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Returning to Westeros; “House of the Dragon” is finally here!

Jenarita Plante

Anchor Staff Writer

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The world heard a collective sigh at the conclusion of the award winning “Game of Thrones.” The show ran for eight seasons, 73 episodes, and won a whopping 59 Emmy awards during that span of time. Viewers grew increasingly intrigued by the continents of Westeros and Essos, and grew to love, and hate, the characters that resided within their boundaries. The twists and turns of fates throughout the show kept viewers on the edge of their seats.

One of the most beloved characters, Daenerys Targaryen, is one of the last surviving members of house Targaryen. After spending her teenage years in exile, she’s married off to a Dothraki man. Daenerys loses her unborn child and her husband, but in a twist of fate, helps the hatching of three baby dragons, becoming their ruler and mother. The Targaryen line is full of dragon riders, but there has not been a dragon born in the past almost 200 years. Having the help of her dragons, we see Daenerys grow to be a powerful force rising back to power to help her family line once again sit on the Iron Throne.

Lovers of the wildly popular show can once again breathe since HBO has taken us back to Westeros. The long awaited prequel, “House of the Dragon,'' aired Aug. 21 of this year and truly feels like it’s one in the same with “Game of Thrones.”

The show centers around Rhaenyra Targaryen, the great grandmother of Daenerys, and her rise to power. It is a time when women are certainly not equals and Rhaenyra must fight for respect. After her mother’s untimely death in childbirth, she is the only possible heir to her father, King Viserys I. He names her heir, which goes against the advice of his most trusted advisors. Rhaenyra must prove that she’s a true ruler and that she deserves to sit upon the Iron Throne.

Although the season is only four episodes in, it is proving to have the same magnificence as “Game of Thrones.” The casting is flawless, with faces we have seen in other hit shows like “Outlander” and “Dr. Who,” and sets that are so intricately devine you feel as if you are there in Westeros yourself. The show is both entertaining and mysterious; you are never sure just what will happen next.

Of course, this isn’t a show you want to watch with little ones around, as there are some more adult scenes sprinkled throughout each episode. The first season will be running now through Oct. 23, with 10 episodes in all. Hopefully, it will be renewed for another season so that we may all remain in Westeros.


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