House Of The Dragon: Author Reveals Series Will Have No Lovable Characters Like Arya Stark

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Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin reveals that the upcoming HBO prequel series, House of the Dragon, will not have any likable characters, unlike the original show.

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Milly Alcock as Rhaenyra Targaryen in HBO’s House of the Dragon

The popularity of an epic fantasy television series like Game of Thrones capitalized on its success and has now started expanding its franchise with multiple spinoffs. The studio is currently working on three animated projects and four live-action series on deck. House of the Dragon will be the first spinoff to premiere after Game of Thrones.


The story will follow the House Targaryen’s origins three centuries back, and fans will witness the rise and fall of its empire. The events will lead to the greatest civil war called Dance of the Dragons. Starring Paddy Considine, Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, Matt Smith, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best, and Rhys Ifans, the prequel is based on Martin’s novel, Fire & Blood.

No ‘Arya Stark’ Kind Of Character For House Of The Dragon

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George R.R. Martin, creator of the Game of Thrones series

In his recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Martin discussed the series and compared it to a ‘Shakespearean tragedy’. He said that it won’t feature lovable characters as they did in Game of Thrones.


It’s powerful, it’s visceral, it’s dark, it’s like a Shakespearean tragedy. There’s no Arya — a character everybody’s going to love. They’re all flawed. They’re all human. They do good things. They do bad things. They’re driven by lust for power, jealousy, old wounds — just like human beings. Just like I wrote them.”

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Maisie Williams as Arya Stark

The author also commended the script for the House of the Dragon. After the controversy that followed the final season of Game of Thrones in 2019, fans are hoping that the prequel will remain faithful to the source.


A character like Arya Stark will definitely be missed by fans, but they will also be introduced to a new set of people with different motives and ambitions, who are most likely driven by a thirst for power. House of the Dragon arrives on HBO Max this August 21.


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