“Home of the Dragon” creators and stars had been keen to go away behind the tough remaining season of “Recreation of Thrones” as they launched its prequel at a glittering world premiere in Los Angeles on Wednesday.
The unique “Thrones,” with its distinctive mix of fantasy, violence, medieval politics and dragons, turned a world phenomenon that hooked audiences and swept tv awards, however its finale was panned by followers and critics.
“It’s an actual disgrace that they had been so disenchanted — nevertheless it has been 4 years, and it is a completely different story,” stated Miguel Sapochnik, the director of a number of much-loved “Thrones” episodes, who returned for the prequel.
“So now they get the possibility to have a special expertise. I hope they are going to,” he informed AFP on the premiere’s pink carpet.
Critiques and plot particulars of the primary episode of “Home of the Dragon,” out August 21, are below embargo, however its screening drew a glowing reception on the not too long ago opened Academy Museum in Los Angeles.
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 well-liked “Thrones” characters, comparable to Daenerys Targaryen.
“Whereas the unique ‘Recreation of Thrones’ was about a number of completely different households which are unfold over a number of continents, ours is a way more intimate story,” stated Sapochnik.
“It’s actually in regards to the dissolution of 1 household. So in a method, it wasn’t onerous for it to be completely different.”
Ryan Condal, who serves as the brand new collection’ showrunner together with Sapochnik, informed AFP that it had been “very tough” to finish the unique “Thrones” however that its prequel is “a completely new deal, it’s 170 years previously.”
“I feel there was a grieving course of for the followers,” he stated. “That they had spent 10 years with these characters, they’d grown up with them.”
Condal stated he believed there was nonetheless “a very sturdy underlying fan base” for the brand new collection.
In “Home of the Dragon,” Paddy Considine performs the kindly King Viserys, whereas Matt Smith is solid as his bold brother Prince Daemon.
Milly Alcock and Emma D’Arcy play youthful and older variations of the king’s solely little one Princess Rhaenyra, with the present’s timeline spanning at the least a decade.
Olivia Cooke, who performs a key function as Rhaenyra’s finest pal Alicent Hightower, stated it was “scary” to dwell on how the unique collection’ ending had been acquired, or may influence its successor. “It’s onerous to please everybody,” she stated. “I haven’t actually thought of that in any respect… I’m tremendous pleased with this.”— AFP