250 million virtually 5 years in the past. It spent greater than $1 billion for 5 seasons of the present — every 10 hours lengthy. The primary season will launch on September 2.

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