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House of the Dragon Hits Rings of Power Out of the Park, Next Episode Gets ‘Battle of the Bastards’ Rating on IMDB

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The medieval epic fantasies — House of the Dragon and The Rings of Power — have assumed control of modern television. Since the infamy of the adaptations of George R.R. Martin and J.R.R. Tolkien’s A Song of Ice and Fire and The Lord of the Rings saga respectively, there has been no turning back for film and television buffs. The incredulous worldly journeys spanning ages and eras have enamored the contemporary generation, and 2022 has single-handedly been the blessed year devoutly pandering to both factions, alongside the Lucasfilm crowd.

House of the Dragon
House of the Dragon (2022-Present)

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House of the Dragon Competes With The Rings of Power

No matter the scale of both the prequel series, the audience has a clear favorite. Historically, Tolkien’s indefinitely vast universe has existed and reigned supreme as one of the proponents of the modern fantasy epic, long before George R.R. Martin penned his saga. But whereas the former abound in mythology, bravery, heroism, and vanquishing of evil, the latter relishes in politics, villainy, espionage, and dominion.

House of the Dragon Episode 8 witnesses the looming war of succession
House of the Dragon Episode 8 witnesses the looming war of succession

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The stark contrast in the underlying theme of the narratives dictates the separation among viewers as one faction flocks to their fabled Middle-earth universe whereas the other finds refuge in the cruelties of Westeros. After acclimating to distinctly different epic landscapes, the live-action Game of Thrones and The Lord of the Rings sagas are now intricately delving into their prequel storylines. Although there is no inherent parameter of comparison between the two, apart from their similar genres, one still begs to ask — who is winning in the fight of the prequels?

Steve Toussaint plays Lord Corlys Velaryon aka Lord of the Tides
Steve Toussaint plays Lord Corlys Velaryon aka Lord of the Tides

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House of the Dragon Episode 8 Preview Deals Shockwaves

Season 1 episode 8 of HBO’s House of the Dragon titled, The Lord of the Tides is a reference to the head of the House Velaryon, a position currently held by Lord Corlys Velaryon aka the Sea Snake. Known to have the longest yet runtime in the series’ short stay, the 67-minute episode has been written by Eileen Shim and directed by Geeta Patel.

The preview of the eighth episode escalates the actions of the series until now and brings the events to their peak as tension spills over. The looming battle over the seat at the head of the House of the Dragon is an impending threat and the series witnesses swords being drawn and threats being made as the previous generation steps back from the fray and the children rise up to take control of the unfolding drama. Currently, the episode is being hailed as the best and most intense episode of all with an incredulous IMDb rating of 10.

House of the Dragon Episode 8 premieres on 9th October 2022 on HBO and HBO Max.

Source: IMDb

Written by Diya Majumdar

At 25, Diya Majumdar is inching closer to getting to the bottom of every film and television's history in existence. Having graduated with honors in literature from Miranda House, DU, her passion and profession both include dissecting the world of cinema, with more than 800 published articles on Fandomwire. She is a liberally opinionated person with an overbearing love for Monet, Edvard Munch, and Van Gogh and boasts of being an avid painter of all their troubled works.